With museums and galleries closed across the world, many of our arts organisations have moved online, putting together programmes and activities you can access from home, creating communities to share ideas and artwork.            As we enter Lockdown #3 these activities will become our creative lifeline. Following on from our post on ‘Virtual Creativity’ , we have listed below, creative resources and opportunities or all abilities and ages.


Alineart are offering high quality online resources to watch and download, and you can also purchase colouring and picture books from their online shop, a truly brilliant way to keep your minis engaged.

Heart n Soul is an award-winning creative arts company and charity.  They believe in the power and talents of people with learning disabilities, providing opportunities for people to discover, develop and share this power and talent as widely as possible. They have varying activities happening online, from clubs to free creative packs!

Firstsite through innovation, ingenuity and creativity, Firstsite strive to empower people, no matter their background, to be creative together, leading happier and healthier lives through artistic and cultural activities.Their brilliant Art Online programme encourages people to get creative at home, with activities made by top artists, step-by-step arts and crafts tutorials, and featured artworks on their Online Studio. A space where you can share your artwork, films and ideas, and support the work of other artists, communities and creative organisations. You can also see behind the scenes of their exhibitions, and join conversations to directly inform their work. Firstsite are also behind The Great Big Art Exhibition along with Sir Anthony Gormley, they are encouraging us to create artworks and use our front windows as a gallery space, creating the largest exhibition across the UK.

Manchester Museum are still closed but they have uploaded digital content to explore from your own home to entertain and help with homeschooling, hopefully sparking creatvity. 

National Storytelling Week takes place in storytelling clubs, theatres, museums, schools, hospitals, spoken word venues, and care homes (where this event has been steadily growing each year!) Where ever the events take place, the web of stories will be spun with sufficient magic between the breath of the teller and the ear of the listener.

The Baltic


 in Newcastle have shifted much of its programme online, including Imran Peretta’s outstanding film The Destructors and a series of new video works commissioned to support artists who have had shows cancelled. Inspired by current exhibitions, their Meet & Make online videos for primary-school aged kids are brilliant.

Gosketch inspire children to draw and paint with confidence in order to improve their self-esteem, self-expression, creative thinking skills and general well-being.Whether you want an activity for your child or you would like to draw together, they have the course to suit you.

Manchester Art gallery

Manchester Art Gallery

Family Manager Katy McCall and Artist Naomi Kendrick bring ideas for creative activities to do with your family.

Draw a Dinosaur Day January 30th National draw a dinosaur day in the US but we think this would be great to involved in."The goal is as simple as its title: Draw A Dinosaur! You don't have to be a brilliant illustrator, just take a couple of minutes with a blank piece of paper, a post-it note or your computer and enjoy yourself. When you're finished, post it to the website" (link above)

Create Live! leading charity using the creative arts to empower lives, reduce isolation and enhance wellbeing. Create Live! are bringing online support to some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and adults in the UK. It is worth checking out their programme as they deliver drama, music and arts activities.

ART JAM Ricky Wilson, frontman from Kaiser Cheifs' launches a new CBBC show, Ricky Wilson’s Art Jam. Former Art teacher, Ricky, takes viewers on a tour of museums, art galleries and street art. He also invites along a celebrity friend to his art studio to talk about their inspirations. They will bring with them 3 treasured objects and chat about the meaning behind them, Ricky will then create a bespoke piece of art! CBBC are also encouraging children to send in their own works of art to be shown during the show.

Art Students:

The Arts Society has 90,000 members aged between 60 and 100: with their regular lectures and meetings cancelled the are moving online and are opening up to anyone over 70.

The Arts Society

There is a lecture every fortnight , followed by an online Q&A and discussion in community forums. Social media training is available to help members stay connected. 


Tate has some excellent student resources for A Level and GCSE candidates, including dozens of coursework guides. For those considering applying to art school there are tips on building a portfolio, what to expect in an interview and careers in the creative industries. 

Also take a look at our previous article ‘What supplies will I need for GCSE Art & Design” an essential list for all students studying at home.


February 7th Send a card to a friend day. This is a yearly event around the world and we think in particular this year, we need to be able to communicate our love for each other. What a perfect way too brighten up a loved ones day with a    home-made card.

 12 Days of Creativity The 12 Days of Creativity Calendar sponsored by 'Bombay Sapphire' creative tutorials are available to all and has varied artists providing tutorials. We attended a zoom with 3 of the artists along with 500 others! It was fascinating to hear about their professional practices and we hope to bring you interviews with the artists very soon!


Whitworth Art Gallery have produced an excellent online programme 'School of Creativity' is their programme of education using art to develop new ways of learning. 'The Natural Cultural Health Service'is working with partners and people of Manchester using innovative yet creative ways to increase physical and mental health, 'Art in Action'has a social change agenda, hosting projects that use artistic and experimental strategies to impact local people, communities and organisations. Alongside the online approach, they are still developing their collections, exhibitions and research. 

Manchester Art Gallery During the Coronavirus restrictions Manchester Art Gallery are offering a range of activities and ideas to bring creativity, health and hope into your home. Art Bites online 12.30–1pm, Wednesdays for 30 minutes, 2 art works, your opinions and ideas. A gallery based session that has been transferred online to Zoom delivered every Wednesday Lunchtime. Staff and volunteers lead a discussion which focuses on two art works, giving opportunity to chat about art and share opinions and ideas. Philosophy Cafe online Third Tuesday of every month, 11am–12.30pm and first Wednesday of every month, 6.30pm–8pm Experience art and discuss a philosophical question. via Zoom.

National Design & Craft Gallery The National Design & Craft Gallery has an array of online events via the Learn & Engage website section. There is a selection of Family Activities, Virtual visits, Tools Blog and coffee morning webinars. 

Somerset House 'Now Play This 2021' London’s leading festival of experimental games returns with a new four-day virtual programme packed with interactive games, workshops and conversations to enjoy from home.

The Met  Virtual events are an amazing offering of Arts & Culture, storytelling, live performances, film screenings, art-making programs, and conversations with Met curators, conservators, and educators. There are varying events for all ages, children, teens, professional artists, keen amateurs and all in-between.

Musée du Louvre Visit the museum rooms and galleries, admire the palace architecture and enjoy the views. Their online offerings include Kids activities, Podcasts & Events (in French) and a fantastic VR experience of the Mona Lisa. With interactive maps in French, English, Spanish and Chinese, the collections are best viewed on smartphones but will also work on computers and tablets.

The National Gallery  Teaming up with Westminster City Council to bring art into the outdoors as part of the Inside Out festival. From 10 August – 2 September, Trafalgar Square will play host to a giant alfresco exhibition of life-sized replicas of the Nation's Favourite Paintingsthere is also Sketch on the Square, a programme of free, daily outdoor art activities to inspire you to have a go at creating your own masterpiece.You can also enjoy an immersive augmented reality art trail.beginning just outside the Gallery, follow a trail around the West End, exploring paintings from some of London's leading cultural institutions. Download the free app, Art of London AR Gallery, and scan the stickers at each stop on the trail to hear special audio commentaries from artists and curators about the works.



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