Did you know it’s Children’s Art Week 16th – 22nd June? This year there are more than 100 events taking place all over the UK, to find out more and make sure you don’t miss out, read on!
Children’s Art Week is a UK-wide programme in which galleries, schools, youth, cultural and arts organisations across the UK run events encouraging children and young people to unleash their creativity. From animation to screen-printing, photography to puppetry, Children’s Art Week gives children and young people the chance to work with artists and inspires them to create their own works of art. Children’s Art Week is run by engage with support from The Foyle Foundation.
Children’s Art Week was previously known as Children’s Art Day which has run since 2000. Over 200 events took place during the last Children’s Art Day in 2010, involving around 37,000 participants!
Why is important for children to engage with the arts?
The arts contribute to the development and wellbeing of children and young people, fuelling their curiosity and creativity, and inspiring future audiences as well as the next generation of artists and arts leaders.
Children’s Art Week Supporters and what they have to say:
‘Britain’s galleries and museums have wonderful activities for children year-round, but Children’s Art Week provides a welcome celebration of children’s creativity and all the special things that are on offer.’ Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery
‘Being involved with art helps me at school because before, I struggled with literacy but once I found out that I could draw I realised that I was actually a really good story teller and my work improved. Now I use my imagination to make subjects I used to think were boring, interesting. Children’s Art Week is a great idea because it encourages other kids to do the same.’
Zoom Rockman, Comic Creator
‘Children’s Art Week is a fantastic opportunity for children and families to enjoy and experience the visual arts across the UK. Whether it’s working with an artist, visiting a gallery or museum or making art at school, these experiences can inspire greater creativity in children and young people and have a positive impact in all areas of their lives.’ Loyd Grossman
What is going on this year?
There are lots of fantastic events lined up for this year, including a family activity trail at The Foundling Museum, designing your own computer game at The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, making large scale structures at Turner Contemporary, as well as events at Tate St Ives, Jupiter Artland, The Photographer’s Gallery and the Whitechapel Gallery. For a full list or to find out what’s happening in your area: www.childrensartweek.org.uk