We want to share our work as widely and creatively as possible. Continuing professional development options can be explored here. We offer a range of physical and online resources and research - all of which can be explored below. Many of these can be read or watched online for free and are available in print and can be purchased via the the CCI Shop.

Further information about our playful toolkit developed with families for use in contemporary art galleries can be found here.


CCI's publications list includes: ArtScapers: being and becoming creative, a poetry collection, a number of booklets and a Fantastical Guide. As part of our wider programme of wild exchanges these often include responses from other writers; environmental campaigner Rob Hopkins opens the new ArtScapers publication; poet Jackie Kay has created new work alongside children in A poem of a dream of the woods; travel writer and explorer Robert Macfarlane wrote the foreword to Ways into Hingchingbrooke Country Park; and writer and researcher Mary Jane Drummond contributed the introduction for Outside/Inside. Every book cover here is a link whilst this link will take you to the Creative Care programme for access to artist designed invitations for being creative at home.

A to Z for Trumpington

Igniting a Fuse Cover

Shirley Pocket Adventures

The 2012 evaluation of our Footprints projects with Cambridgeshire County Council Early Years Team is here.

Research published in academic and professional journals on CCI's work:

Spaces for Imagination and Curiosity, Spring 2021 edition of Journal for the National Association of Environmental Education, guest edited by Ruth Sapsed

Hay, P., Sapsed, R., & Sayers, E. (2020) Creative Activism - learning everywhere with children and young people. FORUM Volume 62, Number 1, 2020

STEM to STEAM as an Approach to Human Development: The Potential of Arts Practices for Supporting Wellbeing

A chapter by Nicola Walshe, Elsa Lee, Danielle Lloyd and Ruth Sapsed in a new collection edited by Pam Burnard & Laura Colucci-Gray: Why Science and Art Creativities Matter: STEAM (re-) Configurings for Future-Making Education, 2020

Artists as emplaced pedagogues: how does thinking about children's nature relations influence pedagogy?

A chapter by Elsa Lee, Nicola Walshe, Ruth Sapsed and Jo Holland in a Research Handbook on Childhoodnature published by Springer International Handbooks of Education (2018). Editors: Cutter-Mackenzie A., Malone K., Barratt Hacking E. CCI’s work is also included in the companion volume for this new Handbook.

Enabling the ‘Other Community’ through Creative Pedagogies for Urban Renewal: Exploring the Affiliation Between Contemporary Art Practices and Democratic Values

This paper by Dr Esther Sayers about CCI’s ArtScaper programme was published in the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, September 2018.

I explore the idea that community engagement is not simply about learning as an instrument to produce a person who is ready for active citizenship within a democracy, but rather to enable newly configured communities where an individual’s uniqueness is savoured. 

Supporting children’s well-being with art in nature: artist pedagogue perceptions

This study of CCI artists working with children in schools on nature - based activities  by Dr Nicola Walshe(Anglia Ruskin University) and  Dr Elsa Lee (University of Cambridge) suggests important outcomes for mental wellbeing.Recent evidence from this research was presented in the form of this poster at the European Educational Research Association Annual Conference in Copenhagen in August 2017, presented with Millie Smith (Anglia Ruskin University). The evidence was also logged as part of the data collection for the House of Commons Debate: Effect of the arts on health in October 2017.

What happens to opportunities for learning when some of the structures of schooling are remodelled? What do children and young people do with these new opportunities? Drawing on research into creative projects in a primary and secondary school, and an after-school club for looked-after children, this paper examines a different way of working in schools, from the perspective of the creative practitioners who designed and led the projects in partnership with teachers and resource centre workers. Education 3-13, Vol. 35, No. 1, February 2007, pp 47-58.

Let’s Play

An article about the role of play in CCI's practice by Artist Idit Nathan was published in Engage 16, Winter 2006, the journal by the leading international association for gallery educators, artist educators and other arts and education professionals.

Tyler Denmead is Assistant Professor of Art Education in the School of Art and Designa Lecturer in Arts and Creativity in Education  at the University of IllinoisCambridge.  He is the Director of the Saturday Art School, andwas the founder and former Executive Director of New Urban Arts.  His doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge (2011) focused on the pedagogies of CCI artists. Findings from this research have been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals:

Viscerality and Slowliness: An Anatomy of Artists' Pedagogies of Material and Time

(with Richard Hickman, University of Cambridge)

International Journal of Education and the Arts, Volume 13, Number 9, December 19, 2012

Being and becoming: Elements of pedagogies described by three East Anglian creative practitioners

Thinking Skills and Creativity 
Volume 6, Issue 1, April 2011, Pages 57-66 (Permission has been granted from Elsevier for CCI to publish this article via its website)

Meeting and extending participants: exploratory case studies of community artist pedagogy 

Journal of Arts and Communities 
Volume 1, Number 3, July 2011 , pp. 235-246(12)

Prior to his postgraduate work, he was the founder and director of New Urban Arts, a nationally-recognised interdisciplinary studio for artist mentors and secondary school students in the United States. 

