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Child drawing on table in the Barbican Centre

We have a wide range of free arts-based activities that children and young people can get involved with from home or in the classroom.

Visual Arts

Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer Collage Activity

Suitable for All Ages

Try out a collage activity led by Mitchel Ceney from youth homelessness charity Accumulate which takes inspiration from our exhibition Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer, using materials you can find around the classroom or at home. 

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Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory Creative Prompts

Suitable for KS3, KS4, KS5

Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola used drawing as a tool for storytelling in her recent exhibition in the Curve Gallery, A Countervailing Theory.  

Watch a narrated walkthrough of the exhibition here, then have a go at creating your own artworks and writing inspired by the themes and ideas from the exhibition.  

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Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography Activities

Try out a range of activities that explore the themes of our Masculinities: Liberation through Photography exhibition, which looked at how masculinity is experienced, performed, coded and socially constructed. 

Cut-price portraits art activity led by Billy Mann (suitable for all ages) 

Interactive exercises illustrated by Aleesha Nandhra (best for KS1-KS2) 

Writing activity led by Muhammad Khan (best for KS2-KS3) 

Photography activity led by Daniel Regan (best for KS3 and up) 

Free-writing activity led by Annie Hayter (best for KS4 and up) 

Music

Beethoven in Nature – Music Resources

Suitable for KS1, KS2, SEND

We've put together some musical activities with musician Paul Griffiths for you to try out, inspired by composer Beethoven's love of nature. Find out more about Beethoven, learn some songs with Paul, and make your own music inspired by nature.  

Get Musical

Theatre & Dance

Multi-Sensory Educational Theatre Activity Book

Suitable for Early Years, KS1, KS2, SEND

A step-by-step guide created by M-SET packed with great ideas to make a multi-sensory show at home. Learn how to transform furniture, toys, utensils and clothing into sets, props, sound and lighting effects to bring your stories to life. 

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Making Moves – Dance Activities Inspired by Michael Clark

Suitable for all ages and SEND

Watch these videos and have a go at three different activities created by Kate Coyne from Michael Clark Company, inspired by our exhibition Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer. Each activity invites you to explore a different way of moving your body and be creative in response to everyday objects, like a bicycle chain or an album cover. 

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Culture Mile

Culture Mile Play Packs

Best for KS1 and KS2, but suitable for all ages

Culture Mile Play Packs contain activities & prompts to inspire imaginative and creative play, anywhere & without needing complicated materials. Six packs have been created so far, each with a different theme and activities from a range of artists. 10,000 physical packs have been distributed since March, and the digital resources are available free online.  

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