The Arts Backpack UK

About the Arts Backpack

On Saturday 4 August 2018, Action for Children’s Arts launched the Arts Backpack UK at the National Theatre. This is a project which ensures that every primary school child in the UK has at least five quality cultural experiences in the school year.

Fife Pilots

At the start of November, we began piloting the Arts Backpack in six Fife primary schools. We are working with ten teachers and around 200 children. The schools we are working in are: Cowdenbeath Primary School, Kelty Primary School, Benarty Primary School, Hill of Beath Primary School, Fulford Primary School, and Cardenden Primary School. These pilots will run until the end of March 2021. We are grateful to Fife Council and the Haberdasher's Company for supporting the first pilot.

Further pilots are being planned for 2021-2022.

Click here to download the February 2021 update.

Click here to download the November 2020 update.

Click here to download the October 2020 update.

If you would prefer to access our documents in large print or audio described, click here for our accessible content library.

Arts Backpack Access Fund

Donate today to ensure that every child can access the arts. Your donation could fund a ticket, a workshop, or some teacher training.

Listening to Children

We have been working with children from across the UK to tailor the pilots to their wants and needs.

Feasibility Study

We commissioned Michael Judge, Richard Freeman and Kate Regester to produce an Arts Backpack Feasibility Study in 2018.

"The arts may reflect our society, or stir the imagination but unless we can relate to them on a fundamental level they will not become a part of our lives. The Arts Backpack might be the needed bridge."

- Jenny Agutter, ACA Patron

Arts Backpack Funders