Refocus Journal Articles include:

Adventuring in a Cambridge forest

An account of an original Footprints project with Colleges Nursery (north Cambridge) with CCI artist Filipa Pereira-Stubbs.  2008.

Standing back to watch the ripples spread

A reflective account by early years educators Andrea Gray and Jane Stewart, participants on a 2009 Creativity as Practice Course, run with Pam Burnard, University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and Brent Early Years Team. 2009.

Listening to fact and fiction and The poet, the children and the fantastical map are short articles originally published in Early Years Education Magazine about our work in Spinney Wild Woods - Words are powerful and playful.  We use words to tell the truth and we use words to make things up; we often do both at the same time, and if we are allowed to, we begin early in life.   I believe it’s part of our job as educators, to make time and opportunity not only for this to happen, but to listen carefully when it does, and to learn from our listening. Deb Wilenski

Here is a shortened version of an article on adventuring and emotional exploration in Early Years Educator.  Recent evidence from research by Dr Nicola Walshe (Anglia Ruskin University) and  Dr Elsa Lee (University of Cambridge) suggesting important outcomes for mental wellbeing from CCI work was presented in the form of this poster Supporting children’s well-being with art in nature: artist pedagogue perceptions at the European Educational Research Association Annual Conference in Copenhagen in August 2017. The evidence was also logged as part of the data collection for the House of Commons Debate: Effect of the arts on health in October 2017.


Colleagues at Anglia Ruskin University are making a new Eco-capabilities Webinar Series. We worked together on the first which reflects on a CCI project with Mayfield Primary School and Under Fives Roundabout Preschool in 2018 - Lost Words and Found Connections - and has contributions from Nicola Walshe (ARU), Pippa Joyce and Jake Holt (Mayfield Primary School), Dana Harrison (Under Fives Roundabout Nursery), Filipa Pereira-Stubbs (CCI Artist), and Ruth Sapsed (CCI Director) .

Fantastical maps

Fantastical maps co-created with communities in our Fantastical Cambridgeshire project.

Fantastical Map of Eynesbury FINAL WEB

Love's Farm Fantastical Map


Fingers pointing at a map

Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.
Abraham Maslow (psychologist, 1908 - 1970)

Play is a key element in CCI’s work. We offer playful invitations and provocations as part of our workshops and projects but we also learn alongside children as they play, acknowledging their brilliant expertise in leading play themselves.

This series of ‘wild exchange games’ has been devised by artist Deb Wilenski as she adventured alongside young children in our Fantastical Cambridgeshire programme. Described as ‘for anyone to play anywhere’, the games offer a brilliant resource for others interested in play, finding ways to adventure together creatively and fantastical mapping, whether as a family, a school or a community.

Really fun and if people in every year group do it, this school would be super super creative.
Charlie, 9

My class have absolutely loved the ‘Fantastical Worlds’ game. We imagined the classroom from a new perspective - borrowers, small creatures, flying unicorns, fish, small pets etc. I told them about the principle of really slowing down and taking time to observe their environment in a completely new way. 
Becky, teacher

This exercise helps you see the world from a creature's perspective – calm yourself and see the world with new eyes.
Kalina, 9

Each pack includes four games that together offer at least twenty different prompts for how to start your own creative adventures. Each sheet can be copied freely so that games can be played in groups or classes easily.

The games are contained in their own folder and full instructions are included. Read more about their creation here.

Available from the CCI shop or as part of a Fantastical Mapping school day (enquiries to


These short films illustrate different aspects of recent Footprints projects - the search for adventure by nursery children near Peterborough (Running into adventure), storying with reception children in a Cambridge Nature Reserve (Here I come to the jungle), being lead by reception children into their local woods in south Cambridge (Discovering the Spinney Wild Woods) and sharing a week of journeying together as families in this same wood (A Week in the Wild Woods).

These two short films from CCI’s ArtScaper programme illustrate how even very young children can playfully explore and discover complicated ideas.

There are also a number of other films documenting our projects including:

Trolley of Ideas

Time to C to B


Deakin Learning Centre Creative Consultation

Talking Cities

Playful Hands