The Great Big Art Exhibition wants you to get involved

The Great Big Art Exhibition wants you to get involved

Jayne Lloyd

Firstsite are inviting everyone to take part in the largest exhibition ever staged

The East of England's contemporary visual arts organisation Firstsite have launched an exciting new initiative to keep us occupied and see us through this latest lockdown. With galleries and museums closed, they're asking us to use our windows, balconies, gardens and roofs to celebrate the creativity and resolve of the nation.

Dubbed The Great Big Art Exhibition, it's open to anyone who's interested in creating some art – professionals, amateurs, or even first-timers – all you need to do is produce an artwork, put it on display, and then share it on social. It can be made of absolutely anything, and you can make it on your own, or safely work on it with your household, friends, colleagues, neighbours, school, or place of worship.

To get you started, Firstsite – who are supported in this endeavour by the Plus Tate network, Arts Council England, and National Museums – have invited lots of famous artists to create artworks and activities designed to spark your imagination. Participating artists include Sonia Boyce, Jeremy Deller, Ryan Gander, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Tai Shani and David Shrigley. Their ideas join inspiring pieces from The National Gallery, British Museum, The Royal Academy of Arts and many more in an activity pack.

For details about how to get involved, download the free pack from Firstsite's website,, and follow the instructions. Happy creating!

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