Let’s Create Art 2022

Let’s Create Art 2022 showcased the vital role of visual arts engagement in promoting positive wellbeing.

Highlights from the inaugural Let’s Create Art in autumn 2022:

  • Emerging Artist Saroj Patel was commissioned through an open call to create a new unique artwork for the campaign. 
  • Just under 90 organisations registered their local activity and joined the Let’s Create Art campaign by delivering positive wellbeing arts activities with participants.
  • With support from nine strategic partners, Let’s Create Art helped to shine a light on the value of the visual arts on wellbeing by platforming this diverse range of activity across the UK and online.
  • The campaign granted 18 bursaries across the UK to organisations who applied for funded support delivering facilitated opportunities to support wellbeing within their local community. Engage has collated case studies from each of the Creative Bursary Holders to celebrate and share the outcomes, learnings, and legacy of Let’s Create Art.
  • The campaign reached an estimated 4000 participants who took part across the UK.

Let’s Create Art; Connection, Creativity & Community Case Studies

Find out more about the different projects in our Let’s Create Art; Connection, Creativity & Community Case Studies 2022 below. Alternatively, download the PDF here.

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Let’s Create Art 2022 recognised the vast potential for the visual arts to support health and wellbeing in a community, gallery or local setting. In addition to commonly understood visual arts activities such as painting, drawing and sculpture, Let’s Create Art activities included film, virtual reality, design, craft and socially engaged art practices. It was all about celebrating visual arts engagement and participation, and was open to activities with groups of all ages, abilities and art mediums.

Through a series of online resources, micro grants and sharing opportunities, Let’s Create Art 2022 supported organisations nationwide in delivering and evaluating impactful arts activities. The campaign aimed to highlight the relevance of best practice sharing, embedded evaluation and community engagement. It illuminated the meaningful work of organisations nationwide.

For Let’s Create Art 2022, with support from The Derek Hill Foundation, The Arts Society and The Fleming Collection, we offered Creative Bursaries to support Let’s Create Art activity in United Kingdom. Individuals and organisations could apply for small grants to cover costs related to the delivery of their activity. To find out about the recipients, visit the Creative Bursaries page.

In 2022, Engage partnered with organisations across the UK, who share the value of promoting wellbeing through the visual arts, and supported widening audience participation. By joining together, we raised awareness and understanding of the impact of visual arts and celebrated the breadth and rich variety of activity taking place across the country.

Strategic Partners:

Engage is supported by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and Arts Council of Wales. Let’s Create Art 2022 was supported The Derek Hill Foundation, The Arts Society and The Fleming Collection.

The Fleming Collection generously supported bursaries for applicants living and working in Scotland. Find out more about the work of the Fleming Collection and the Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation here.