Since 1998, the gallery has built up a reputation for its innovative outreach projects working with diverse groups including young people at risk of social exclusion, children with special needs, schools, families and older people across the borough. Many of these projects are the result of partnerships with a range of organisations.
If the project you are interested in is not listed, contact the gallery for more information.
In 2015 Richmond upon Thames marked the 50th anniversary of the creation of Greater London with a programme of activity called Joined by the River: 50 years of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. This was made possible by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant and match funding from Richmond Council. The project involved exciting opportunities for local school children, young people, older people, volunteers, local residents and visitors from other areas. There were three areas of activity including a research and oral history strand, an education and community programme and a 50th anniversary exhibition.
“After Tipperary” explores the theatrical scene in Richmond. This is by examining the various changes that took place within the entertainment industry and how the First World War impacted theatre. The resources will give Key Stage 2 pupils a chance to reflect on the use of propaganda and theatre. They were both a key influence in the recruitment and spirit of soldiers. The theme of escapism will also be introduced, as well as propaganda and women’s role in theatre.
In 2014-15 Orleans House Gallery led a project with 11 partner museums in West London to increase volunteering capacity. This Arts Council England funded project aimed to support organisations to think strategically about their volunteer programmes and work towards embedding best practice in their day to day activities. Orleans House Gallery managed the project including providing training opportunities for project partners and volunteers as well as leading a joint recruitment campaign for volunteers.
View the case study booklet(pdf, 1265KB) and evaluation report(pdf, 985KB) They detail how project partners invested in the development of their volunteer programmes and shared the key lessons learnt.
“In Their Footsteps: Richmond’s First World War”, provides an accompaniment to the exhibition which took place from 2 August to 16 November 2014. It was created by young people in the borough and was inspired by the forgotten stories of the First World War.
School children will discover what their community and the borough of Richmond contributed to during the First World War. They will also learn about how life has changed since then. This education pack is aimed at primary schools. It will aid teachers in the delivery of cross-curricular activities that will engage and inspire. A timeline, map, images and a glossary are included. These will help put into context the ten stories from 1914 to 1918.
This project, generously supported by Arts Council England, enabled Orleans House Gallery to act as a leading partner in training and supporting eight West London museums to explore the application of Arts Award in museum settings. The Arts Award provided a pathway and incentive for the partner museums to explore and implement new ways of working and to test the methodology of sharing learning and developing practice.
Young people created their own comic narratives based around change, transformation and overcoming barriers. The project was part of Richmond's Culture 4 Keeps programme and included contributions from young people from both Positive activities for Young People and Children Looked After. Work created was displayed within the Liveline exhibition at the Riverside Gallery, Richmond, and the Foundling Museum as part of the touring Flourish exhibition.
Members of the weekly HEART young parents group based at Orleans House Gallery contributed to the hottest debate in contemporary art – the Fourth Plinth project to choose a new piece of sculpture for the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. HEART members visited the National Gallery to view the artists’ designs before taking part in artist-led workshops to create their own public art sculpture and finally contributing to a high profile conference on Public Art at the National Gallery.
Teams of Gifted and Talented pupils from Orleans Park School and Waldegrave School took on the role of an entrepreneurial local café business and were tasked with the challenge to create a “family friendly” business plan for the future North Stables Café.
A Museums and Galleries Month family learning project working with carnival artist in residence Carl Gabriel and local families to create a collaborative sculpture, exhibited in Parallel Views: Black History in Richmond exhibition. View evaluation report.(pdf, 86KB)
For hundreds of years, people have recorded their impressions of the area surrounding Richmond through the creative arts, capturing what made Richmond special to them. Orleans House Gallery and London’s Arcadia invited young people in the borough to update the record, using photography to tell us what they enjoy about the area today by responding to the theme What Makes Richmond Special?
