Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth

5 Years of CIRCY's Community Arts Projects

'Imagine if our world was ...' : 2021

An online community arts project by and for children and young people in Covid-19 times

We invited children and young people up to the age of 18 to take part in our community arts project on the theme of “Imagine if our world was…”. We wanted to know your views, feelings, thoughts, hopes and ideas on this theme. Whether it be drawing or painting, making a collage or sculpture, writing a poem or short story, or any other art form – we just wanted children and young people to… imagine and create!

Imagine if our world was ...


Through My Window: 2020

We know that, all over the world, families have been living life somewhat differently due to the impact of COVID-19. Many families have been in lockdown, unable to leave home at all - or just in limited ways. We’re also aware that arts and crafts have been a common way for many children and young people to express themselves during this period - or to simply have some fun.

We invited children and young people up to the age of 18 to take part in a community arts project to make a piece of visual art work on the theme "Through my Window’, take a photograph of it and send it to us.

These are the wonderful pictures you created and submitted ...

Through My Window Competition Entries


What Nature and/or The Environment Means to Me: 2019

What nature means to me: Saffrons Nursery, Eastbourne

What nature means to me: Sussex Woodcraft Group


Picturing Kindness: 2018

Children and young people aged 18 or under were asked to send us a drawing, photo, story or poem of what kindness meant to them for the CIRCY-Kindness UK@Sussex ‘Picturing Kindness’ collaboration.

See gallery below of the wonderful submissions received.

Picturing Kindness Competition Entries


Picture The Future!: 2017

Through the eyes of children and young people

As part of CIRCY's year-long programme of activities on the theme of ‘Children, Young People and the Future’ we launched a competition asking those of you aged 18 or under to picture the future – what’s important to you, what’s exciting, and what you think life might be like.

We were delighted with the response!

Check out the fabulous drawings, pictures and models submitted by entrants in the photo gallery below:

Picture the Future! Competition Entries