A children’s visual literacy competition inspired by the Government Art Collection

The Government Art Collection (GAC) comprises 14,000 works of art displayed in government buildings around the world. It includes art dating from the 16th century to the present day and pieces by Grayson Perry, Wolfgang Tillmans and Lucian Freud.

Pop Up are working with the GAC to pilot an exciting national visual storytelling competition around this collection that will allow 18,000 school children to connect with these artworks and use them to spark their imagination and inspire their own story making. Around the theme of ‘journeys’, there’s huge freedom in what pupils can create and, alongside other authors and illustrators, comics artist Luke Healy will be creating a resource pack for teachers to introduce their pupils to the competition and to show how the project could be interpreted. We’ll select winners and runners up from each year group, whose work will go on to be printed in an anthology with a print run of 20,000.

We hope this exciting project will become an annual initiative to encourage creativity and visual literacy in schools using fantastic other prestigious arts collections year on year.

As a recent Arts Council England Catalyst grantee, Pop Up are seeking a sponsorship or philanthropic partner to collaborate on and help raise the profile of this truly imaginative venture. Please do get in touch if you’d like to be involved.