This project, generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part 2007 bicentenary commemorations, provided a fantastic opportunity for us to develop and deliver an exhibition and learning programmes around the local area’s more diverse heritage. The exhibition and its associated community engagement programme explored the relevance of the bicentenary anniversary for communities in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, uncovering local associations with slavery and its abolition. It also told the parallel story of slavery in our twin town Richmond, Virginia, USA. View evaluation report.(pdf, 967KB)
Children, young people and families worked with animator Will Bishop Stevens to create a film share their ideas about local services for children and families. View case study on the IDeA website
Local families worked with project artist Francis Bossom, taking part in a range of activities helping them to explore the history of the building, site, and Borough Art Collection as a starting point for creative consultation activities to help develop the heritage display panels for the café, self-directed learning activities for visitors and site ‘treasure trails’. View evaluation report.(pdf, 1131KB)
A street art project during October 2006 half term, in which a group of looked-after children worked with artists over five days to learn and showcase what can be done with spray-can art in a safe, legal setting. View case study on the Home Office website
An environment-themed Family Learning project delivered in partnership with Richmond Library Service at branches around the borough. View evaluation report(pdf, 219KB)
Art Club participants investigate the links between the historic works in the Borough Art Collection and the heritage landscape around them with the help of London's Arcadia.
Site specific youth theatre project working with young people from Ham and the National Youth Theatre.
A community collaboration to create a public art trail in Hatherop Park.
Family learning project in partnership with London's arcadia, exploring Ham's built and natural environment through photography.
Community project bringing the generations together over a cup of tea to create a collaborative work inspired by the story of Twinings Tea.
Children and Young People from across the borough use the visual arts to interpret and respond to the outcomes of the Every Child Matters framework. View case study on IDeA website.
Site specific youth theatre project working with young people from Hampton and the National Youth Theatre.
A cross-curricular heritage project culminating with a trip on the Queen's barge The Jubilant.
An Orleans House Gallery partnership project, aimed at developing parenting skills in hard-to-reach families with young children, through a series of creative workshops resulting in an interactive exhibition. View evaluation report(pdf, 2731KB)
An innovative collaboration between Orleans House Gallery, Waldegrave School for Girls, St. Mary's and St. Peter's CE Primary School and Teddington school, inspired by the Omega workshops. View evaluation report(pdf, 614KB)
Children's Art Day project to explore and celebrate the past and future of our Victorian Coach House. View evaluation report(pdf, 51KB)
Celebrating mental and emotional well-being through art. View evaluation report(pdf, 277KB)
Open exhibition of work produced in Richmond schools. View evaluation report(pdf, 707KB)
A project to celebrate the anniversary of the law protecting the wonderful view from Richmond Hill. View evaluation report(pdf, 715KB)
Orleans House Gallery working with students from the Strathmore Centre. View evaluation report(pdf, 3469KB)
Interior design led, this project involved over 40 young people engaged in an access course at Kingston College. Room 214 was dramatically blitzed "changing rooms" style, the results recorded in a special photographic exhibition. View evaluation report(pdf, 53KB)
Presented the work of over 70 children from Clarendon Special Needs School and the Octagon Art Club. Large-scale sculptures of farm animals were brought to life with the help of artist-in-residence Will Bishop Stephens. View evaluation report(pdf, 43KB)
Inspired by the Tate touring exhibition of the same name, a group of young people from Hounslow Pupil Referral Unit created their own "Household Designs". This project was awarded a National Children's Art Day Award in the partnership category. View evaluation report(pdf, 49KB)
Video photography and visual arts projects based at the referral unit for Richmond upon Thames. View evaluation report(pdf, 69KB)
This involved 90 young people from secondary schools in Richmond and Hounslow. The project which was inspired by the Sir Richard Burton Collection, resulted in a special exhibition displayed at Orleans House Gallery and, Watermans Art Centre. It was presented with an award by the Hounslow Education and Business Partnership. View evaluation report(pdf, 45KB)
Updated: 5 June 2017