The Way I See It: The Project

The Way I See It celebrates and showcases the experiences and artwork of children and young people during lockdown. This story offers you a glimpse into the collection and how it came together.

By Arts Council England

Rainbow (2020-05-02) by MatildaArts Council England

Who is Arts Council England?

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. It supports the creative lives of young people in school, at home and in their social lives.  

The Way I See It Image (2020-08-31) by NamihArts Council England

What is 'The Way I See It' Project?

The Way I See It project was created when Google Arts & Culture and Arts Council England came together to showcase the art made by young people in England as they use their creativity to make sense of the world around them. 

Flowers in Spots My Idea in Lockdown (2020-08-01) by EllaArts Council England

Being creative helps children express themselves and develops their skills and confidence. When lockdown began, the rainbows that started appearing in windows were just one of many signals that children want to be heard right now and are more than capable of responding to current issues in a creative way.   

Meanwhile, we witnessed a burst of activity from arts organisations that produce work for, by or with children and young people to bring their work online. Many Arts Council-supported organisations published free downloadable resources for children and their families in support of lockdown learning. 

Young People Creating Art (2020-09-23) by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary ArtArts Council England

For some children and young people, being away from school meant no access to basic art materials. Working in collaboration with our Bridge organisations, local charities, community groups and local authorities, Arts Council distributed over 36,840 Let's Create Packs to children across England. Across the country kitchen tables, living rooms floors and garden paths have been deployed as spaces to facilitate creativity. 

Clay Charms (2020-06-09) by SerenArts Council England

We were inspired by the Kirkleathan Museum, who worked in partnership with Tees Valley Museums and local schools during lockdown to produce an online gallery filled with thoughtful entries on the theme of kindness from pupils of all ages. 

Museum staff were so overwhelmed with the response and the number of submissions, they had to create a second gallery. The full collection can be found here: Museum of Kindness

Run Free (2020-05-01) by Lily and FreddieArts Council England

From online choirs to pavement chalk, people found joy in creativity during lockdown. There was a need to connect with each other and all kinds of creative ways to do it. Creative activities can play an important role in helping young people deal with anxiety, stress and social isolation. 

Chilling (2020-08-01) by DanielleArts Council England

Creating the collection

To develop the collection we partnered with five organisations to ensure we could reach as many young people as possible. Our partners have created stories for this collection to interpret their contributions to the project.   

Self Portrait in Things (2020-08-12) by SavannahArts Council England

BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art

BALTIC in Gateshead creates and produces exhibitions, events and learning opportunities that explore the role of art and artists and the world around us.  

BALTIC hosted free workshops as part of the Foundation Club and ArtLab. Working together with artists, young people explored and created sculpture, poetry, film, spoken word and animation to share the things they care most about in this world. 

CTC Best Bits (2020-09-15) by Company ThreeArts Council England

Company Three

Company Three, a youth theatre company based in Islington, North London, is a leading force for change for teenagers in its community and around the world.   

For The Way I See It they created a new challenge based on the success of their Coronavirus Time Capsule. One Minute in the Middle of a Pandemic, invited young people to use video, audio, performance, visual arts, writing and music to capture a minute from the perspective of a teenager living through the momentous Summer of 2020. 

Danny and Jessie Learning (2020-08-04) by Claire WoodArts Council England


Dancefest is a dance development organisation in the West Midlands, using the power and joy of dancing to enhance people's lives. They challenged young people to create a Half a Minute movie that was inspired a new skill, a new experience or a life lesson learnt during lockdown. 

They Way I See It collection also presents work from their Reimagine Lockdown challenge which invited young people to reimagine the rooms and spaces around them through dance and photography. 

Earthrise Image (2020-09-11) by ENO Youth CompanyArts Council England

English National Opera

English National Opera is the national opera company dedicated to one simple aim - making opera for everyone. 

Their challenge was for young people to make work inspired by the concept of Aria - a single character sharing their inner emotional world and thoughts with an audience.

What Would Lockdown Be Like In The Snow With My Cat (2020-08-01) by EllaArts Council England

Heart n Soul

Heart n Soul is a London-based award winning creative arts company that promotes the talents and power of people with learning disabilities.  

Throughout lockdown their digital Do Your Own Thing sessions supported young people to take part in music, dance, radio, DJing and visual and digital arts to help them express themselves. 

Happiness (2020-09-05) by KikaArts Council England

Under usual circumstances, the creativity of children and young people would be developed, presented and celebrated in front of their peers, families and the wider community. 

Thanks to Google Arts & Culture and our partner organisations, whilst schools, community centres and other venues are unable to do this, we can present this collection to a global audience.  It is a tiny fraction of what children and young people are creating and we hope it encourages you to discover more. 

So, get inspired and Let’s Create

Explore the full collection here

You can also discover more about the Museum of Kindness, Company Three's Time Capsule or learn about the Let's Create Packs.

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