Breaking the Mould Learning Resources

To accompany our major touring exhibiton Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945, we are pleased to present a range of education resources that explore in depth the radical artists and artworks on display in this landmark exhibition.

Aimed at teachers and arts educators, a new education pack provides information, enquiry questions and activities to help your class explore the artworks and ideas in Breaking the Mould. These resources can be used before, during or after a visit to the exhibition, or in the classroom using images of the sculptures from this pack or from our website

For families and groups with children, we also have an Activity Trail to take through the exhibition during your visit that offer ideas for looking, talking and drawing.

Throughout the course of the touring exhibition, we will be releasing Artist in Focus films that spotlight some of the innovative artists in the show working in the UK today. Find our first film in the series below with artist Rana Begum.

We hope that by exploring the artworks featured in the Breaking the Mould exhibition with the education resources will foster a greater understanding of the important and vital contribution women have made to the development of British sculpture over the past seventy-five years. 


Share your creativity made following the activities below with us on social media by tagging us or adding the hashtags #breakingthemould and #artscouncilcollection !



Education Pack

This education pack, written and compiled by Kathryn Brame and Laura Carter, is a springboard for you to develop your own ideas, discussions and schemes of work, which will complement and enhance your school’s curriculum. The activities have been labelled with suggested Key Stage (1-4) levels on easily digestible ‘cards’, though the ideas in this pack can be adapted for any age group. Cross-curricular links are provided for each of the nine focus sculptures, which offer entry points for further discovery and experimentation. 

Activity Pack

Print this Activity Trail to take with you during your visit to Breaking the Mould. This resource offers a journey through the sculpture on display with ideas on how to look, talk and draw, such as using 'x-ray' vision to imagine what is inside a sculpture and recording some of the shapes you see throughout the space. Make sure at the end to write down your thoughts and ideas about the exhibition - and share them with us on social media by tagging @A_C_Collection on Twitter, or @artscouncilcollection on Instagram and Facebook and we will repost them!

Artist in Focus

In our latest film, the Arts Council Collection visit artist Rana Begum in her studio where she talks about her practice and her approach to sculpture that began with her research into light and form. Rana Begum is one of over forty artists featured in Arts Council Collection touring exhibition, Breaking the Mould, the first survey of post-war British sculpture by women.


The Arts Council Collection is the UK's most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art.

With more than 8,000 works by over 2,000 artists, it can be seen in exhibitions and public displays across the country and beyond. This website offers unprecedented access to the Collection, and information about each work can be found on this site.