Artsmark offer for schools

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awarded by Arts Council England, recognising their commitment to high quality arts and cultural education.

The Ropewalk is proud to be supporting schools and education settings on their Artsmark journey, inspiring children and young people to create, experience, and participate in great arts and culture.

We offer education settings who are working towards, or currently hold an Artsmark Award, with the following opportunities:

Gallery visit and talk
Schools are offered the opportunity to visit the galleries, receive a talk about the exhibitions and are given the chance to ask questions.  The offer is suitable for all key stages although please check the website for details of exhibition content suitability

During the visit children and young people will learn about the work of an Artist and about The Ropewalk as an Arts Organisation.

There is no cost for this offer but booking is essential.  Please contact 01652 660380 for availability.



The Ropewalk provides a broad range of artist-led workshops delivered in-house or off-site in schools. In addition to ready made workshops we can also tailor make workshops to fit into current schemes of work. For further information please visit the Previous Workshops Page on the menu to the left.

Accredited learning is also available and The Ropewalk has experience of working with pupils to achieve their Arts Award.

Cost and Availability

We are a non-profit organisation and our fees are calculated to reflect an average class size of 30 children as follows:

Half Day workshop approx 2 hours – £150
Full Day workshop – £250
All prices are VAT exclusive

Larger and smaller classes can be catered for please get in touch to discuss numbers and prices.

All workshops link to both the Art & Design and Design & Technology curriculum, supporting pupils to use a range of materials creatively to design and make a product, develop a wide range of art and design techniques and learn about the work of an artist.

Facilities & Self Guided Visits


Self guided visits to the exhibition and galleries are available throughout the year. We can provide a lunch room for an additional charge. We advise that you allow between 20 and 30 minutes for a visit of this nature.

We offer a space for lunch if requested, with no additional cost when booking an artist led workshop.

The Ropewalk houses two art galleries, a craft gallery and sculpture garden as well as a heritage display containing articles and information relating to the building’s former purpose as a rope making factory.

The Ropewalk has level access throughout.


Getting the most out of your visit

All of our artist led and self guided activities can accommodate up to around 35 children per session.

The Ropewalk is an independent centre for the arts and attracts many visitors. We cannot guarantee exclusive access to our facilities during self guided visits, however we do restrict public access to education spaces during organised workshops.

You are welcome to come and view our facilities prior to booking a workshop or in preparation for your visit. Ropewalk staff will be happy to answer any queries you have. We aim to be an inclusive facility and will be happy to accommodate any particular needs that you identify.

Most of our workshops are adaptable to last for a half day or full day. Please specify if you would like us to alter the duration as published or wish to make any other changes or adaptions. If you would like further detail about any of our workshops, please call to discuss.

Tailoring and Adaptability

If you have an activity in mind which is not advertised please enquire. Whether you’re studying Ancient Greece, Growth & Life cycles or Dinosaurs, we can usually design a bespoke creative workshop to explore your topic.


Our child protection policy is available to view online. All of our artists are vetted in line with the Disclosure and Barring Service. We require artists to have their own public liability insurance. All of our workshops are risk assessed and a copy of this assessment will be issued along with your booking confirmation.