Manchester Art Gallery


Screenshot of Horsfall loans microsite


Art Loan Scheme

‘For to love beauty is to see it almost everywhere…’TC Horsfall, The Study of Beauty, 1883

Horsfall believed that art in the classroom could make a difference and set up one of the first picture loan schemes for schools. In 1894, the Museum circulated two hundred collections to local schools.
We have artworks from this collection available for schools to borrow for FREE. Find out more here.

Screenshot of the Image to Text resource displayed on the wall at Manchester art gallery for self guided groups to access


Creative writing

Working with one artwork can help you to connect with and read visual images to get words and ideas flowing.

These explorations in creative reading and writing allow you to move initial ideas into a range of varied, compelling and unique written responses.

Find out more about our presentation tool & Teachers notes

Ford Madox Brown, Work, detail one of the artworks used in our key stage 2 Victorians workshop

Discovering Work

Ford Madox Brown’s celebrated painting Work, is brought to life in this interactive developed for KS2 pupils. The interactive includes teacher guides, an extensive background to the characters in the painting and to Ford Madox Brown himself.

Van Dyck, self Portrait, detail

Art of looking

A 10 minute audio guide using mindfulness techniques to enable you to slow down, look at and engage with Van Dyck’s last self Portrait.

Produced by Manchester Art Gallery with Cathy Fortune, Charlestown Community Primary School, Creative Living Centre and Start in Manchester.

Karrie Fransman

Karrie Fransman’s Selves Portrait

Comic book artist Karrie Fransman describes making her Selves Portrait in response to Van Dyck’s final self-portrait.