With being back in lockdown and many of us learning from home, we thought we’d ask you to tell us what you can see.

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!

With Nottingham Castle reopening later this year, we want to document children’s and young people’s experiences and their lives during home schooling. Working with Deborah Dean, Principal Curator for Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, we’d like you to create a picture of the view from your window.

Inspired by Winifred Nicholson’s Violas in the Window (below), our favourite “windowscape” images, created by schools and families during this lockdown, will be displayed as part of the exhibition that will reopen Nottingham Castle – alongside Nicholson’s original. These can be created using pencils, crayons, paint or digital artwork using apps on a tablet or phone.

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 we don’t know how many 300 year olds will send an entry in). Some of our favourites so far are below.

When you’ve finished your masterpiece, get someone to share it with us on social media using the hashtag #NottmWindowscapes or email them to gmorgan@nottinghamcastletrust.org. Please take a photo of the art work to email to us but we may want to re-photograph the original should it be one that goes up on the wall!

We’ll be collating the first group of Windowscapes to share in the Castle in early April so please send us your artworks by Friday 2nd April (the end of term).

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.