Studio visits: The Friends know that children are often intrigued by the Lamb sculptures, his history and the opportunity to create art, so within our resources we try and arrange special events for them both in and out of the Studio. However please note that at the moment that we ask that all children are accompanied by an adult.

When they visit the Studio there are quizzes and a special “art box” for when they wish to get creative. Remember entry is free to all and we do not charge for materials. There is usually no constraint on the number of visits a person makes.

Special Events: The main Friends activity for children is the running of the annual “Lamb Children’s Sculpture Competition” which is usually held May. This is run in conjunction with the Montrose Schools and they arrange entry. Since 2019 pupils from the 6 primary schools compete for the age group prizes and the overall “Junior” Lamb Medal. Older pupils from Montrose Academy now compete for prizes and the “Senior” Lamb Medal. Please remember that application forms are allocated through the schools. Egerton’s Jewellers kindly sponsor the medals.

Lamb Art Prize: In 2017 the Friends have established the new annual “Lamb Art Prize” for drawing in conjunction with Montrose Academy, which selects a pupil as the winner. A copy of Lamb’s sculpture “Aberdeenshire Carrier”, cast for the Friends in 2016, is presented together with a small financial award.

Educational Visits: Schools – since the new Studio arrangements the arrangements for school visits to the Studio have ceased. BUT we hope they will be re-established before the start of the 2019-20 academic year. Sessions must be pre-booked and can only be arranged if we have volunteers available, so please remember if you would like a visit please contact us as early as possible – places are likely to be offered on a “first come” basis.

Pupils can only visit with supporting teacher/assistants. We recommend that the absolute maximum group for a primary visit is 15 children (plus assistants). We know that classes may be bigger than this, so will run two concurrent sessions if possible. Secondary classes should be restricted to 20 maximum.

Visits are not always restricted to ”art” themes – the Studio collections are relevant to local and social history, technology, design, tourism and other topics too. We recommend that you discuss your visit in detail with our organisers – specifically the courses that you want the visit to inform and what input from our volunteers would be helpful. Any special requirements need to be arranged in advance. Please check the access and other details for the Studio on our “Studio” page. Thanks.

College/University visits: The Friends are usually happy to arrange these visits. It is useful to us if you let us know in advance numbers, the purpose of the visit and where it sits in your educational curriculum. We will try and arrange specialist collection guides for these visits if possible.

Please remember that the size of the Studio – and therefore access numbers to the Studio at any one time is limited (particularly in colder weather) – please remember to pre-book all group visits so we can arrange enough volunteers as casual “drop ins” by large groups can sometimes cause difficulties.

Visiting talks: We regret that at the moment it is very difficult for us to provide enough speakers to go out to give talks to all who request them. We accept requests, but please be aware of these limitations, especially at “busy” times of the Studio calendar.

Workshops: We also open the Studio for special “working sessions” for artists, art students and other creative groups if we have volunteers available. Please request access as early as possible if you would like to arrange this type of visit.

For queries on “education” matters please contact us at

Or for more general visits at