Let’s Create Art

Launched in 2022, Let’s Create Art is Engage’s annual campaign to shine a light on visual arts engagement and participation. We delivered a second iteration of the campaign between 17 November – 17 December 2023, with a focus on supporting and inspiring the next generation of artists, cultural workers, and creative thinkers. Through our website and social media platforms Engage continues to highlight the range of registered Let’s Create Art activities which are taking place until 29 February 2024.

Let’s Create Art 2023 recognised the crucial role artist educators, teachers and learning and participation specialists play in developing the creativity and confidence of children and young people. As arts subjects face increasing pressure, Let’s Create Art 2023 championed the innovative, vibrant and engaging activity across the UK lead by practitioners who are committed to removing barriers to participation and creating opportunities for young people to find their own creative pathways.  

In addition to commonly understood visual arts activities such as painting, drawing and sculpture, Let’s Create Art 2023 activities included film, virtual reality, design, craft or socially engaged art practices. 

Through a series of resources and sharing opportunities Let’s Create Art 2023 supported organisations and artists in delivering and evaluating impactful arts activities with children and young people. The annual campaign aims to highlight the impact of participatory art through best practice sharing and embedded evaluation. Whether you are an artist, gallery educator, teacher or young creative, you can join in with Let’s Create Art. 

Ready to register your activity? 

If you are delivering activity which inspires the next generation of artists between 17 November 2023 – 29 February 2024, register for Let’s Create Art! By registering your activity you gain access to the Let’s Create Art resources, support and platform and will join together with Engage on our campaign to profile visual arts engagement practice.

You can register now via this online form.

You can download a PDF of the registration form here, to prepare responses in advance.

Creative Bursaries 

Registered activities which would reach underserved communities were eligible to be put forward for Creative Bursaries. We are delighted to share the 16 selected Let’s Create Art 2023 bursary recipients are:

  • Pitch Black Paradise, Caenarfon
  • Susan Joshi and Pete’s Shop, Cardiff
  • TGP Cymru and Oasis Cardiff, Cardiff
  • Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee
  • GOSSIP Collective, Glasgow
  • Intergenerational Mentoring Network, Glasgow
  • Barkingside Art Club, Ilford
  • Ray Lodge Primary School and Farnham Green Primary School, Ilford
  • Art 4 Space, London
  • Mel & Tom Projects, London
  • Arting Wales, Newport
  • OVADA, Oxford
  • Gladstone Primary Academy, Peterborough
  • Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, Cornwall, and Focal Point Gallery, Southend on Sea
  • Celf o Gwmpas, Llandidrod Wells
  • East Coker Primary School, Yeovil

Let’s Create Art 2023 is supported by The Arts Society.

About Engage

Engage is the leading charity for promoting engagement and participation in the visual arts. Through advocacy, research, and training we help ensure the quality, inclusivity, and relevance of engagement and participation opportunities across the UK. We are a UK-wide organisation with Wales and Scotland-based activities led through Engage Cymru and Engage Scotland. Engage was established as a membership organisation in 1989 and currently holds a membership of over 700 beneficiaries.  

Engage is supported by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland.  

We thank this year’s campaign partners for their support with Let’s Create Art: