External Links: art & creating

Muddy Faces is all about getting outdoors with your groups, families and friends. We believe almost all the arts can be done outdoors – in fact the outdoors inspires exploration into the arts. A natural back drop can often make a dramatic difference to a story, drama or the creation of a piece of land art.

We have compiled a list of interesting & inspiring websites on art & creating, including the main governing bodies, national organisations and initiatives – many are directly related to working & playing outdoors, some have a wider remit or are included because we think they may be helpful to know about.

Click on a tab to see the links in that section.

We do our best to keep these links up to date. If you find any broken links or have something you think should be added, please email share@muddyfaces.co.uk with ‘links’ in the subject line. Thank you.


Linking to a broad range of arts sites for the disabled, including crafts & hobbies, photography, arts groups and activities, music, theatre, dance and more.

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Using the power of the creative arts to transform the lives of society’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people; enabling them to develop creativity, learning, social skills and self-esteem.

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Disability Arts Online (DAO)

Supporting the development of vibrant disability arts & culture – nurturing and showcasing talent, providing information and creating opportunities for disabled artists.

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Disabled Photographers’ Society

Run by disabled photographers for disabled photographers. Promoting photography for people with disabilities, or their carers, or groups or anyone with an interest in helping the disabled.

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Kinder Art

Art & creativity activities and lesson plans which have proven successful with children and adults with disabilities.

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Living Paintings

Free resource which designs, creates and publishes tactile and audio books (Touch to See books) for blind and partially sighted children, teenagers and adults.

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Sense: Visual & Tactile Art

Activities, exhibitions and support for children and adults who are deafblind or have sensory impairments.

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Shape Arts

Provides opportunities and support for disabled artists and cultural organisations to build a more inclusive and representative cultural sector.

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Sky Badger

Linking to a wide range of arts, music, drama & dance sites, from a charity aiming to find help & adventure for disabled children and their families in the UK.

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Wonder Baby

Helping parents of young children with visual impairments and children with multiple disabilities. Tactile art activities and articles, and sensory activities.

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Dance Around The World

Promoting awareness of & participation in folk arts and traditional dance, with an annual festival celebrating traditional dance cultures from all over the world.

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Welsh National Folk Dance Society – supports, maintains and extends Welsh traditional dancing throughout Wales and the world.

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Global Circle Dance

Dancing in a circle is an ancient tradition common to many cultures for marking special occasions, strengthening community and encouraging togetherness

Language of Dance Centre

Making creative movement and dance experience available to people of all ages, genders, cultural background and abilities  – believe in including everyone, because everyone can dance.

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Morris Federation 

Aiming to encourage & maintain interest in the practice of Morris dancing by women and men of all ages, and encourage the improvement of standards of dancing among its members.

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One Dance UK

The national body for dance in the UK, represents dancers at all levels and champions excellence in education, youth dance, performance, health and well-being, management & career development.

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Open Morris 

Open to any group or individual involved in the performance of Morris Dancing or allied activities – groups, dancers and musicians welcome.

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People Dancing: Foundation for Community Dance

The professional organisation for anyone involved in creating opportunities for people to experience and participate in dance.

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Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS)

Promotes and develops Scottish country dancing worldwide for the benefit of present and future generations.

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Society for International Folk Dancing

For those who enjoy learning & dancing folk dances , to preserve folk dances from around the world, to make them better known and encourage the practice of them in their traditional form.

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Street Dance International

Mission is to keep street dance/hip hop affordable for all families, as well as accessible to every child, while providing opportunities that no other UK-based organisation can offer.

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UK Cheerleading Association

Aims to provide a channel for health and social education through Cheerleading to all young people regardless of sex, class, creed, culture, race or physical limitations.

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Webfeet: Dancing on the Web

Listings of bands and events with a focus on the English Ceilidh dance scene but also covering English Folk dance, French and Breton, Cajun and other styles.

Welsh Folk Dance Steps

A selection of folk dances from Wales – links to dance steps, music & videos from the band Pluck & Squeeze.

Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (UK)

Promotes & develops wheelchair dancing as a sport & leisure activity, raising standards in the UK and internationally, and making wheelchair dance FUN and exciting for those who take part.

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Beat by Beat: Drama Games for Kids

Comprehensive resource of drama games for kids and teaching drama tips, including warm-ups, improv and coming out of your shell.

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Child Drama

Resources for drama teachers and classroom teachers including lesson plans, activities and projects for students from pre-Kindergarten to adult, and free-to-use scripts.

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National Association of Youth Theatres (NAYT)

Aiming to empower and develop young people through participation in excellent youth theatre. Find local groups.

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Pyjama Drama

Nice lists of drama games for little ones, plus the benefits of drama for children, ways to develop drama skills and curriculum links.

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Alternative Photography

Historical photographic methods in use today – the art, processes and techniques of alternative photography. “Photography as it should be: hands-on, fun and inspiring.”

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Big Learning Photography for Kids

Links to tips, projects, cameras, history and other good photography sites.

Disabled Photographers’ Society

Promote photography for people with disabilities, or their carers, or groups or anyone with an interest in helping the disabled.

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Pinhole Photography by Justin Quinnell

Quirky inspirational photographer who’s been on Blue Peter & all round the world – site has instructions to make your own camera obscura, six-month long photos, drink-can & toilet-roll cameras, and more.


Representing gallery, art and education professionals in the UK & worldwide. Promotes access to, enjoyment & understanding of the visual arts through gallery education.

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Engage Gallery Finder

500 galleries, arts museums and arts centres listing educational opportunities and contact details – for teachers and parents planning projects or visits.

