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Children’s Art Week 2020: Grants for organisations

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Children's Art Week 2020: 29 June – 19 July 2020   

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

In 2020, Children’s Art Week will take place online, at home and in schools across three weeks in June and July. Each week will focus on a special theme.   

  

Our 2020 themes are…    

  • Week 1 (from 29 June): The Natural World   
  • Week 2 (from 6 July): Connecting across generations   
  • Week 3 (from 13 July): Literacy and creative writing   

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

 

Who can organise an event or activity?   

Due to the uncertainty of when cultural and community venues will be able to safely host events, Children’s Art Week 2020 is focusing on online, remote events, activities and resources for home and school.   

Venues and organisations of all types and sizes are welcome to register events and activities — from libraries to community halls, heritage venues and country parks, schools and of course museums and galleries. Individual artists and makers can also take part.  

Activities may range from a live-streamed session with an artist or special activity packs, to digital challenges engaging with online collections, physical resources distributed by post or activity delivered over the phone — think outside the box! Events and activities will be filtered by age and location, so think about whether you would like to connect to a specific history or person from your local area and what age groups you would like to engage with.   

Organisers are welcome to revisit existing resources and activities to programme for Children’s Art Week 2020. If you have activities, a campaign or programme already in action, think about how you can respond to this year’s themes and join in!   

All registered events or activities, excluding private events registered by schools or organisations, must be free or low cost to participate, and must be able to be accessed or distributed remotely. Organisers will receive support from Engage to plan, run and publicise their events or activities.  

Registration will open at the end of May 2020.   

  

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.   

 

I have questions — who can I contact for help?   

Our team are on hand to offer support for your event — if you have any questions please contact info@childrensartweek.org.uk or call 07483 319 951.  

Children’s Art Week is run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education and supported in 2020 by Engage Scotland, Engage Cymru and The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust. 

Prizes Details: 

6 x £750 grants are available for organisations to commission freelance gallery educators or artists in England, Scotland and Wales to produce or lead new activity during Children’s Art Week.  

Deadline: 
05/27/2020
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Creativity in Quarantine: Virtual Collage Workshop and Online Exhibition!

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The Living Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, has partnered with artist and educator Meagan J. Meehan to host a one-hour long collage Zoom class on Thursday, May 7th, 2020, at 6pm to 7pm EST (aka New York time). The class will run for one hour and is open to anyone who is interested in learning collage, regardless of their experience or skill level. Several different techniques will be discussed. After particiapnt's who attended the class complete their collages, their art will be displayed via an online exhibiton courtesy of The Living Gallery's official website. 

Prize summary: 
Online Exhibition of their Collage on The Living Gallery's website.
Prizes Details: 

This is not a contest and there are no "prizes" but the work created in the class will be displayed virtually on the gallery's website. 

Deadline: 
05/06/2020

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$10.00
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Mortem: Death research for artists

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Mortem is a residency for artists interested in death to explore the concept from many points of view and to meet the people who work with death regularly. The residency will facilitate daily excursions led by deathcare workers, historians, artists, curators and biologists.

Outline
Artist talk: We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.
Momentum Moris:  Vanitas in art history, a guided tour of the collection at the National Gallery of Canada
Paliative care: Talk with a death doula.
Home funerals and vigilling.
Green burials and coffin building
History of death rituals and body disposition practices
Guided tour of the Beechwood Cemetery
Burial: Visit a funeral home to learn about standard burial processes and crematorium
Anatomy: Visit a University anatomy lab to find out what happens to bodies donated to science
Collect recently deceased birds with FLAP
Tour of the National Museum of Nature’s large skeleton collection in the archives
Haunting: Seminar lead by paranormal investigator.

Deadline: 
02/28/2020

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$1300
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Submerge

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Aquatic wildlife and human relationships with watersheds

Submerge is a research residency for artists interested in water. The week long residency will facilitate 12 – 15 workshops, lectures and excursions lead by scientists and ecologists who work with water.

The program will focus on biodiversity and ecology but also feature lessons on history, infrastructure and physics.

Outline of activities:

We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.

Tour a working hydro electric dam.

Workshop on Underwater sound recording.

Visit the Hogs Back Lock keeper and learn about how the canal works.

Visit the Water & Ice Research Laboratory to learn about diatoms, freshwater microbes and microplastics.

Test water for traces of pesticides with Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Sail the Ottawa River on a 29 foot sailboat.

Visit University Labs that study drinking water purification.

Attend a talk on contemporary artists who work with water.

Explore the Gatineau River with the River Keeper.

Talk to the Director General of Oceans Management at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Collect pond water samples and view micro-organisms under a microscope.

Attend a series of demonstrations of the physics of water.

 

 

Deadline: 
02/28/2020

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Germiante

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Germinate is an intensive, week long residency for artists to study plants in Canada. Twice daily workshops, lectures and field trips will give you first hand expiriences with a broad range of botanical information.

Activities include!

Artist talk (we invite you to present your work to the group)
Lecture of contemporary artists working with living plants
Visit to the National Museum of Nature Herbarium archives
Visit to the Ottawa Seed Library to learn about seed saving and genetics
Visit to the Arboritum with a tree specialist
Hike the Gatineau National Park with a moss expert
Visit the Fletcher Wildlife Garden to talk about native vs invasive plants
Studio visit and Kirilian Photography demonstration
Plant sonification demonstration/workshop
Visit the University of Ottawa's teaching green houses and learn about mushroom/plant relationships
Forage the Wild Garden with a herbalist and learn to process edible and medicinal wild plants
Collect single celled photosynthesizing pond life to image wiht a microscope
Lecture on poisonous garden plants.

Deadline: 
02/15/2020

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$1300
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Critical Mass

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Critical Mass is a new artist learning and development project by Mark Devereux Projects. Providing a comprehensive programme of critical conversations, skill sharing and career development support – the content will be fully tailored to the requirements of each individual artist.

Designed in response to the needs of artists, Critical Mass has been created to offer responsive, affordable and accessible learning and development for ten practitioners who have been outside of undergraduate education for three or more years.

Critical Mass is an eleven-month programme, punctuated by five creative retreats (each up to 4 days) in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Each retreat will be centred on a specific theme. Individual sessions and workshops within the retreats will be tailored to the requirements highlighted by the participating artists. The programme will be designed and delivered by Mark Devereux Projects and invited guest speakers.

The retreats will provide a holistic approach to learning through the combination of information-led workshops, peer sharing and hands-on practical experiences. Participants will be encouraged to test and develop new approaches within the making, presentation and display of their work through producing their own events, interventions and informal exhibitions during the creative retreats.

Participating artists will benefit from regular Skype one-to-one mentoring/advice sessions with Mark Devereux every 6-8 weeks.

We will ensure each artist concludes the programme with the knowledge, tools and information they need to take the next steps in making their work and gaining opportunities for their future careers. As an entirely independent programme, we can be responsive and reactive to each individual’s practice.

Deadline: 
03/08/2020

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