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Get Creative is a nationwide campaign that aims to inspire and to celebrate creativity in all its forms: be that singing, dancing, writing, crafting or – you guessed it – painting. 

Art UK has teamed up with the campaign for this year's Get Creative weekend. From Friday 7th to Sunday 9th April, hundreds of organisations will be throwing open their doors and inviting people in to have a go at getting creative in one form or another. 

Lots of Art UK partner collections are getting involved this weekend, with events taking place up and down the country – from Orkney to Penzance – for children, adults or the whole family. You can find events listed here by region, (information provided by the collections), and we'll be celebrating the weekend over on Twitter.

Wales

National Museum Cardiff

Painting Colours and Shapes

Lure

Lure 1963

Gillian Ayres (b.1930)

Gillian Ayres is one of the most important abstract painters of the twentieth century and she is famed for her paintings of shapes and bright colours. In this workshop we’ll explore her paintings inspired by the landscapes of Wales and help you create your own painted work of art.

More information can be found here.

Scotland

The Pier Arts Centre

Drop-in art and craft activities, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April, 11am–1pm and 2pm–4pm

Focusing on our collection and current exhibitions, activities will include constructing a dream catcher, jewellery making with paper and self-portraits as well as an Easter egg hunt through the galleries. Admission is free and all materials will be provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for children 3+ years.

More information can be found here.

England: North East

The Bowes Museum

Buttons, sequins and feathers: Saturday 8th April, 11am–4pm

Get creative this weekend and let your imagination run wild by making finger puppets, memory boxes and more in this drop-in activity workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.

More information can be found here.

Durham University Oriental Museum

Egg-tastic at the Oriental Museum, Saturday 8th April, 1pm–3pm, drop in

Celebrate the Easter season and make your own Vietnamese-style artwork from egg shells. Activity is generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

More information can be found here.

Woodhorn Museum

Protest badge making, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April, 11am–3.30pm

Make your own protest badge inspired by 'The Battle of Orgreave' exhibition.

More information can be found here.

England: North West

Abbot Hall Art Gallery

'Playing with Place' painting workshop, Saturday 8th April, 10.30am–1.30pm

Scafell Crag

Scafell Crag 2001

Julian Cooper (b.1947)

Free drop-in family workshops that explore texture, perspective and scale inspired by Julian Cooper’s paintings. The sessions are suitable for ages 3 years and up.

More information can be found here.

Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Crafternoons at the museum, Saturday 8th April, 1pm–3pm

Free craft activities for kids. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Have a look at Instagram for some of the fun things we’ve made recently!

More information can be found here.

The Whitworth

Spring Studio, Friday 7th April, 11am–4pm

This Spring Studio brings art, nature and creativity together, come rain or shine. Come and get creative in our Clore Learning Studio and meet artists using natural resources, inspired by pattern, shape and colour in both the great outdoors and the work of Barbara Brown, the golden girl of Heal Fabrics in the 1960s and early 1970s . Families should come dressed and prepared for all weathers.

More information can be found here.

Art Picnic, Saturday 8th April, 12pm–2pm

Eat, chat and make – together. Bring your food, meet artists and new friends as we explore our art in the park. Families should come dressed and prepared for all weathers. If the weather is really bad, we’ll seek shelter in the gallery.

More information can be found here.

England: Yorkshire and the Humber

Barnsley Museums, Cooper Gallery

Print your family portrait, Saturday 8th April, 10.30am–3pm

Learn new skills as a family in a full day portrait workshop with printmaking artist Louise Wright. Visit the current exhibition for inspiration, learn how to sketch and print, and create your own family portrait to take home. This class is suitable for beginners. Bring a packed lunch and dress for mess. Booking essential here.

The Cooper Gallery is also exhibiting a series of Picasso Linocuts, on tour for the first time outside the British Museum, and Barnsley Museums' Cannon Hall is exhibiting 'Tales of the Wedding Dress'.

