A view from your room

Stuck inside it’s often difficult to get inspired to do something creative but we promise you there’s a world of wonder just outside your window!

This week we’ve been working with Deborah Dean, Principal Curator for Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, to come up with the latest challenge.

Inspired by paintings you’ll be able to see when Nottingham Castle reopens next year, we’d love you to send us your best Stay At Home ‘windowscape’ – a view from a window at home with or without something in the foreground on the window sill. One of these inspiration paintings is Violas in the Window by Winifred Nicholson, below.

winifred nicholson

Deborah, our art expert, tells us: “one of Winifred Nicholson’s favourite subjects was a vase of flowers on a window sill, leading our eye to a view of the landscape beyond. The flowers act as a link between the domestic interior and the wider world outside, both filled with light and vivid colour.

“Often called ‘windowscapes’ these paintings suggest the way most of us are viewing the world outside at the moment, from the safety of indoors, as so many of us ‘stay home’. We’d love you to share your own windowscapes with us – whether it’s a photo, drawing, collage or painting…what’s your view?”

This is a really open challenge and you can use any artistic form to create your view to share with us. The Nottingham Castle team got creative this weekend and made these windowscapes to show that anyone can have a go! This is genuinely for anyone, aged 3 to 300 (though I don’t know how many 300 year olds will send an entry in)


When you’ve finished your masterpiece, get someone to share it with us on social media using the hashtag #NottmHeritageHunters or email them to gmorgan@nottinghamcastletrust.org. There will be an extra special prize for the best one and their family!

Stay safe, stay at home and happy creating!

Violas in the Window shared with the kind permission of Trustees of Winifred Nicholson and Nottingham City Museums’ Collection.