The Great Escape

The Great Escape

A new, UK-wide creative project for museums to engage with schools and families, inspired by the nature around us.

Join The Great Escape

Take part in Art Fund's next big adventure - a national participatory project taking place on Earth Day 2023.

The Great Escape will bring museums, schools, families and communities together to engage young people with the UK's natural environment, drawing inspiration from the art and objects in museums and the creative and learning opportunities they can offer.

It will bring schools and families into museum spaces, inviting primary school children aged 7-11 to explore the animals in their collections and create stories and pictures that imagine a creature’s journey to a future habitat rich in biodiversity. The things they make in the classroom, online and in museums will be brought together in a collective work of art, unveiled during a weekend of activities for all ages on Earth Day 2023.

The Great Escape coincides with the BBC’s Wild Isles programme, a major new BBC natural history series, presented by Sir David Attenborough, revealing a previously unseen wild side of the UK. It will inspire primary school children through art and design activities on BBC Bitesize, also linked to from other BBC sites.

The project will bring together museums and galleries in association with a range of partners including the RSPB, the UK's largest nature conservation charity protecting habitats, saving species and helping to end the nature and climate emergency and WWF, the world's leading independent conservation organisation, who ensure that people and nature can thrive together for generations to come.

Register your interest

Join hundreds of museums already signed up.

If your organisation would like to participate, simply let us know by filling in your details below and you’ll be the first to get exclusive updates, including news about partnerships, funding and free resources throughout the project.

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Apply for funding

We are encouraging as many organisations to participate as possible by running your own activities, workshops, and events – big or small – to join in. Funding is not a prerequisite for getting involved, but if you do require financial support, we have a limited number of small grants available.

We have partnered with Museum Development UK (MDUK) and are working with them locally to deliver a phased approach to launching funding across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, so wherever your organisation is based you will have the chance to apply for ringfenced funding. MDUK are also hosting workshops about funding elibility in England - simply visit the application page to book.

  • Organisations in Scotland or Wales – we will let you know as soon as funding opens for these nations

Join an online workshop

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