Explorer Expedition Challenge

Art with Heart and Z-Arts invite young explorers on an Explorer Expedition that will ignite their imaginations and spark their curiosity and creativity.


Welcome to the Explorer Expedition Challenge

In these difficult times, we’re constantly trying to find new and safe ways to enjoy and explore the world around us. Art with Heart and Z-Arts invite young explorers across Greater Manchester to embark on an expedition of their choosing, real or imagined (so long as it’s in line with current safety measures!)

Our Explorer Expedition Challenge will ignite the imaginations of young explorers, spark their curiosity and creativity; and offer them a chance to win their very own Explorer Kit! Details of how to enter our competition are outlined in Step 5 below. The competition closes on Saturday 6th June at 5pm. We will announce the winners on Friday 12th June.

So what is the Explorer Expedition Challenge?

We’re inviting young explorers to take us on an expedition of their choosing, real or imagined! That expedition could take place in the safety of your flat, down at the local park or in your own back garden.

Expeditions could include:

  • A wildlife tour of your local nature reserve
  • A journey through outer space in your bedroom
  • A trek through a tropical forest in your garden


Art with Heart and Z-Arts understand that we all have different ways of exploring the world. No two explorers are the same; nor are their expeditions and that’s the way it should be. With that in mind, we’re inviting explorers to write, draw, speak or sign their adventures. Further details, including those for visually impaired explorers can be found at the bottom of the page.

A 5-Step Guide to your Expedition

STEP 1: Pick your Expedition

Choose the place you want to explore, this could be somewhere real (a local park) or somewhere imagined (a medieval castle). Be sure to ask a grown up to help make sure you can carry out your expedition safely.

STEP 2: Pack for your Expedition

Make a list of all the things you’ll need on your expedition; you can use things you have around your home, or you can take imaginary items with you. Once you’ve made your list, download and print out the blank backpack sheet heredraw on your items and colour them in!

To get some ideas of what you could pack, here’s our backpack, which you can view and download here:

Art with Heart's Explorer Backpack

STEP 3: The Expedition

It’s time to head out on your expedition! Download and fill in our Expedition Log here to guide you through. To get some ideas, you can download the example Expedition Log here.

STEP 4: Download your Certificate

For all of your efforts Chief Explorers Rachel and Sarah want to award you with a special certificate. Download your official Explorer Award Certificate in Green or White!

STEP 5: Enter our Competition

If you want to enter your expedition into our competition, simply email a picture or scan of your Expedition Backpack and your Explorer Log, or your Expedition Video/Audio file to hello@artwithheart.org.uk.

You can also post your entries to Art with Heart:

Islington Mill,
Studio 304,
M3 5HW

The competition closes on Saturday 6th June at 5pm. We will announce the winners on Friday 12th June. The top prize will be an Explorer Kit including: An Explorer notebook, a pair of aviator goggles, an A4 explorer art print, a letter from one of our Chief Explorers and an Art with Heart badge! 4 runners up will receive a letter from our Chief Explorers, an A5 explorer art print and Art with Heart badge.

All adventures should be accessible:

We’re inviting Explorers to write, draw, speak or sign their expeditions.

If the child in your care would be more comfortable expressing themselves in an audio or video recording, as opposed to written communication, that’s fine by us. Simply record them talking or signing (using British Sign Langauge) about their expedition, what they’ve packed in their bag and what they’ve found and email it to hello@artwithheart.org.uk.

If your explorer has a visual impairment then we would like to invite them on an exclusive ‘Explorer Expedition’ with one of our Chief Explorers. All you need to do is email rachel@artwithheart.org.uk and tell us a little bit about your explorer, and we will get back to you to arrange a special ‘Explorer Exhibition’ phone / video call.

If your explorer doesn’t have access to a printer, they are welcome to get creative and draw their own Explorer Backpack and write their own Explorer Log on whatever materials they have lying around; some scrap paper, a cereal box, the back of an envelope, their bedroom walls (kidding!). Entries can be sent by uploading photos of their creations to hello@artwithheart.org.uk or via post (see details above).


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