Special event Teachers

Creative Change Makers Programme

In order to help protect the health of our staff and visitors during this difficult time, we have closed all of our Galleries.

  • Monday 27 to Friday 31 July, 10am-3pm
£ 250.00

Free for probationer/early career practitioners | £300 for 2 applicants from the same school
Contact [email protected] for an application form.


Literally the best CPD I’ve ever done. I found they focused my thinking and helped me look at things in a different way.

Applications are invited from teachers and education facilitators of all stages and specialisms.

Do you want to change your practice?

Do you aspire to develop greater creativity in your students, your school, or yourself?

If so, the Change Makers programme is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a creative environment for five days with experienced educators and like-minded peers, to inspire, challenge and support you to bring about change.

By the end of the week you will have reflected on your practice, understood your agency and created your own plan for change within your teaching practice.

We welcome multiple applications from the same school: why not bring your janitor, head teacher or classroom assistant?

The week will include:


  • ideas, approaches and best practice in how to give learners ownership of their own learning and thinking
  • how to stimulate your pupils’ creativity skills
  • case studies of previous summer school participants
  • access to National Galleries Scotland collections and insight into how to use the gallery as an alternative learning environment


  • understand your agency
  • creative risk taking and building anti-fragility with Hidden Giants
  • reflection on your own practice


  • active, learner-centred delivery
  • planning time and mentoring
  • join a peer network of participatory practitioners

About You

  • Seeking ways in which to take risks and try new approaches
  • Looking for opportunities and strategies to implement change in your practice
  • Open to participating in group activities and sharing your practice

Contact [email protected] for an application form. Please contact us if cost is a barrier.

Applications should be received by end of day 30 March 2020. You will be notified by 3 April if you have been allocated a place.

Comments from previous participants

Immensely fun and stimulating. I really enjoyed being challenged to have the courage to break boundaries.

Surprising. Destabilising. Empowering.

Event accessibility

Event accessibility

  • Wheelchair access

Gallery facilities

A full accessibility guide is available at www.accessibilityguides.org.

We provide a sensory map of the building to help visitors identify areas with changes in light, smells and noise. It locates seating areas and less crowded, quieter spaces. Printed copies are available from the front desk at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack

Getting here

Located in the city centre on Queen Street, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is easy to access.

In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.

  • <strong>Gallery Closed due to Covid-19</strong>
1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

Our Friends

Our Friends

Friends of the Galleries get free unlimited entry to all exhibitions, and enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits including early exhibition access, special events and 10% discount in our cafes.

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