Kate Middleton To Visit Dulwich Picture Gallery

Prince of Wales to introduce The Duchess of Cambridge to the work of The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts

The Prince of Wales, President of The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts (Children & the Arts), accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall, will introduce The Duchess of Cambridge to the work of his educational Charity in a special project visit. Their Royal Highnesses will meet on Thursday 15th March, school children participating in Great Art Quest, a project run by Children & the Arts at Dulwich Picture Gallery.
The Prince of Wales established Children & the Arts to allow young people who would otherwise have had no, or limited opportunity to access and engage with professional arts.  It was set up in 2002 as a pilot scheme and became an independent charity in 2006. Since 2006 Children & the Arts has used the arts to help inspire over 100,000 children, in particular enabling personal and social development among those children hardest to reach through mainstream education.
The Duchess of Cambridge has a personal interest in the arts and supporting young children, and The Prince of Wales is taking this opportunity to show the successful educational work of Children & the Arts. Great Art Quest, sponsored by investment managers GAM (UK) Ltd. 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 Great Art Quest.
Over the last two terms 120 children, aged 8-11, from Goodrich Community School in East Dulwich, Langbourne Primary School and St Luke’s C of E Primary School in Dulwich, and the Globe Academy in Southwark have been working with a textile artist and a storyteller to create their own art based on Dulwich Picture Gallery’s collection of Old Master paintings. The project marries paintings, poems and songs with visual arts to encourage pupils to think about their own personal journeys and stories. The series of creative sessions inspired the children to create an artistic response to the themes of family, identity, and journey.
During their visit to the Gallery, Their Royal Highnesses will have the opportunity to meet the children, speak to the artists and storytellers who have guided them through the project, hear from the children’s teachers, and see a special exhibition of the children’s works interpreted by the children themselves.
The Gallery’s chosen theme of family, identity and journey was inspired by Face Britain, the latest Children & the Arts project and the UK’s largest mass collaborative art project involving 4-16 year olds from right across the UK producing self-portraits. The self-portraits produced by the children as part of Great Art Quest will be combined with thousands of others to create a special montage image of HM The Queen that will be projected on to the front of Buckingham Palace in April to herald the start of the Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic and Paralympic Games. The portraits will also be displayed on the official London 2012 BBC Live Sites in city centres as well as over 400 screens in shopping centres and train stations across the UK.
Celebrated contemporary painter and sculptor, Maggi Hambling will be introduced to Their Royal Highnesses as they tour the children’s works, and will explain her involvement as a patron of Face Britain. Face Britain will also attempt to establish a new Guinness World Record for ‘the most artists working on the same art installation’. Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts is delighted that The Prince of Wales is introducing The Duchess of Cambridge to the work of this charity:  “Our President, The Prince of Wales, is dedicated to giving young people the opportunity to discover their talents and to gain the self-esteem to use them. With that mission in mind we have been changing the lives of children for the past six years. This isn’t art for arts sake but a chance to engage with children at an early enough age that they can use the arts as a way to develop skills, abilities and the confidence that will be of a practical and personal benefit to them throughout their lives.”
Gillian Wolfe, Director of Learning and Public Affairs at Dulwich Picture Gallery, said: “As a gallery, we have a long-standing commitment to arts education and to helping young people access and engage in the arts.  It was an honour to be selected by Children & the Arts as one of four host galleries for this year’s Great Art Quest. The valuable support gained as a participant in the project has enabled us to expand our Schools programme dedicated to providing opportunities for long-term, in-depth participation for high-quality creative outcomes. Over the last few months we have seen the impact the project has had on local children’s confidence and enthusiasm for the arts, and we are excited to be able to showcase their work to our Royal visitors” CEO of GAM (UK) Ltd, Andrew Hanges, will also have the opportunity to see the children’s work during the Royal visit.  He said: “We have been supporting Children & the Arts’ Great Art Quest for four years and each year I have been able to see the positive impact it brings to those taking part. Great Art Quest is a vital development opportunity for young people which GAM is proud to sponsor.”

The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts    www.childrenandarts.org.uk

The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts (Children & the Arts) is an educational charity which provides access for young people who would otherwise grow up having had no, or very limited opportunity, to engage with the arts. It was launched by The Prince of Wales as a pilot scheme in 2002 and started work as an independent charity in 2006. Since 2006 Children & the Arts has worked with over 100,000 children and has ambitious plans to buildon this in the future.

Children & the Arts believes that if denied access to the arts, children miss out on the enormous benefits that our shared cultural heritage can bring. Providing children with a sustained and high quality introduction to art has a wide and diverse impact. The arts can play a unique role in the academic and personal development of a child.

Great Art Quest 2011/12, introduces children from 16 primary schools in the UK to the visual arts by partnering them with local galleries, professional artists and storytellers. For many of these children this will be their first experience of visual arts in a professional gallery setting. Great Art Quest fits with the National Curriculum (for England, Wales and Northern Ireland) recommendations for Art and Design at Key Stage 2, which states that pupils:
‘should develop their understanding and investigating skills in order to enrich and inform their making, through working with practising artists, galleries and natural objects and environments and should work in different contexts such as galleries and outdoors.’ Dulwich Picture Gallery is one of four galleries chosen to take part in The Great Art Quest 2011/12.  The other galleries are MK Gallery (Milton Keynes), Tate St Ives (Cornwall) and Turner Contemporary (Margate, Kent).
Dulwich Picture Gallery is England’s first purpose-built public art gallery: it was founded in 1811 when Sir Francis Bourgeois RA bequeathed his collection of Old Master paintings “for the inspection of the public”. The Gallery was designed by Regency architect Sir John Soane and houses one of the country’s finest collections of Old Masters, especially rich in French, Italian and Spanish Baroque paintings and in British portraits from Tudor times to the nineteenth century. Dulwich Picture Gallery is an independent charitable trust and is not in receipt of any regular government funding.  The Gallery’s vision is to set an international standard of excellence amongst independent museums, recognised for innovative and dynamic engagement with art in the belief that art can transform lives for the better. Dulwich Picture Gallery’s directorship position is endowed as The Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery thanks to a generous grant given in recognition of the Gallery’s standing and achievements in both its exhibition and community engagement programmes. The grant from The Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation endows in perpetuity this position and secures the excellence and sustainability of the Directorship for the Gallery’s future.

Dulwich Picture Gallery   www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

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