Travellers are being greeted by a blaze of colour at Westminster Underground Station as work by students of Lewisham’s Childeric Primary School is displayed until October 2005.
The exhibition, presented by London Underground’s Platform for Art, celebrates reaching the halfway mark in Arts & Kids One Million Challenge. Art & Kids has worked with business to create opportunities for 500,000 children to get involved in the arts.
Illustrator Quentin Blake and fellow Arts & Kids Patron, contemporary dance choreographer Siobhan Davies, worked with the children to create images of the dancers from the Siobhan Davies Dance Company. The colourful images are inspired by the concept of capturing movement.
President of Arts & Kids, HRH the Prince of Wales commented: “The arts have the power to shape lives, provide inspiration and awaken talent. They should not be seen as an optional extra for children or an exercise in elitism. This magic is the greatest gift of all – for it is what, at the end of the day, makes us truly human.”
Elizabeth O’Sullivan, London Underground’s Arts and Events Manager, said: “We are delighted that Platform for Art has been involved with the Arts and Kids One Million Kids Challenge. The images on display at Westminster speak for themselves. They are exciting, dynamic and demonstrate what can be achieved when businesses and artists work together to get children involved in the Arts.”
The Prince of Wales Arts & Kids Foundation is an initiative of Arts & Business. Arts & Kids aims to persuade businesses and others who may not otherwise have supported the arts at all, of the vital importance of the arts to our children and our society. It was established in response to the vision of HRH the Prince of Wales in 2002 and over 510,400 children have already benefited from involvement with the arts. The Arts & Kids Challenge aims to reach one million children and young people over five years of age who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage with the arts; it is very easy for business to get involved.
For more information visit: www.childrenandarts.org.uk