The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts

I am writing to you from The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts to let you know about Face Britain, the UK’s largest mass collaborative art project which offers everyone aged 4-16 years the opportunity to engage in the art of self-portraiture.  Hopefully many of the schools in your area will already be taking part, but our aim is to get every child aged 4-16 involved in the project and we need your help.

Children & the Arts is a registered charity that champions the power of the arts to transform lives. Face Britain is not only the UK’s largest mass collaborative art project, but is also Guinness World Records attempt for “The most artists working on the same art installation”. The purpose is to provide a unique snapshot of how the nation’s young people see themselves by creating a self-portrait that can be uploaded onto the Face Britain online gallery brought to life by PhotoBox. Portraits at all levels of skill and in any medium are acceptable, including drawing, textiles, 3D, painting, graphics and photography.

Face Britain has been designed with schools in mind, and the website features ideas for introducing Face Britain across a range of subjects including History, Citizenship, Art & Design and ICT amongst others.  The website also contains links to online teaching resources provided by OCR, the National Portrait Gallery in London and the National Archives. 

All self portraits will be celebrated in a number of exciting ways including screenings on BBC Big Screens in 21 cities around the UK which will become the official Olympic Live Sites this summer and on digital advertising screens in hundreds of train stations and shopping centres courtesy of JCDecaux. In addition the portraits will be used to create a unique montage image to celebrate HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This image will be projected onto Buckingham Palace in April 2012 along with individual self portraits by young people from across the UK.

We think that Face Britain is an exciting project and hope you do too.  So far over 700 UK schools have signed up for the project and have uploaded almost 9000 portraits already. More are added to the gallery every day! The project is completely free of charge and is not a competition; it is open to every child aged 4-16. We hope you will support The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts’ aim to involve every child by promoting Face Britain to your local schools and encouraging them to take part.

For further information, details on how schools can register to take part and to view the online gallery, please see www.facebritain.org.uk (designed with the young people involved in mind) and http://parents.facebritain.org.uk