Children’s Art Week

Children’s Art Week is a UK-wide programme run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education.  

Our programming is slightly different this year as we respond to the pandemic and consider our forward planning as an organisation. You may have already noticed that we are not running Children’s Art Week as usual.

We are enjoying seeing everyone celebrate art at this time of the year anyway and would encourage you do proceed with your plans without us. Please keep tagging us on social media and we will share the wonderful activity that you’re getting up to!🎨

As we continue to plan for the year ahead we will ensure we update those interested in any future activity for children that is planned.

Please sign up to the Children’s Art Week mailing list if you would like these updates.

View resources and materials from past years:


In 2020, Children’s Art Week took place online, at home and in schools across three weeks from 29 June – 19 July 2020. Each week focused on a special theme.  

Our 2020 themes were…   

Schools, galleries, museums and community groups were invited to plan and register visual arts activities for children and families. These activities 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.  

Why get involved?  

Children’s Art Week is a fantastic opportunity to encourage families, children and young people and schools to take part in fun, creative activities that they might not have tried before. 

In 2019 more than 17,000 children, young people and adults took part in events in venues across the UK. Organisers reported that 62% of participants were first-time visitors to their venue. 32% of participants were audiences who were completely new to the arts.  

Through evaluation, we know that Children’s Art Week is a valuable opportunity for venues and individuals to reach out to new audiences and take part in a national event.  

Children’s Art Week is run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education and supported in 2020 by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and Garfield Weston Foundation.

This event is open to the public.