The National Gallery are Hitting the Road

Seed is very excited to announce that we have been selected as one of the partners for the National Gallery’s Bicentenary celebration. The National Gallery are looking to take a collection of paintings on the road in 2024, giving the opportunity for people across the country to view pieces from the collection, including John Constable’s masterpiece The Hay Wain (1821) which will visit the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery from 10 May 2024.

This will be accompanied by a revolutionary programme that will see the Gallery’s award winning education and access programmes hit the road.


In preparation Seed team members, artists and our tireless volunteer Sowers and Growers have been attending a series of online workshops put on by The National Gallery to see what might be on offer.


Ranging from exploring symbolism and colour, what makes a great art studio (see images below) to thinking about how the stories behind the artworks can relate to contemporary and younger audiences (a 17th Century dating profile pic??)

The team have been learning the best ways to encourage others to try being creative, that means having a go ourselves at sketching, design and even some poetry inspired by pieces from the collection.



“It’s been exciting to hear about some of the plans, and we have been inspired by the practical workshops.  We’ve already started coming up with ideas of how we could connect with the art work further, and are greatly inspired by the concept.”

Liz Bath And Ness Robinson From Inkjam designed their perfect studios to inspire the project.




Coming in 2024

This exciting project is still in the early planning phase at the moment, as we work with The National Gallery team to explore ideas for what might work for our community.

This is where you come in. If you have any thoughts ideads or suggestions on what you’d like to see with the project, you can get in touch via email below

Not only that but you can sign up to any of the remaining workshops,

from “Decoding” where you can explore how to approach paintings with open questioning and learn some common symbols and references used in paintings. To “Her Canvas Her Story” where you will learn about female artists in the female collection, and connect ideas to contemporary women.