The Ben Uri Gallery & Museum is delighted to announce its forthcoming children’s exhibition in partnership with Children & the Arts and three London primary schools. The gallery will be entirely devoted to a multi-sensory display of children’s artwork, stories, photographs and performances to explore and celebrate the art of storytelling.
As part of the national project, the Great Art Quest, Sunnyfields Primary (Hendon), The Hyde (Hendon) and Essendine Primary (Maida Vale) have spent the autumn term working closely with storyteller Olivia Armstrong and artist Karen Raingold. 120 upper Key Stage 2 children (ages 9-11) have had the opportunity to develop their creativity, attainment and self esteem by producing a range of work inspired by Ben Uri’s preceding exhibition, Rothenstein’s Relevance.
The project began in September 2015 with a professional development day at Ben Uri for participating teaching staff, introducing ideas about visual art and storytelling as well as allowing initial planning for the project to take place. Blending Art, Literacy, History and Religious Education, the students have worked both in the gallery and at school to explore, plan and craft their responses to the portraiture of Sir William Rothenstein and his peers.
The Great Art Quest is a UK-wide arts project designed by Children & the Arts, a national education charity, with generous sponsorship from GAM (UK) Ltd. Since 2008 Children & the Arts has worked in partnership with arts venues across the UK to engage over 5,500 children with visual art through the Great Art Quest. Over the academic year 2015/16 Children & the Arts have worked with the Ben Uri Gallery & Museum, Reading Museum & Town Hall, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum,
and Stirling Smith Museum & Art Gallery and 13 primary schools across the UK, with the aim of introducing up to 500 children aged 9–11 to their local gallery.