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Beat the Jan blues with daily creative challenges

The January Challenge is run by the UK-based non-profit 64 Million Artists. It involves 31 days of quick, fun and free creative challenges – one challenge for each day of the month – that everyone can participate in. The initiative is partly funded by the Arts Council.

According to the NHS, around 2 million people in the UK experience SAD, a type of seasonal depression prevalent in the winter months, every year. As people return to work and return to a comparatively less busy schedule with fewer social opportunities, they may also experience post-holiday blues or lower mental well-being.

The 2023 challenges have been designed by collaborators across the UK to encourage people to do something creative, think about how they did it and share the process. Collaborators for this 10th anniversary challenge include Lemn Sissay OBE poet, playwright, performer and broadcaster; writer and LGBTQI+ Broadcaster of the Year Liv Little and artist, and deaf performer and storyteller Jonny Cotsen.

When asked what people can expect from his challenge, Jonny Cotsen said;

“Some of the more meaningful challenges have a purpose that gets people thinking about everyday barriers that we sometimes face. One challenge can have such a huge positive impact on your life — and that is what makes The January Challenge so exciting and rewarding.”

Jo Hunter, Founder and CEO of 64 Million Artists, said:

“The January Challenge is a moment of magic where anyone can join in and discover their own creativity on their
terms. We’re excited to have co-created it with a diverse range of groups, individuals and communities across the UK.”

For more information and to sign up to The January Challenge visit

The January Challenge 2023 Trailer – YouTube

Image credit: 64 Million Artists