Exploring nature through arts-based activities with children

The Branching Out project aims to establish how the practice and impact of arts-based nature activities can be scaled up to reach more children through volunteers as ‘Community Artscapers’. This will involve the development and pilot of a ‘Branching Out Model’ and toolkits to support the delivery of arts-based nature programmes by arts organisations and volunteer Community Artscapers in primary schools.

The research is led by Professor Nicola Walshe from University College London, along with researchers from Anglia Ruskin University. The pilot will be led by arts charity Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination, alongside Cambridge Acorn Project, who undertake therapeutic work with children, in partnership with Fullscope, a consortium supporting children’s mental health. Branching Out is funded by a partnership led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the UK Research and Innovation ‘Scale up health inequality prevention and intervention strategies’ fund.


National Survey

We are looking for arts organisations and practitioners exploring nature through arts-based activities with children and young people to take part in our Branching Out Survey. The survey aims to map existing activity across the UK and to register interest in joining a national network and potential future involvement in the Branching Out programme.

Complete the survey: https://angliaruskin.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/branching-out-survey

The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and will be open until 31 May. We would be grateful if you could share with your networks. For more information, please contact anna.dadswell@aru.ac.uk. Thank you very much!