Children’s Art Week

Children’s Art Week is a UK-wide programme run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education. In 2019, Children’s Art Week took place from Saturday 8 – Sunday 16 June, with the kind support of the Arts Society and The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.

Every year Engage invites schools, galleries, museums and community groups to devise and register visual arts events for children and families over a week in June. These activities give children and young people, together with their teachers, parents and carers, the opportunity to get involved with a very broad range of practical art activities with artists and makers.

Organisers receive support from Engage to devise, run and publicise their events. Through evaluation Engage has learned that Children’s Art Week is a valuable opportunity for venues to reach out to new visitors and take part in a national event.

Registration is open for venues of all types and sizes — from libraries to community halls, heritage venues and country parks, schools and of course museums and galleries. Individual artists and makers can also register events.

Why get involved?

Children’s Art Week is a fantastic opportunity to encourage families, children and young people to visit local venues and enjoy fun creative activities that they might not have tried before.

In 2018 more than 14,000 children, young people and adults took part in events across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Event organisers reported that 58% of participants attending their activity were first-time visitors to their venue, and 30% of participants were audiences who were completely new to the arts.

But don’t just take it from us — hear what our wonderful ambassadors have to say about Children’s Art Week!

Is there any support available?

The first 40 venues / individual artists or makers to register events will receive £50 seed funding to support their event.

All registered events will receive resources to help plan and promote their activities, publicity support from a freelance PR Consultant appointed by Engage plus free Children’s Art Week stickers to hand out on the day.

We have lots of information to help you plan your event —clickhere for some ideas and click here for tips on how you can promote your activity to local audiences.

I have questions — who can I contact for help?

Children’s Art Week is run by Engage, the lead advocacy and training network for gallery education. Our team are on hand to offer support for your event – if you have any questions please contact info@childrensartweek.org.uk or call 020 7729 5858.

Children’s Art Week is run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, and supported in 2019 by the Arts Society and The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.