Art Bytes is a national EdTech programme, combining an inter-school art competition with virtual gallery and augmented reality technology. It utilises a bespoke, immersive, virtual gallery incorporating augmented reality elements to give young participants the opportunity to see their art exhibited online and engage with new technology from the safety and convenience of their own home or school. It builds confidence and nurtures talent, allows children and young people to see galleries as places “for them” and encourages future cultural engagement.
The competition is open to all primary (year 5), secondary (year 9) and SEND schools across England.
After a shortlisting panel and an online public vote, the winning artist from each school sees their work displayed in our virtual gallery. Art Bytes culminates every June with a celebration event at 9 high profile cultural venues across England, which is also available to schools to stream in the classroom or assembly. Regional winners are announced, certificates and prizes are presented, and the virtual gallery goes live.
Art Bytes is an Artsmark partner organisation and can also support schools to meet Arts Award targets.