Imaginary Communities

Through Imaginary Communities teachers, children and artists work together to create fictional characters and worlds to inspire learning through and beyond the curriculum.  Our arts education programme is having an extraordinary impact on the engagement and attainment of children and young people.


The Paul Hamlyn Foundation currently supports the delivery of Imaginary Communities in ten schools across Yorkshire.  This project engages children at risk of exclusion alongside their peers in the classroom, working with 40 classes of children and lead teachers over the next 3 years.

The highly experienced and qualified team of Imaginary Communities artists also design and deliver bespoke projects with schools.  Previously these have included projects for:

  • Children who need extra support to close the gap in literacy.
  • EAL groups to support the development of spoken and written English
  • Higher Ability Pupils to extent engagement and attainment.

Training staff to use the techniques is embedded in all of the project delivery.

To find out more about Imaginary Communities, click here or contact Vicky Sawka on