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Art Bytes launched this year as a national programme for primary, secondary and SEN schools, combining an inter-school art competition with a virtual gallery and augmented reality technology. It has been open to year 5 and Year 9 pupils across all schools settings in England.

The programme was born from the hugely successful dot-art Schools Programme in the Liverpool City Regions, which is celebrating it’s 10th birthday this year. Art Bytes were delighted to welcome almost 100 schools from across the 9 regions of England to the first year of the programme.

After an expert shortlisting panel and an online public vote, the winning art work from each school will appear in the Art Bytes virtual gallery.

Arnolfini is the partner venue for the South West and wanted to showcase the shortlisted entries in our Light Studio to celebrate the incredible talent of our region. The exhibition includes works from 14 schools and 42 budding artists.

Special thanks to all the schools and pupils that participated:

Monkton Park Primary School

St John’s C of E Primary School

Stoke St Michael Primary and Nursery Federation

Christ Church C of E VC Junior School

Horfield Church of England Primary School

St Mary Redcliffe Primary School

Hardenhuish School

The Thomas Hardye School

Pewsey Vale School

Lavington School

Devizes School

St Mary’s Calne

Mangotsfield School

Easton CE Academy




Art Bytes is a national EdTech programme that utilises a bespoke, immersive, virtual gallery incorporating augmented reality elements, to give young participants the opportunity to see their art exhibited online and engage with new technology from the safety and convenience of their own home or school. It builds confidence and nurtures talent, allows children and young people to see galleries as places “for them” and encourages future cultural engagement.