Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. Our strategy for the next ten years is Let’s Create, by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of every one is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision.
We feel passionately about the creative lives of children and young people and want to ensure that their voices and experiences are heard and celebrated.
The Way I See It does just that by showcasing art made by children and young people and their creative responses to lockdown and life after lockdown. From painting to poetry, drama to dance, music to stop-motion animation, their creativity is boundless; they are artists.
This collection is the result of a collaboration between Arts Council, Google Arts & Culture and five organisations: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Company Three, Dancefest , English National Opera and Heart n Soul.
At the start of the 2020 school summer holidays each partner launched a different creative summer challenge to reach children and young people across the country and to present their stories of the Covid-19 pandemic. The resulting content is a mix of the powerful work produced in the first months of lockdown, and new work produced in response to the summer challenges.