Organising a group excursion to the Gallery? Here are some tips for a memorable class experience.

Before you visit:

  • Please use the Risk Assessment Guides to assist your planning. Guides are individually tailored for each event. Refer to the relevant exhibition page to access the specific Risk Assessment Guide for the exhibition you are interested in visiting.
  • Temporary vehicle set down is located on Limestone Street adjacent to the RSL Park (corner of Limestone and Nicholas Streets). Traffic lights regulate pedestrian crossing.
  • A large lift services all levels of the Gallery.
  • Adjacent to the Gallery Forecourt is a shaded area suitable for eating breaks (seating directly onto paved steps). The RSL Park is also shaded (seating onto grass). Note the park is situated across the road from the Gallery – traffic lights regulate pedestrian crossing.

When you arrive:

  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your program commencement time to allow for bathroom visits, bag cloaking etc.
  • Assemble your group on the Gallery Forecourt (foyer in wet weather) and check-in at Gallery reception.
  • Bags and umbrellas must be cloaked on arrival.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the Gallery except for bottled water.
  • Students must leave items such as hats, mobile phones, iPods and pens in their bags.
  • Bathrooms are located on the Lower Ground floor of the Gallery. Teachers must supervise students at all times.

While you are here:

  • Please remember that students must be supervised at all times.
  • Student behaviour and safety is the responsibility of teachers for the duration of your visit.
  • The recommended minimum Student : Teacher/Adult radios are:
    5 : 1 (Kindergarten – Year 3)
    10 : 1 (Year 4 – 7)
    15 : 1 (Year 8 – 12)

Please share the following information with your students:

  • Please do not touch the artworks. Artworks can be damaged even by the slightest touch – so please look with your eyes only.
  • Walk, don’t run. Consider your own safety and other Gallery visitors by walking through the Gallery.
  • No flash photography. The light from a flash can damage artworks so please only use non-flash photography. Also, for copyright reasons photographs should include more than one artwork.
  • Visual Arts Diaries and pencils. Students are encouraged to bring their own Visual Arts Diaries to record aspects of their visit. To do so, please use pencil only – no pens.

After your visit:

Make a day of it in Ipswich and enjoy these other attractions right in the heart of town:

Visit the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre to discover more local attractions and activities your class can enjoy!