More information can be found here.

The Hepworth Wakefield

Spring market and activities, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April, 10am–5pm

Join us in the lead up to Easter for our new Spring Market, featuring specially selected food produce, textiles, homewares, ceramics, cosmetics, jewellery, stationery and more, sourced and produced by regionally-based artists, makers, designers and bakers.

Families can join in with fun activities all weekend. There's pop-up Art Pods in the gallery on Saturday and a free felt-making workshop in our learning studio on Sunday. Visit our special family tent on both Saturday and Sunday, 11am–4pm, to make your own wearable sculpture, experimenting with colourful papers and yarns to make fun 3D creations that celebrate Spring.

More information can be found here.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Make yourself at home, Sunday 9th April, 11am–4pm

A studio space for families. Drop by to create and explore ideas inspired by the [Re]construct exhibition in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park Chapel. Materials are available for you to draw, make a collage and put together a sculpture. You can also make your own word painting and badge inspired by Bob and Roberta Smith’s art.

More information can be found here.

England: London

British Museum

The American Dream: a pop of colour, Friday 7th April, 11am–4pm

Inspired by the exhibition 'The American Dream: pop to the present', come to the museum for family activities involving colour and pattern. Learn about different styles of printmaking by screen printing and decorating your own tote bag, have your photo taken in our photo booth and add it to a collaborative mural, and create your own print to take home.

More information can be found here.

Bruce Castle Museum

Summer sunflowers, Sunday 9th April, 2pm–4pm

Join in for free, fun family activities: create a bright and beautiful sunflower picture out of recycled materials.

Activities suitable for children aged 5 to 13 years. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

More information can be found here.

The Foundling Museum

Knots and ropes, Friday 7th April, 10:30am–12pm, 1pm–2.30pm and 3pm–4.30pm

Inspired by the rope-making lessons for boys at the Foundling Hospital, learn how to tie a variety of knots. Make ropes out of different materials, then adapt them into a skipping rope to take home and play with. The workshop is suitable for children age 5 and up. Free for children and up to two accompanying adults. To take part, sign up on the day.

More information can be found here.

The Geffrye, Museum of the Home

Creative workshops, Friday 7th April, 10.30am–12.30pm and 2–4pm

Celebrate the new season with a variety of workshops: decorate plant pots, make scented herb bags and create animals from clay.

More information can be found here.

Guildhall Art Gallery

'Echoes Across the Century', all weekend

Immerse yourself in this multisensory journey that explores heritage, memory and loss around the First World War. Featuring artist Jane Churchill’s installation Degrees of Separation, 'Echoes Across the Century' weaves in the work of 240 students as they explore with Jane the impact of the war in this exhibition that is part created museum, part archive of dreams.

More information can be found here.

Museum of London

Puzzles of the Past, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April, 12.30pm–2pm and 2.30pm–4pm

Archaeologists often have to piece together broken objects to find out what they would have looked like – a bit like a jigsaw puzzle! Illustrate your very own puzzle, and piece it back together again in this art workshop, and be inspired by real objects from the Great Fire of London. This is a drop-in workshop.

More information can be found here.

The Myth of St Paul's, Friday 7th April, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm 

350 years ago, Londoners would tell stories of a temple built to the goddess Diana. When Roman remains were excavated by the river, some say this 'proved' the temple was on the site where Old St Paul's stood… Was it? And what happened when Old St Paul’s was destroyed in the Great Fire – were any truths revealed? Discover the myth of St Paul’s together as a family in this interactive storytelling session. Each session is 30 minutes long.

More information can be found here.

Layers Deep, Friday 7th April, 12pm–1.30pm and 2pm–3.30pm

Archaeologists discover a lot about history by looking at where an object is found. How do we know if something was from the Great Fire of London? Discover the world of archaeology, handle real museum objects and take part in a craft activity in these drop in sessions.

