General information

We have baby changing facilities on each floor and in Building 57-59, our Learning space.

Please feel free to leave your buggy in our cloakroom, located to the left of the entrance to the exhibition on the ground floor.

We have a café which offers child-friendly options.

Please be aware that some of the sections in the Turner Prize exhibition contains some material which may not be deemed suitable for young children. It is up to you to assess the work before you view it with your child.

Family Programme

Cut-Ups: talk, make, draw, sing, dance, play.

Come along and drop in to one of our Sunday studio drop-in sessions where anything can happen!

Activities are led by our Learning team and involve themes and issues linked to The Turner Prize exhibition.

  • When : 12noon-3pm every Sunday beginning Sunday 3 November except Sunday 29 December
  • Where : Building 57-59
  • How : No booking necessary, however there is a limit of 20.
  • How much? : FREE

You and Me

These slow-paced, informal sessions are aimed at parents/caregivers of very small children (0-crawling), who would like to meet others, relax and see some art.

  • When : Tuesdays at 11am beginning Tue 29 October except Tuesday 24 December and Tuesday 31 December.
  • Where : The Turner Prize Exhibition. Meet at reception
  • How : Please book in advance by emailing: turnerprizelearningteam@cityofculture2013.com as places are limited to 10.
  • How much? : FREE

We are Family

Do you have a baby, a toddler and a teenager? No problem, everyone can join in together no matter what age they are. These workshops are designed as a whole family experience and are a mixture of gallery-based and studio-based sessions which aim to develop ideas that stem from our discussions. We will focus on looking at the artwork in the Turner Prize exhibition and talking about what we all see, together. This will be followed by some time in our Learning space where there is a rolling den for babies, free and open space for toddlers and plenty to engage older children and adults. These sessions take an hour and a half and are facilitated by artists and educators.

  • When : Saturday 2 November, Saturday 16 November, Saturday 30 November and Saturday 14 December at 11am.
  • Where : The Turner Prize Exhibition. Meet at reception
  • How : Please book in advance as places are limited by emailing: turnerprizelearningteam@cityofculture2013.com
  • How much? : FREE

Special Events

Join us to get ready for Christmas to make christmas decorations, christmas cards, gift tags. We will play games, sing and have lots of fun!

on Saturday 21 December 12-4pm (please note that this workshop is now fully booked but we do still have places for Sunday 22nd)

Sunday 22 December 12noon-3pm in The Learning Space, Turner Prize 2013.

These workshops are suitable for children (and parents/caregivers) of all ages.

To book a place for your family, please email: turnerprizelearningteam@cityofculture2013.com

Mid-term Halloween Family Workshop for children ages 3-6years

Come along in fancy dress and make something spooky for Halloween. Sweet treats included!

Turner Prize 2013 and Coniston Institute Youth Club Want Tea/ Wantee collaboration with Laure Prouvost

30 November. 2pm-5pm

In 2013 the Coniston Youth Club assisted Grizedale Arts and artist Laure Provost to make a work of art for Tate. The youth club has had an ongoing engagement with Laure during pottery workshops, making items for Turner Prize 2013 in Derry-Londonderry. Over the summer they have been working on developing the ‘Children’s Restaurant’ project which will be piloted during Turner Prize 2013 show as a ‘Want Tea’ tearoom. The group have also been working to design and hand print tea-towels and the small scale production methods of this process has been developed as a portable printing unit which is being brought to Derry-Londonderry on Saturday 30th November for a special event where the Coniston youth group will run a skills exchange with a local youth group to design and print their own distinctive Derry- Londonderry Tea Towel. Programme: 2pm-3:30pm This is a drop in session but please allow at least 20mins to create a tea towel. Join Grizedale Arts and the Coniston youth club in Building 57-59, Ebrington, for a drop in workshop to design and print a tea towel. This is an ideal family activity where you can work together with simple block and stencil printing techniques to create a design as your memento of Turner Prize 2013.  All materials provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.To book a place, please contact Lynn McGrane, Head of Learning by emailing: lynn.mcgrane@cityofculture2013.com  Please join us afterwards for afternoon tea.4pm: Wantee performanceThe ‘Want Tea’ tearoom will be dressed with hand-made functional crockery and the youth waiters/ performers will wear outfits & aprons with hand embroidered motifs. The process of making these items has been an exchange between Laure, sending them her designs and local experts running workshops to teach the youth group the basic craft skill. The youth group has reproduced the hand crafted items and will use them to create a performance in the exhibition space where tea will be served.


Space in a Place

Sunday 15 December, 12-3pm The Learning Space, Ebrington

Join artist Sinead Smyth on December 15 to create a ‘space in a place’.

Each Turner Prize artist has created an environment within the gallery space for participation and interaction. Now it’s your turn! Using natural materials, create your own environment together outside and afterwards, join us for hot chocolate to warm up!

Places are limited to please email: lynn.mcgrane@cityofculture2013.com to book a place for your family.



In collaboration with Early Years

The Turner Prize 2013 will work with Early Years to ensure the highest quality experience for our young visitors and their families. Early Years which is the largest organisation in Northern Ireland for young children has been working to promote and develop high quality, evidence-informed early childhood services for young children, their families and communities since 1965.

Invitation to families to get involved in our partner programme

We would like you to come along to our specially designed Early Years family sessions.

Who you are

You would like to explore a new adventure in art with your children and meet other families in a safe and informal environment.

What will happen

These sessions will work with the whole family unit, so parents/caregivers can come to the session with children of different ages and we will all work together.

The emphasis will be on looking at art and discovering things together and rather than the facilitator giving information, the sessions will be led by you and your ideas. If this sounds daunting, don’t worry, the facilitators are highly experienced and you will be in a relaxed, informal setting with other families all at the same starting point. Some of the sessions will be based in the Turner Prize galleries, some in other visual arts spaces around the city, and some in the Turner Prize Learning space where studio work with different artists will take place to complement the discussions and sound, touch, and movement will be used in the sessions to deepen engagement.

A maximum of five families can take part in this programme and you will be asked to commit to three sessions, the dates of which will be worked out between the group at our first meeting.

If you would like to take part, please contact Lynn McGrane, Head of Learning by emailing: lynn.mcgrane@cityofculture2013.com

The closing date for applications is Monday 14 October and the first meeting will take place on a date that suits everyone.

How much does it cost?

This programme is free, but it does require the investment of some of your time.