Children depict their lockdown life for exhibition

Arts Council England’s call in July for children and young people to submit paintings of their lockdown experiences has resulted in an exhibition of 221 works of art.

The works, by 170 artists aged two to 28, include drawing and painting, photography, film, writing, animation, poetry, music, dance and drama.

The Way I See It viewable from today at and is a collaboration between ACE, Google Art & Culture and the curating partners BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Company Three, Dancefest, English National Opera and Heart n Soul.  

“The quality, inventiveness and imagination of this work leaves me utterly convinced that our next generation of creative talent will build on the UK's long tradition of innovation and creativity” said Darren Henley, ACE’s CEO. “These young people are learning that the creative process is all about collaboration. It’s thanks to our government funding that we’ve been able to launch this partnership so quickly and thanks to Google Arts & Culture that our young people’s voices are being heard by a vast global audience.”

And Amit Sood, Director, Google Arts & Culture, added: "We are proud to have partnered with Arts Council England on this special initiative, which encouraged young people across the UK to express themselves during this tumultuous time through the creative arts. The results of the summer project are very moving, and I hope this inspires other young people to pursue artistic outlets."

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