We can’t wait to see you all and have made some changes to the workshops to ensure your safety, starting by changing them from drop-in sessions to bookable events. You cannot book as a group larger the 6 people or with people outside of your household. We are no longer running workshops as one large group, each family unit will have their own allocated space in the gallery which we’re calling ‘pods’ and will have their own materials within the pod so there will be no mixing or sharing. We have also reduced the numbers of families at each session.

Children 11 and under do not need to wear a face covering but we will require their grownups who can wear face coverings to do so. Don’t worry if you do not have a face covering or a mask, we can provide one on the day. Morgan and Tia (who will be running the session) will be wearing masks, face shields and gloves throughout the workshop too. Everyone will also be expected to follow social distancing throughout the workshop, we know little ones like to roam so we ask you keep an eye on them to make sure they are doing so safely. We hope our changes reassure you.

Free Family Workshops:

Join us at Leicester Gallery on the last Saturday of every month 1-3PM for a free family workshop. The sessions of hands-on creative activity, inspired by the current exhibitions, are aimed at ages 5-10 years but younger siblings and participants are more than welcome! Our free family activities are designed to inspire imaginations, engage, challenge and spend some creative time making and exploring contemporary art as a family. This is a bookable event with limited spaces, please email Morgan to book.

  • (FULLY BOOKED) Saturday 26th September 2020, 1pm-3pm – Aeroplanes
  • (FULLY BOOKED) Saturday 31st October 2020, 1pm-3pm – Drawing Dreams
  • Saturday 28th November 2020, 1pm -3pm – Circles

Get in touch: morgan.stockton@dmu.ac.uk

Open Play Workshops:

Our Open Play sessions at Leicester Gallery are for babies and toddlers aged 0-4, on the second Sunday of the month. This free workshop will explore the gallery through sensory and play led activities. This is a bookable event with limited spaces, please email Morgan to book.

  • (FULLY BOOKED) Sunday 11th October 2020, 11am-1pm – Soft Play
  • (FULLY BOOKED) Sunday 8th November 2020, 11am-1pm – Circles
  • Sunday 13th December 2020, 11am-1pm – Clay

Get in touch: morgan.stockton@dmu.ac.uk

Activity Sheets:

For 0 – 4 years old:                                                                          For 5 – 13 years old:

SOFT PLAY AT HOME                                                                    PAPER AEROPLANES

CIRCLES                                                                                            CIRCLES

CLAY                                                                                                 DRAWING DREAMS


Play with Clay:

Get your hands dirty and play with clay! You can squish it, bash it, roll it, flatten it, decorate it and join it to make something new and exciting. It starts off as a lump, but what will it become? We are putting together clay packs that you can collect them during our regular opening ours. If you return what you’ve made the following week, we will fire and glaze them for you to keep forever!

Get in touch: morgan.stockton@dmu.ac.uk

Atlas Explorers:

  • Tuesday 10th November, 11am-12.30pm.
  • Tuesday 8th December, 11am-12.30pm.
  • Tuesday 12th January, 11am-12.30pm.

We are working with artists to make maps of Leicester for our little explorers aged 0-4 years old in buggies to tour. Starting at the gallery, we will trail the sculptures on De Montfort University’s campus. If you can’t make it on the day please get in touch to pick up a map to explore in your own time.

Get in touch: morgan.stockton@dmu.ac.uk


We are working with Arts Council England on #Talent25. Talent25 believes that all children should have the chance to study and enjoy art, dance, drama, music or other cultural activities throughout their childhood and their adult lives.

Would you like to be a part of Talent25 research project?

To be part of Talent25 research project you should:

  • be the parent or carer of a baby aged 1 year old or younger
  • live in either Fosse, Thurncourt or Wycliffe wards in Leicester

If you meet these criteria and you’d like to be part of something special, please get in touch with the Talent25 team, letting them know your address, postcode and baby’s age.

Email: creativetalent25@dmu.ac.uk