Get Creative At Home

The #GetCreativeAtHome campaign aims to highlight and promote some of the amazing participatory creative activities that are being developed to help people to express themselves creatively during a time of unprecedented change. At this extremely challenging time, we believe that the power of creativity to unite people and support them to maintain good mental health and connection with others is more important than ever. Our partners at BBC Arts have been busy developing some incredible #GetCreativeAtHome content to share with audiences across the UK.

BBC Lockdown Orchestra

BBC Lockdown Orchestra

The BBC Lockdown Orchestra is a virtual ensemble made up of more than 100 musicians from the six BBC orchestras and choirs and the Ulster Orchestra. They've recorded a rousing backing track of "You Got The Love", a hit for The Source & Candi Staton, that was later coverd by Florence + The Machine in 2009.

Now the BBC are inviting everyone to join in for a nationwide performance. If you sing or play an instrument, you can download sheet music and then upload a video of your part via the BBC website (by midnight on Sunday 10 May). If you don't play an instrument, and singing isn't your thing, you can still share all the ways you’re staying creative in lockdown. Paint, dance or decorate a cake inspired by "You Got The Love" instead, and send in your pictures or video clips and they could be part of the final film too.

See the premiere of the final combined music video on BBC Four at 20:55 on Thursday 14 May, with clips being broadcast on BBC TV and Radio throughout the day.

#GetCreativeAtHome Masterclasses

A new series of specially commissioned artist masterclasses aim to give everyone an insight into the working practices of some of the UK's leading artists. They'll share tips on everything from inspiration to technique to materials. The masterclasses will also cover a whole range of art forms and will provide inspiration to beginners and experienced enthusiasts alike. Watch them below, on Facebook or on BBC iPlayer.

The first Masterclass is by one of the UK's best known artists, Sir Antony Gormley. The artist best known for the Angel of the North sculpture located in Gateshead, invites us into his studio to see how he works and shows us how to create a drawing using simple materials - water, pigment and paper.  

The second Masterclass sees artist Clare Twomey demonstrate how to make beautiful pottery at home. Instead of clay, Clare uses marzipan to show how anyone can make simple, beautiful bowls inspired by Asian ceramics. It is all filmed by Clare herself, as she works in lockdown isolation.

The third Masterclass features Paul Smithone of the world’s foremost designers, known for fusing tradition with modernity. Every Paul Smith design combines colour, individualism and a British sense of humour. In this masterclass - which he filmed himself in lockdown isolation - Paul shows how he finds inspiration in everything from high art to everyday life.

There's lots more to come from the Masterclass series in the coming weeks too. Keep an eye on @GetCreativeUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and check out the BBC Arts homepage for #GetCreativeAtHome content and other fantastic content in the Culture in Quarantine series.