29 June – 19 July 2020
Children’s Art Week is a UK-wide programme run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education.
In 2020, Children’s Art Week will take place online, at home and in schools across three weeks in June and July. Each week will focus on a special theme.
Our 2020 themes are…
- Week 1 (from 29 June): The Natural World
- Week 2 (from 6 July): Connecting across generations
- Week 3 (from 13 July): Literacy and creative writing
Schools, galleries, museums and community groups are invited to plan and register visual arts activities for children and families. These activities will give children and young people, together with their teachers, parents and carers, the opportunity to take part in practical art activities with artists, makers and educators.
Over the past months, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how essential creativity and the visual arts are for learning, connecting and wellbeing. While our venues, cultural organisations and some school buildings may be closed, engaging in the visual arts is more important than ever.
Who can organise an event or activity?
Due to the uncertainty of when cultural and community venues will be able to safely host events, Children’s Art Week 2020 is focusing on online, remote events, activities and resources for home and school.
Venues and organisations of all types and sizes are welcome to register events and activities — from libraries to community halls, heritage venues and country parks, schools and of course museums and galleries. Individual artists and makers can also take part.
Activities may range from a live-streamed session with an artist or special activity packs, to digital challenges engaging with online collections, physical resources distributed by post or activity delivered over the phone — think outside the box! Events and activities will be filtered by age and location, so think about whether you would like to connect to a specific history or person from your local area and what age groups you would like to engage with.
Organisers are welcome to revisit existing resources and activities to programme for Children’s Art Week 2020. If you have activities, a campaign or programme already in action, think about how you can respond to this year’s themes and join in!
All registered events or activities, excluding private events registered by schools or organisations, must be free or low cost to participate, and must be able to be accessed or distributed remotely. Organisers will receive support from Engage to plan, run and publicise their events or activities.
Registration will open at the end of May 2020.
Bringing Children and Art Together Children’s Art Week
Children’s Art Week takes place in the UK and is organised by Engage. All over the country various events will be held, giving young people and children the opportunity to get involved in a range of art activities.
What is Engage?
Engage provides support and training for gallery education. Gallery education refers to a field which works to widen access to the visual arts for everyone. It works with gallery owners and visual arts organisations. The aim is to encourage families, young people, disabled people, older people and early years groups to be more engaged with visual arts.
How Children’s Art Week is Celebrated
Engage invites various organisations such as schools, museums, galleries and community groups to organise various visual arts events. Support is provided for organisers with regards planning, running and advertising events.
Teachers who want to take part in the celebration can get hints and tips if they want to plan a gallery visit. There are also ideas to include any gallery visits into the curriculum plan and to take the idea further.