great arts & cultural stuff to do at home


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In this section you'll find some links to other great arts & cultural stuff on offer, specially selected for you. Click on the bubbles below to search by artform.

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All of the linked content has been checked for appropriateness, but please let us know if you see anything that concerns you. Note that YouTube films are often preceded by adverts, have public comments and contain other links.

We advise adult supervision of YouTube links and recommend that onward links and other online content from any external websites are not viewed, as these are out of our control and may contain inappropriate content.

We strongly recommend the Thinkuknow e-safety website for good advice on e-safety.

BBC Young Composer Competition 2020

A competition for 12-18 year olds across the UK who create their own original music. Winners participate in a tailored development programme working with a mentor composer on a project with the BBC Concert Orchestra to be performed + broadcast in a special young composers concert at the 2021 BBC Proms. You may not think of yourself as a composer, but if you love to create your own original music, and are bursting with creativity, originality, and potential, then we're here to tell you that you are! We’re looking for musically-minded people aged 12-18 of all technical ability, backgrounds, and musical influences. See all the details hereDeadline: 20th July 2020


Changing Our Lives - creative project for 9-25 year-olds

Are looking for young people to get involved with their Common Ground project, working on an exciting new social media campaign: “Your new normal. My normal.” Common Ground aims to bring together young disabled people and their non-disabled peers to build connections. If you are aged 9 – 25, you can get involved in the campaign by taking photographs, painting, drawing, sewing, writing poetry, spoken word, rap or taking videos (the possibilities are endless!) and submitting them to be included in the campaign. We are asking for pieces of work to explore one of, or all of, the following themes:


  • My normal – an insight into your everyday

  • Barriers – what stops you from feeling connected and having friendships?

  • Loneliness – what loneliness looks like for you.


For each piece of work that you submit, you will need to write a short description about the work and why you created it. Your work will be shared on our social media channels, our website and some pieces of work will feature in an online exhibition with Wolverhampton Art Gallery later on this summer. You will be notified if your work has been selected once the deadline has passed. Deadline for submissions is 14th August at 4pm.


You can submit your work by filling out a short online form by following this link: You can then email your work, for example a photograph, voice note or video, to Georgia Wilkinson at Please include your full name in the subject line of the email. If you have any further questions about the campaign or need any support with filling in the online form, please get in touch with Georgia.  


Be Inspired! 27th - 31st July 2020

An inspiring and entertaining virtual experience for care experienced young people across the UK aged 14-25, Be Inspired is an event that seeks to Inspire, Empower and Equip care experienced young people, who want to take hold of their future, learn about different career opportunities and connect with each other.


After growing up in care from the age of 4, founder Ashley John-Baptiste, now a Senior BBC Reporter and Presenter, has always had his mind set on creating something for young people with similar stories to his own that would help them believe in themselves, see a better future and find out about all the opportunities that are there for all our young people:

Best of Glastonbury to your sitting room - Glasto 2020 has been cancelled due to Coronavirus, so from 25-29 July the BBC will be screening highlights from previous years of the world's most famous music festival. Click Here

Other online arts festivals in July

  • Sofasonic - 17-19 July (includes Kids Gig). Click here

  • Simmer Lock-down (family music & arts) - 18-19 July. Click here

Time-limited opportunities


Children & Young People: please make sure you stay physically safe when doing any of the activities, and check with an adult before starting, as Artslink can't accept liability for any damage to yourself or property!

Children & Young People and key adults: please be aware of the importance of e-safety.

We strongly recommend the Thinkuknow e-safety website.

Artslink is a programme by West Midlands Virtual Schools, co-funded by Arts Connect. It aims to ensure that

all care experienced children & young people are able to access high-quality arts & cultural experiences and activities.

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