New competition helps children re-imagine the great outdoors

If you’re missing the places and spaces around you as we continue our time indoors, a new competition from Bath Spa University and the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust (RFACT) could be just what you need to feel more connected to the outside world.

The competition, called See What I See, asks children aged five to 16 to think about what they miss most about their built environment, how it might be redesigned to bring people together and which place or building they’ll visit first once coronavirus restrictions have been lifted.

The competition activities have been designed for different age groups, each with a monetary prize attached (first prize £600, second prize £300 and third prize £100).

  • Five to eight-year olds: show your artistic skills and creativity in the form of 3D models, drawings and any other formats you can think of!
  • Nine to 12-year olds: explore and creatively re-make the world around you! This is an opportunity to re-imagine your local community and use your imagination to design changes to your environment to make it a better place to live
  • 13 to 16-year olds: a category for aspiring designers, those with unlimited imagination and critical eye for detail! Imagine yourself as an architect, an urban designer or a civil engineer exploring your built environment

At this extraordinary time, when we suddenly find ourselves separated from the outside world, our desire to engage with our environment has become stronger than ever. This competition is an opportunity for children to rethink the surroundings that we often take for granted; our streets, our parks and the buildings around us and re-imagine bold, new solutions that inspire new ways of living together.

As experts in education, we were delighted to be asked by RFACT to join forces with them for this exciting competition.

Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou, Head of the School of Education at Bath Spa University,

We want children to use their endless creativity to imagine how they would transform and improve our built environment while we’re observing it from the outside in. What’s missing from their local area that their community might benefit from? The opportunities are endless and we can’t wait to see the entries as they come in!

Robert Bargery, Executive Director at RFACT, which promotes visual awareness and public appreciation of high-quality design

The entries will be judged by a high-profile judging panel comprising the esteemed design critic Stephen Bayley, the famous architect Sir Terry Farrell CBE, the award-winning exhibition designer Dinah Casson CBE and Professor Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou, Head of the School of Education at Bath Spa University.

Judges will be looking specifically for three things: creativity, engagement with your surroundings and imaginative design solutions that solve a problem or improve your local area. Winning entries will be showcased in an online gallery on the See What I See website.

The deadline for entries is 30 May 2020. For more information visit the See What I See website.

A parent, guardian, carer or teacher will need to enter on your behalf here.

About Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University is where creativity and enterprise meet. Offering a wide range of modern courses across the arts, science, education, social science and business to 7,000 students, the University employs outstanding academic and technical staff to deliver innovative learning opportunities.

Based in stunning countryside just a few minutes from a World Heritage City, Bath Spa University students graduate as engaged global citizens who are ready for the world of work. 96.1 per cent of graduates find themselves in work or further study within six months.