Quests take children most in need on a year-long cultural journey. All our Quests commence with the children visiting their local cultural venue. For many of the children taking part this will be their first experience of visual or live arts in a professional setting. After their visit, the children participate in workshops with professional practitioners (artists, storytellers, singers, musicians), giving them an opportunity to explore their own creativity. Each Quest culminates in an opportunity – perhaps once-in-a-lifetime for many students – to exhibit their work in their partner gallery or peform on stage at their partner venue. 

Great Art Quest

We didn't just listen, we got involved!

Pupil, Great Art Quest

Sponsored by GAM, our annual Great Art Quest introduces children to the visual arts by partnering them with local galleries, professional artists and storytellers.

In 2016/17 Children & the Arts will be working with:

4 art galleries - Falmouth Art Gallery (Cornwall), Chapel Gallery (Lancashire), New Walk Museum (Leicester), and Golden Thread Gallery (Belfast)

16 primary schools 

500 children between the ages of 8-11 years 

Great Art Quest has been running for nine years, and has engaged with over 6,000 children.

If you would like to find out more about participating in Great Art Quest you can download our teaching materials, or buy a copy from our shop.


For our pupils to experience working with a real-life opera singer and to have the opportunity to watch an opera has impacted on their learning and life experiences… Learning in this way has to be the most powerful learning. 

Teacher, OperaQuest

Image © Vivienne Bailey

Supported by the MariaMarina Foundation and the Hobson Charity, children involved in OperaQuest attend a professional live opera performance and take part in workshops to create their own opera, building new skills whilst developing an interest in music, and hopefully changing attitudes towards opera.  

In 2016/17 Children & the Arts will be working with:

2 arts venues - Birmingham Hippodrome and Opera North (Leeds)

8 primary schools 

300 children between the ages of 8-11 years 

OperaQuest has been running for four years, and has engaged with over 1,500 children.


PoetryQuest gave our pupils a vehicle to express themselves and achieve more than they or we ever expected

Teacher, PoetryQuest

Image © Craig Shaw

Supported by the MariaMarina Foundation and Jonathan Moulds PoetryQuest gives children the chance to see contemporary performance poetry in action, and work on their own poetry to perform on stage at their partner venue.  

In 2016/17 Children & the Arts will be working with:

1 arts venue - Square Chapel Centre for the Arts (Halifax)

3 primary schools 

180 children between the ages of 9-11 years 

PoetryQuest has been running for six years, and has engaged with over 17,500 children.

To find out more, download our resources or buy a hard copy from our shop.