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Bath Spa and the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust help children re-imagine the great outdoors

Wednesday, 22 April, 2020

Bath Spa University and the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust (RFACT) have joined together to launch a new competition to help children feel more connected to the outside world as we continue our time indoors.

The competition, called See What I See, asks children aged five to 16 to consider what they miss most about their built environment, how it might be redesigned to bring people together and which place or building they’ll visit first once coronavirus restrictions have been lifted.

Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou, Head of the School of Education and one of the judges, said: “As experts in education, we were delighted to be asked by RFACT to join forces for this exciting competition. At this extraordinary time, when we suddenly find ourselves separated from the outside world, our desire to engage with our environment has become stronger than ever. This competition is an opportunity for children to rethink the surroundings that we often take for granted, and re-imagine bold, new solutions that inspire new ways of living together.”

Robert Bargery, Executive Director at RFACT, added: “We want children to use their endless creativity to imagine how they would transform and improve our built environment while we’re observing it from the outside in. What’s missing from their local area that their community might benefit from? The opportunities are endless and we can’t wait to see the entries as they come in!”

The entries will be judged by an esteemed panel comprising Professor Anagnostopoulou, along with design critic Stephen Bayley, architect Sir Terry Farrell CBE, and award-winning exhibition designer Dinah Casson CBE.

Winning entries will be showcased in an online galleryFor more information visit the See What I See website.


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