More information can be found here.

Queen's Crescent Library

‘Museum in a Box’ family friendly workshop, Saturday 8th April, 2.30pm–4.30pm

Touch an artwork, listen to it talk and create your own story in this fun interactive workshop! 

Key artworks from the Camden Art Collection have been 3D-printed to produce a 'Museum in a Box' which is touring to libraries across Camden. Scan the object like an Oyster card to listen to it talk!

You will also have the opportunity to record your own audio response to each object, with the chance to have your voice recording featured in our upcoming exhibition at Swiss Cottage Library.

The session is free and no booking is required so just turn up and join in! 

More information can be found here.

Swiss Cottage Library

‘Museum in a Box’ family friendly workshop, Saturday 8th April, 10.30am–12.30pm

Touch an artwork, listen to it talk and create your own story in this fun interactive workshop! 

Key artworks from the Camden Art Collection have been 3D printed to produce a 'Museum in a Box' which is touring to libraries across Camden. Scan the object like an Oyster card to listen to it talk!

You will also have the opportunity to record your own audio response to each object, with the chance to have your voice recording featured in our upcoming exhibition at Swiss Cottage Library.

The session is free and no booking is required so just turn up and join in! 

More information can be found here.

The Wallace Collection

'Aspiration personified: Van Dyck's Marie de Raet and Philippe Le Roy', Friday 7th April, 1pm

Free talk, limited to 25 places.

Marie de Raet

Marie de Raet 1631

Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641)

More information can be found here.

Filming of the heats for Sky Portrait Artist of the Year, Friday 7th April, 10am–5pm

The filming is taking place in the courtyard, and anyone is welcome to come and see the heats in action.

More information can be found here.

‘Les Chefs-d'oeuvre de la Wallace Collection: Masterpieces Tour in French’, Saturday 8th April, 1pm

Free talk in French, limited to 25 places.

More information can be found here.

England: South East

Jerwood Gallery

Build a street with Felicity Truscott, Saturday 8th April, 2pm–4pm

Travel along an imaginary train track taking Keith Tyson’s 'Late Night on the Gatwick Express' studio wall drawing as an inspirational starting point. Using wooden blocks and boxes, design and paint your own terraced house including glow in the dark windows and a back yard façade. Devise and attach a three-dimensional room and its inhabitants to be glimpsed through one of your windows by passing travellers. When perfected, add your house to a street built in collaboration with your fellow workshop designers.

Workshop will include an interactive walk round the Foreshore Gallery to find the Gatwick Express, discussion about what we glimpse from train windows, train journeys we have made and what might be happening inside the houses we pass. Children will be encouraged to write a short story or poem about their house and its inhabitants. Materials provided.

Jerwood will also be displaying a 'People's Choice' exhibition, which features artworks chosen by the public via Art UK.

More information can be found here.

Pallant House Gallery

Night Dance, Friday 7th April, 10.15am–12.15pm

Night

Night 1978

Victor Willing (1928–1988)

Go on an adventure using a selection of props and materials to explore Victor Willing’s painting Night. We will be falling overboard, dancing, singing and creating. Led by Sam Gilroy. Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer who is willing to create and make. 

More information can be found here.

Represent Your Family Tree, Saturday 8th April, 10.15am

The Architects

The Architects 1981

R. B. Kitaj (1932–2007)

How would you show your family’s characters and home within an artwork? Inspired by R. B. Kitaj’s The Architects, work together to make a collaborative large-scale artwork showing your family’s world in bright, bold colours. Idea by Lynn Weddle. Children must be accompanied by adults.

More information can be found here.

Adult Workshop: Sunday Art Class Landscapes, Sunday 9th April, 1pm

Inspired by Turner and Whistler, Victor Pasmore produced a romanticised view of a semi–industrialised part of the Thames by using colour to create atmosphere through light and mist. In this workshop you will use paint to interpret the manner of Pasmore. Led by Sue Halloway.

More information can be found here.

Portsmouth City Museum

Art Detective Challenge, Friday 7th–Sunday 9th April

Families and children are invited to do a detective trail around the museum and in the picture gallery, looking for clues in paintings.

Animal Trail, Friday 7th–Sunday 9th April

Many of the objects in Portsmouth Museum were inspired by nature. Follow this trail to discover animals and birds in unexpected places.

Easter Trail and Egg Hunt, Friday 7th–Sunday 9th April

Complete the trail and claim your free egg! Contines until 23rd April.

Edward King: a life in art, Friday 7th–Sunday 9th April

Come and draw in the gallery and recreate a landscape or city scene inspired by the paintings of Edward King

More information can be found here.

Watts Gallery – Artist's Village

Marvellous Murals, Friday 7th April–Sunday 9th April, 10.30am–4pm

Be inspired by the Greek myths in the Monumental Murals exhibition. Step into the wardrobe tent to find costumes and props to dress up in and then help make giant murals. Visit the Learning Studio to make gleaming golden ship pictures.

More information can be found here.

Drop-in arts and crafts, Sunday 9th April, 11am–4pm

Get creative as a family and make art and crafts in the Learning Studio, explore the Victorians with a '10 Things to Find' trail or '5 Things for Under 5s' tactile bag, and play in the enchanted woodlands at Watts Studios.

More information can be found here.

England: South West

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Bristol Rocks!: Saturday 8th April, 11am–4pm

Rocks, fossils and minerals can tell us the most amazing things about our planet… and they look pretty stunning too! This family Geology Takeover day at the museum is for all ages, with loads to do and see including dressing up, games, tours behind the scenes of the museum and chatting with geologists.

More information can be found here.

Falmouth Art Gallery

Flotsam and Jetsam, Saturday 8th April, 10am–3pm

A collaboration between the University of Exeter and Falmouth Art Gallery, this drop-in workshop is for all ages. Come and help create a mobile art installation using flotsam and jetsam – beach debris collected during the spring cleans. With help from local artist, Tony Johns, this fun art session will also highlight the types of litter found in our seas and on Falmouth’s beaches.

More information can be found here.

The Holburne Museum

'Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty' activities, Sunday 9th April, 12pm–4pm

Wedding Dance in the Open Air

Wedding Dance in the Open Air 1607-1614

Pieter Brueghel the younger (1564/1565–1637/1638)

Come and enjoy an afternoon of creative activities inspired by the peasants, proverbs, tulips, butterflies and beetles in our colourful exhibition 'Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty'. Decorate a speckled egg for our giant bird’s nest, add to our tremendous tulip walkway, create a dazzling dragonfly to wear, decorate a beetle box or make a dancing puppet.

More information can be found here.

Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Easy-peasy printing, Saturday 8th April, 2.30pm–3.30pm

Have a look at the prints in the current exhibition, 'A Casket of Pearls', and try out some simple printing techniques.

More information can be found here.

Wiltshire Museum

Flying Boats, Saturday 8th April, 1pm–4pm

The Poole Pottery Flying Boat dish has landed safely and is on display at the Wiltshire Museum! It's the latest port of call for this treasure from Poole Museum as part of the Wessex Museum Partnership Spotlight Loan Tour – highlighting treasure from each of the partner museums. The Flying Boats based in Poole provided vital links to Europe and Africa during the dark days of the war; many of their passengers were government officials and other VIPs. 'Canopus' played a part in a historic journey in 1941.

We're joining in Get Creative with an air-dry clay workshop – make and decorate your very own pottery dish to take home. We are also offering the opportunity for visitors to design their own paper plate (materials will be available for this activity from 1pm on Saturday 8th April and from 12pm on Sunday 9th April). 

More information can be found here.

You can search for other events near you and see the full Get Creative listings (including non-Art UK events) on the Voluntary Arts site here