MK Gallery is delighted to announce that it is one of four art galleries in the UK to be selected to join the Great Art Quest, organised by The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts (Children & the Arts), and generously supported by GAM.
Each year Great Art Quest introduces children (age 9-11) from sixteen primary schools to the visual arts by partnering them with local galleries, professional artists and storytellers.
The Great Art Quest takes children on a very special journey into their local arts venue where for the first time they can participate in exciting arts activities. In this third space, that is neither home nor school they can broaden their horizons, discover new experiences and find new ways to express their ideas, imaginations and personalities.
Throughout October and November 2014, MK Gallery’s Great Art Quest will engage pupils from Stanton School (Bradville), Jubilee Wood School (Fishermead), Greenleys Junior School (Wolverton), and Wavendon Gate Primary School in Milton Keynes via an exploration of its current photography exhibition by An-My Lê. Vietnamese-American artist Lê uses a large format analogue camera to investigate themes of war, conflict, myth and memory.
Pupils from each school will work with artists Sophie Bennett and Alex Evans to experiment with visual art and storytelling, as they work towards creating their own artwork for display in MK Gallery’s Project Space in January 2015.
Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive of The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts, said: "For many of the children taking part in Great Art Quest this will be their first experience of seeing art in a professional gallery setting. I hope that the Quest will help bring the visual arts to life for these children, make them aware of the wonderful local MK Gallery that is available to them, inspire them and encourage their talents and confidence in producing their very own pieces of art.”