Forest of Imagination 2017

Forest of Imagination (FOI) is a four-day participatory, contemporary arts event and creative learning programme delivered by a collaborative team of local creative organisations in Bath. The event transforms a familiar public place into an inclusive space for contemporary creativity and intuitive play, offering an immersive experience for participants through interactive installations, artworks and workshops. Forest of Imagination is free and open to all.

Please visit the FOI website for more details

To make a donation towards the event, please visit our Local Giving page.

View details of our Re-Imagining Childhood event

Learning Everywhere

Launch, Network, Workshops, TeachMeet

Free event to celebrate the collaboration between heritage, cultural and creative learning settings in Bath and North East Somerset. Connecting people from schools, museums and other learning spaces, collaborating on projects to help change the way children and young people experience the world. 

During the event we’ll be updating on the wonderful progress of School without Walls in Bath. If you’d like to share something or have something you’d like to discuss or perhaps you’d like to find out how you can be more involved – please come along. Teachers, creatives, museum professionals we’d love to see you there. 

This event is free but booking is essential so please contact to let us know you’ll be coming along. 

Wednesday 24th May, 16:00 – 18:00 (16:30 start)

The Holburne Museum, BA2 4DB



​In conversation with François Matarasso: Evaluation

To discuss the meanings of monitoring, evaluation, research and communication within 5x5x5=creativity in order to clarify what we are doing and why, with the ultimate aim of understanding the nature and value of our work from an internal and external viewpoint.

Tuesday 22 November 2016, 2–4:30pm

American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Claverton, Bath BA2 7BD

£25, £15 concessions

Book via Eventbrite.

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Forest of Imagination, 3–6 June 2016

Spaces around and inside Bath Abbey, Bath BA1 1LT

On 3–6 June 2016 Forest of Imagination takes root in Bath for its third year. Come and immerse yourself in a playful programme of sensory installations, artworks, outdoor theatre and participatory creative activities at this four-day contemporary arts event. Free and designed for all ages.

Join us as we highlight the inherent creativity of Bath and connect people with nature by reinventing spaces in the city to inspire intuitive play, unleash imagination and encourage exploration…

See the opening night invitation here:

Forest of Imagination 3–6 June 2016.OPENING NIGHT3

Feeling creative? Why not make a tree for the event… 

For more information, please visit:

House of Imagination pop up event, 11-23 April 2016

44AD artspace, 4 Abbey St, Bath BA1 1NN

5x5x5=creativity is inviting artists and creative professionals along with children, young people and adults to explore and test ideas for House of Imagination, Forest of Imagination and City of Imagination.

Free admission but booking essential for schools. For further information please contact

View House of Imagination programme here

Towards a Child Friendly City | Wednesday 10 February

Towards a Unicef Child Friendly City

 Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Come and hear the progress of our project to get Bath accredited as a Unicef Child Friendly City and show your support with ideas of how you and your organisation would benefit.

5.45 – 6pm     Guests arrive
6.00 – 6.10pm  Welcome & Introduction
6.10 – 6.20pm   The story so far and next steps
6.20 – 7.10pm
Presentations from young people with questions from the audience:
Mentoring Plus Manifesto
Learn to Lead
School without walls
Youth Parliament
Got Ya Back
7.10 – 7.20pm  Response from Professor Slade, Vice Chancellor of Bath Spa University
7.20 – 7.50pm
Intergenerational Cafe: Ideas into action. Pledges for supporting B&NES as a child friendly city and community
7.50 – 8pm  Review pledges and thanks

Free admission but booking essential – book tickets here

What else do our children need? Saturday 27 February 2016

Saturday 27 February 2016

10:30am – 12:30pm Friends Meeting House York Street, Bath, BA1 1NG

Democratic Education Workshop for teachers and parents

Come and experience the views of two pedagogies:

5x5x5=creativity: Inspired by Reggio Emilia supporting children in their exploration and expression of their ideas and helping them develop creative skills for life.

Steiner Waldorf: Our curriculum, respecting and addressing all the multiple intelligences, engages the head, heart and hand of pupils. Our topic blocks are linked to phases of child development.

Tickets £5 for individuals (children welcome) – book here

For further information:

What else do our children need? 27 Feb 2016 copy

The World’s Largest Lesson

Child Friendly City and Community: The World’s Largest Lesson

Join 5x5x5=creativity and partners for an hour of inspirational talks and films about children’s right to arts, creativity and culture as part of the launch weekend for the United Nations Global Goals.

Friday 25 September, 3.30 – 4.30pm at the egg theatre – Free Admission

Spaces are limited so please BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE


1. Welcome from Kate Cross, Director of the egg theatre

2. Passion Statements

The Magic of Children’s Literature

Gill McLay, Artistic Director, Bath Children’s Literature Festival

Children’s Rights to the Arts, Creativity and Culture

Penny Hay, Director of Research 5x5x5=creativity, Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, Bath Spa University

3. Thought Piece: David Almond: Children’s Imagination will Save the World

4. A film by Aardman: Sir Ken Robinson, the World’s Largest Lesson: an Aardman film

5. ecl foundation presentations from South Africa, Namibia and Netherlands: how can we release the inherent creativity and desire to learn of children and young people around the world?

6. Pledges: What are our pledges for Bath as a Child Friendly City and Community? What are your ideas for a Child Friendly City and Community that match the Global Goals?  |  |