Do you have a big, ambitious idea for Kirklees Children’s Biennale 2020?

We are planning our artistic programme for Kirklees Children’s Biennale 2020. Themed ’20-20 Vision’ we are now looking for big, ambitious ideas from partner artists and schools.


Susan Burns from Chol and Chloe Williams from The Children’s Art School are putting together a festival programme for the UK’s only Children’s Biennale. Following a fabulous first festival in 2018, we are looking for brand new ideas for Autumn 2020. We’ve been consulting with children and young people and the emerging themes for 2020 are

  • Environment & the climate emergency
  • Heritage
  • Local stories and voices
  • Creative ambition & careers

Evoke wishes the festival to connect to Kirklees Council’s creative priorities of music and textile innovation, and projects can be in any art form, but they must involve a professional artist. Young people have expressed a desire for mass participation, arts in everyday spaces and a chance to experiment. We are looking for project ideas that offer children and young people a chance to create, curate and commission work. We also want projects to offer arts award where possible.

Please send your ideas by email to by Friday October 19th. If you are an artist, please include which group of children and young people or educational setting the project is aimed at. If you are a teacher or youth worker, please give us an idea of what sort of artist you would like to work with. If you need budget from the festival please outline briefly what the budget would be for. If you are planning to include Arts Award, please be sure to cost for Arts Award Training and Moderation. For more information please visit here. We are looking for approximately 5 exciting projects costing somewhere between £250 and £3000.