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Frequently Asked Questions


Why do schools do this?

The reasons that schools give are: (a) boosting the children’s self-esteem; (b) underpinning learning through art with the exhibition as a focal point; (c) raising the profile of the school (local press and Ofsted inspectors are big fans of Images exhibitions); (d) involving parents in a superb event; and (e) fund-raising.

Is there really NO RISK to the school?

The Images service is FREE and there is no financial risk. We even provide the special art paper free of charge. Parents value the opportunity to buy their children’s framed artwork, and we share the profits with you or your charity. Your only cost will be for your normal art materials, and we take away any unsold frames for recycling.

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Will this involve lots of work?

Schools invite us back because our full service makes holding an exhibition a breeze. Your major task is for the children produce the artwork – something they will be doing as part of the curriculum anyway. Prior to the exhibition, we will give you advertising materials to send out and display. On the day itself we will need a very small amount of help (see below). Afterwards, parents who missed the exhibition may want to pop in to buy their child’s picture.

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What do parents think of this?

Parents love their children's exhibitions. They enjoy touring the gallery and discussing the pictures with their friends and children. They say the framed pictures offer exceptional value for money, welcoming the chance to display and treasure their children's framed work at home. The exhibitions always have a positive "buzz" and second exhibitions are often organised at the parents' insistence!

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Why use Images?

While the benefits of a whole-school exhibition are substantial, so is the amount of work involved. We take this off your hands, leaving you to focus on the educational aspects of the project.

From planning advice, to cataloguing and framing, from staging the exhibition to providing complete documentation, we make it easy for you. And because we produce our own frames in our own British factory, and have developed our systems over 10 years, we can do all this for FREE and keep the frame price low.

Our experience gives you the peace of mind that your exhibition will be a success. Here are just three examples of our care and attention to detail:

There is much else that makes our service the best, and your local exhibition expert will be happy to tell you more.

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Will you need our help at the exhibition? Can the PTA assist?

Images offers a complete exhibition service and will take care of everything on the day except only that the sales desks can be very busy when the exhibition opens, making your help there necessary until this subsides. Further help is not required but always welcome if you wish to be involved or help speed the setting up or dismantling. The PTA often adds to the occasion by providing refreshments.

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Are you properly insured and police-vetted?

Our franchisees are required to take out at least £5m public liability cover and are CRB-checked.

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What is the schedule on the day of the exhibition?

No two exhibitions are the same, and we will plan the day with you according to your preferences. A typical exhibition would be set up immediately after lunch, and the children would then visit by class or year group before the doors opened to parents at pick-up time. We would dismantle the exhibition in an hour or two depending on size and access. Some schools prefer an earlier set-up and some hold evening events. Exhibitions can even be run alongside Open Days or Parents Evenings.

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We have cooked lunches in the hall – will this be a problem?

If you would like your exhibition to start before lunch, it may be possible to move the stands aside for lunch and back again afterwards. Such options would be discussed at an initial meeting.

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How soon can I have an exhibition?

After an initial meeting, you need to allow enough time for the children to produce the artwork and a further two weeks for Images to catalogue and frame it. A faster turn-around may be possible by arrangement, whereas some schools like to take a term or more to accumulate artwork from their normal curriculum.

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Is my school too big or too small for this?

We have worked at a wide range of schools – please contact us to discuss your needs.

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How much will be raised for our school or charity?

Your local Images representative will be able to give you a good idea of this. Fundraising is from the sale of framed pictures and will vary according to the picture price you choose, how enthusiastically your parents support the event, and other factors.

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How do I find out more information or make a booking?

Please complete our contact form and your local Images representative will contact you as soon as possible.

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