This summer we introduced The World’s Greatest Exhibition; a chance for young creative minds to show off their problem-solving skills by creating an art exhibition from home or at school. 

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What was it about?

How can you create and display art using the materials around you? Can you use a milk bottle top as a plinth or a washing line as a hanging gallery? Can shoes become a family portrait or fridge magnets an ode to Picasso? The possibilities are endless, and we want to see these possibilities come to life!  

How could you get involved?

We have created some great ‘How2’ video ideas for you to try:

So, whether you are a budding young artist yourself or a teacher who knows one, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you! We are welcoming submissions from both primary and secondary school level and submissions can be in the form of a picture, a video, or even a performance. The main thing we are looking for is creativity and resourcefulness! The best entries will then be shortlisted, and the winner will be in with the chance of winning a 3D printer for their school, so get creating! 

The World’s Greatest Exhibition provides the opportunity for school children to be creative outside of the school curriculum. We feel that providing opportunities like this, for school children to expand on key skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity are very important; maybe now more than ever.

This competition also invites students to think about the digitalisation of their own creations, whether that is through photography or filming, or if the artworks themselves are already created on digital platforms.  Enabling the understanding of digital technologies and media is one of Art Lab’s core objectives (and a crucial component of creative economy). Therefore, The World’s Greatest Exhibition aims to encourage school children to develop these key skills for creative enterprise, using everyday resources in a creative and resourceful manner. 

For further details contact us at:

For files that exceed email capacity size, we recommend using WeTransfer, a free file transfer service where you can upload your chosen file and then send it to the email address stated above. We look forward to hearing from you!

Who won this year?

Wilson Primary School in Reading won a 3d Printer and a series of focussed visits from ArtLab this year and we will post lots of information about their adventures with art and technology during this academic year. Well done Wilson!

Well done Wilson Primary!

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