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Be arty this June: How to get involved in Children’s Art Week

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With summer just around the corner, it is almost time for this year’s Children’s Art Week (Sat 9th – Sunday 17th June 2018).

Interactive events are taking place across the UK, from ‘Postcard Portraits’ in Edinburgh to ‘Clay Creations’ in Cambridge, encouraging children of all ages to get creative. There are a whole host of activities going on to celebrate Children’s Art Week – here are a few of our must-attends:

Postcard Portraits

Location: Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Date: Sunday 10 June

Pick up your postcard pack, find your portraits and create your own personal masterpieces inspired by what you find in the gallery!

Children’s Art Week

Location: Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, London

Date: Sat 16 June

Visit the Royal Mews, for an array of different arts and crafts to have a go at. Try your hand at water colouring drawing, and recreate some of Queen Victoria's beautiful paintings, or give carbon paper printing a go. Weather dependent, you can even try camera-less photography! Whilst visiting the Mews, you can also have a go at tacking up our wooden pony, try on livery and experience what it is like to sit in one of the carriages.

Back of the Net

Location: Undegun Art Space, Wrexham

Date: Saturday 9 June

Drop in art workshop, coinciding with Undegun's latest, football themed, art exhibition - 'The Heart On The Shirt'. Come to Undegun for kick off at 1pm, for an afternoon of cutting, sticking, painting and making. Final whistle at 3pm, refreshments available at half time

All Aboard Art Competition

Location: Manchester

Date: Sat 9 – Sun 17 June

Calling all young artists... would you like to have your work on show in a floating gallery? Enter the All Aboard Art competition and the top 6 entries will be exhibited on board the Prince Henry Narrowboat on the Bridgewater Canal. There are two age categories; under 8’s and 8-16’s. A local artist will choose the top three entries from each category. There will also be a prize for the overall winner.

Origami Festival

Location: 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe

Date: Sat 16 June

Do you love origami or are interested in how it works? Then go to this free Origami Festival. Works and creations can be added to their 20-21 Visual Arts Centre's Origami Open exhibition.

Family Activities

Location: The Hepworth, Wakefield

Date: Sat 9, Sun 10, Sat 16 and Sun 17 June

Enjoy a variety of family activities across Children’s Art Week: Work together at the Art Pods in the galleries to make something inspired artworks. Borrow the Explore & Draw totes to discover the artworks in the gallery with your family. Attend a Felt Making workshop - create colourful felted fabrics inspired by the artworks in the collections.

Happy Families Animation

Location: QUAD, Derby

Date: Sat 9 June

QUAD is celebrating Children's Art Week by looking at what makes us happy in this family friendly iPad animation workshop. Explore what makes your family happy and design, build and capture your joy in stop motion.

Music for All

Location: The Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Date: Sat 9 and Sat 16 June

Gather inside the wondrous wooden Globe with talented young musician, Luke Saydon, on 9 and 16 June for a fun music making session inspired by objects in the gallery.


For those who can’t get to an event, have a go at making something at home and share the results using the hashtags, #ChildrensArtWeek and #GetKidsCreating


For further information please visit You can also follow and engage on Twitter @engagevisualart and use the hashtag #ChildrensArtWeek for updates, or search for ‘engageinthevisualarts’ on Facebook.