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) fundraising.
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. The only thing we ask is that schools provide us with the very best art work and that the exhibition is well publicised and treated as a special event in the calendar.
Will this involve lots of work?
Schools invite us back because our full service makes holding an exhibition a breeze. Your major task is to help children produce a stunning piece of 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.
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!
Why Images School Art Exhibitions?
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 many 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:
- After cataloguing your artwork, we send you report showing any children that have been left out. If they can have their artwork ready in time, we can frame it on the day.
- Every child receives a colourful sticker with their picture number on it. This not only boosts their pride, but helps them find their own and each other's pictures.
- We use plastic and not glass. Plastic is much more expensive, but is obviously much safer in the school environment.
There is much else that makes our service the best, and your local exhibition expert will be happy to tell you more.
Will you need our help at the exhibition? Can the PTA assist?
The exhibition will take 1-2 hours to set up depending on the size of your school. Although it is not necessary, we always welcome the help of the site manager to unload. Once the stands are in place some of your older pupils could help speed up the process by putting the pictures in place. For large exhibitions we will need help on the sales desks until the initial rush dies down and help dismantling the stands at the end means everyone can go home quicker. The PTA can add to the occasion by providing refreshments.
Are you properly insured and police-vetted?
Our franchisees are required to take out at least £5m public liability cover and are DBS-checked.
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. For larger schools an exhibition can be held over two days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are Images GDPR compliant?
Yes completely. We will ask you to sign a brief, joint contract that complies with the seventh data protection principle (appropriate security measures) under the DPA.
Do you offer different sizes of frame?
In order to display the art of the whole school together we only offer one frame size. You can, however, complete larger pictures by using the back of the paper and forfeiting the mount.
What is the best time to have an exhibition?
An art exhibition can be held at any time of year and can be organised in as little as three weeks depending on the size of the school. It is advisable to book early around popular dates like Christmas and the Summer or if you have a particular date in mind that coincides with a special school event.
Can an exhibition run alongside another event like a Christmas fayre?
Yes, it can as long as you have enough hall space and parents know to bring extra money. However, it is not just about the money and you would lose the 'gallery experience' that is so valuable for the pupils. An exhibition perfectly complements events like open days or parents' evenings.
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.