This unique project created by The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts is open to all children and young people aged 4-16 years throughout the UK and gives them the opportunity to create self portraits which will be publicly displayed across the country. The portraits will be exhibited alongside contributions from Alan Rickman, Jeremy Irons, Fearne Cotton, Amir Khan, Ade Adepitan, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Tracey Emin, Quentin Blake, Rankin, James Naughtie and a host of other famous names and faces.
The project will also attempt to establish a new Guinness World RecordsTM title for the Most artists working on the same art installation.
The self-portraits can be uploaded onto the Face Britain online gallery, brought to life by PhotoBox, between September 2011 and March 2012. Portraits will be displayed on all the BBC Big Screens which become official London 2012 Live Sites next year. In addition, prominent JCDecaux digital screens across the UK, will provide a unique snapshot of how the nation’s young people see themselves. It’s not a competition so any child can take part, regardless of ability or circumstance.
Speaking on film at the Face Britain launch event, HRH The Prince of Wales said:
“As Founder and President of The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, I firmly believe that everyone should have the opportunity, at an early age, to be given access to and to be inspired by the arts. Sustained access to performance and visual arts can empower children to explore their creativity and to enhance their personal development and self-esteem.”
Portraits at all levels of skill and in any medium are acceptable including drawing, textiles, 3D, painting, graphics and photography.
Visit www.facebritain.org.uk for further details on how to register and take part.