Green Museum

Online museum of environmental art. Aiming to inform, inspire & connect people through environmental art and encourage the creation of new work that serves communities & ecosystems.

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Kids in Museums

Working with museums to help them include families, teenagers and children. In 2017 launched their Mini Manifesto – eight easy steps to help a museum welcome children & families.

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Museum Network

Network of museums and galleries offering some great elearning resources.

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Rural Museums Network

A registered charity that promotes learning and encourages a wider understanding of the UK’s rural heritage – open to anybody with an interest in rural life and agricultural history.

Story Museum

A museum in Oxford, lots of educational resources online, a treasure trove of 1001 audio stories and advice on telling stories at home.

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Artists in Nature International Network AININ 

Artists committed to art in nature – large listings of artists doing site specific work in nature or outdoor environments.

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Lang Elliott The Music of Nature

Beautiful video and sound recordings of birds and animals in their natural environments.

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Listening Earth

Incredible nature recordings from around the world, some free.

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Wildlife Sound Recording Society

Learn how to record wildlife sounds, where to go, what equipment to use, what to do with the sounds that have been captured & pitfalls to avoid. Library of sounds, articles & more.

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Gorgeous collection of wild bird song & animal sounds from around the world.

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Sound & Music

Champions new music and the work of British composers and artists, and seeks to ensure that they are at the heart of cultural life and enjoyed by many.

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Traditional Music Library

A huge archive of traditional, folk & old music: song-books with lyrics & chords, tune-books, sheet-music, scores, old songs, midi backing tracks, tabs, music lessons & theory, learn to play guides for various instruments, chord diagrams, scales and other music educational & academic reference materials.

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Youth Music Trust

Aim to ensure that life-changing music-making is available to all children and young people, and to be at the heart of children and young people’s music-making, identifying & investing in learning activities for those with least opportunity.

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Facilitate visual arts workshops & events and share ideas & outcomes generated via an evolving collection of high quality, inspirational teaching and learning resources available online.

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Transforming the lives of children & young people through arts and cultural practice – champion & facilitate high quality work by artists, arts & cultural organisations, support the development of young arts practitioners/leaders.

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Common Ground

Internationally recognised for playing a unique role in the arts and environmental fields, linking nature with culture, focussing upon the impact people can make in their own localities.

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Early Arts

Helping educators bring children’s creativity to life through creative teaching materials and training events. Lots of research and tons of free resources on dance, music, visual & digital art.

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English National Youth Arts Network ENYAN

A network for those using the arts in their work with children and young people – the Youth Arts sector. Its role is to support, stimulate and advocate at national, regional, local and grass roots levels.

Folklore Society

All aspects of folklore and tradition including: folk & fairy tales, traditional song and dance, games, children’s folklore, folk arts & crafts, and plant & weather lore.

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Landscape & Arts Network

Aiming to improve our landscape and surroundings through art, design and creative activity.

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National Society for Education in Art & Design NSEAD

Professional association & trade union concerned with art, craft and design across all phases of education in the UK.

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Arts Council England

Champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

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Arts Council’s flagship programme to enable schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision.

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Creativity, Culture and Education CCE

International foundation dedicated to unlocking the creativity of children and young people in and out of formal education.

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Cultural Learning Alliance

A collective voice working to ensure that all children and young people have meaningful access to culture, at a national & strategy level.

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Department for Culture, Media & Sport DCMS

Aims to help make Britain the world’s most creative and exciting place to live, visit and do business.


International Society for Education Through Art InSEA

Part of UNESCO: an international community dedicated to advocacy, networking and the advancement of research in art education.

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Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts

Ensuring that all children in the UK are inspired by the arts & engaging with disadvantaged children who do not have access to high-quality arts activity due to social or economic barriers.

Action for Children’s Arts

Campaign for the arts that children deserve, connect people who work in and for children’s arts, celebrate the work of children’s artists.

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Tate Kids

Gallery, games, videos and tons of creative ideas & inspiration.

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The Big Draw

One aim: to get everyone drawing! Drawing helps us to understand the world, think, feel, shape and communicate ideas. Annual festival in October.

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Visual image resource with 100,000 images that are freely available & copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK, plus great learning & teaching resources written by subject specialist authors and lecturers.

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Healing Story Alliance

A resource for the use of story in healing. Events, publications, shared stories, resources and many useful links on this sensitive, informative site.

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Kids Storytelling Club

Info on how to create and tell stories, and crafts & props you can make to help you, plus tips and more.

National Association of Writers in Education NAWE

Supporting the development of creative writing of all genres and in all educational and community settings throughout the UK.

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National Storytelling Network (USA)

US site dedicated to advancing the art of storytelling – as a performing art, a process of cultural transformation, and more.

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Poetry Society

Champions poetry for all ages with development opportunities for poets, teachers, pupils and emerging writers. A packed calendar of performances, readings and competitions.

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Society for Storytelling

Supports & promotes storytelling in England and Wales. Providing a central place to find out about storytelling events, ask for advice on using storytelling, and to find storytellers.

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Story Arts Online

Storytelling in the classroom, lesson plans & resources, story library, ideas exchange, newsletter etc.

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Story Museum

A museum in Oxford, lots of educational resources online, a treasure trove of 1001 audio stories and advice on telling stories at home.

Storytelling Resources

Between them you’ll find an incredible and indepth range of info: Storytelling Websites & Resources and The Storytelling FAQ

Tim Sheppard’s Storytelling Resources

Comprehensive collections, for storytellers, of articles, links, and information on the oral tradition and the art of storytelling.