Today – The Dulwich Picture Gallery Hosts The Duchess Of Cambridge For Children’s Art Charity
Kate Middleton,The Prince Of Wales and The Duchess Of Cornwall will meet school children participating in the Great Art Quest today at a project run by ‘Children & the Arts’ at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. The Duchess of Cambridge a History of Art graduate, from St Andrews is known to have a personal interest in the arts and a special regard for supporting young children through good works.
This morning Kate traded her court shoes for trainers and lycra as he visited the Olympic stadium. The 30-year-old Duchess is an ambassador for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. She arrived at the venue in east London wearing a coral three quarter length jeans, blue heels and a blue blazer with an official Team GB supporters’ This will be another full day for the Duchess who is now on her way to meet Prince Charles and Students from the Goodrich Community Primary School in East Dulwich, the Globe Academy in Southwark, the Langbourne Primary School as well as the Luke’s CofE Primary School, in Dulwich, who will be present at the event. The royal Visitors will also meet the artists who have worked on the ‘Children & the Arts Face Britain ‘project, an undertaking which began in October, of children’s work. The venture is the UK’s largest mass collaborative art project where portraits of children from four to 16 are used to create a blown up image of The Queen. It will be projected on to the front of Buckingham Palace as part of the Jubilee and Olympic celebrations in April. The portraits will also be shown on 400 large screens in cities, shopping concourses and rail stations across Britain.
The Prince of Wales is taking this opportunity to highlight the successful educational work of his pet project, ‘Children & the Arts’. The Great Art Quest is sponsored by investment managers GAM (UK) Ltd. It introduces children to the visual arts by partnering them with local galleries, professional artists and storytellers and providing them with the skills and confidence to create their own works. Dulwich Picture Gallery is one of just four galleries selected by Children & the Arts to take part in The Great Art Quest. The project helps thousands of children who would otherwise leave school having never set foot in an art gallery or watch a performance in a theatre, or listened to an orchestra play. ” The Prince stated; ” Every child, whatever his or her circumstances, should have the chance to experience the artistic excellence of our cultural heritage, the very best of dance, theatre, opera, and music, our museums and galleries, art and literature”.
The charity knows that early engagement with the arts has a positive impact on young people: raising aspirations, increasing confidence, improving communication skills and unlocking creativity. We champion the power of the arts to transform lives and strive towards a future where all children in the UK gain access to the arts. Children & the Arts engages with disadvantaged children nationwide who do not have access to high-quality arts activity because of either social or economic barriers. Through a network of partners we use the arts as a platform to inspire and enable personal and social development amongst those who are hardest to reach. Through our work children learn that cultural venues are welcoming, accessible and exciting places to visit.
The organisation are the only national educational charity committed to ensuring that all children in the UK are inspired by the arts.
“We use the power of the arts to transform the lives of disadvantaged children throughout the UK.By supporting us, you will help many young people to engage with the arts and access cultural venues for the very first time. We also work to ensure that their teachers gain the skills and confidence to inspire children for years to come.
During her visit The Duchess of Cambridge will meet children and hold informal talks with artists and storytellers, listen to the children’s teachers as well as see a special exhibition of the children’s works, interpreted by the children themselves. The Chief Executive of the foundation Jeremy Newton has expressed delight about Kate Middleton’s visit whilst raising the profile of the work of the charity.
This is not the first children’s art charity that Kate has stamped with her seal of approval. She visited two schools in Oxford last month as patron of her charity, ‘The Art Room’, an organisation that helps children with learning difficulties cope through specialist art therapy services.