© Luke McGarry, 2022

The Wild Escape

Museum Development UK is working in partnership with Art Fund on The Wild Escape – a new UK-wide creative project for museums to engage with schools and families, inspired by the nature around us.

The Wild Escape will bring museums, schools, and families 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.

Together with Art Fund we are encouraging as many museums, galleries and historic houses to participate as possible by running your own activities, workshops and events – big or small – to support the project.

If you want to get involved, the best way to start is by registering your interest so you’ll be the first to get exclusive updates about the project.

The Wild Escape is made possible with support from Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants.