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Royal visit to Dulwich Picture Gallery

— March 2012

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The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cambridge see examples of the children's art at Dulwich. Photo: Rosalind Ormiston

The Prince of Wales  introduces the Duchess of Cambridge to the work of The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts               

The Prince of Wales, President of The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts (Children & the Arts), accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall, introduced The Duchess of Cambridge to the work of his educational Charity at a special project visit. On Thursday 15 March,  their Royal Highnesses met school children participating in Great Art Quest, a project run by Children &  the Arts at Dulwich Picture Gallery.

The Prince of Wales established Children & the Arts to allow young people who would otherwise have had no, or limited opportunity to access and engage with professional arts.  It was set up in 2002 as a pilot scheme and became an independent charity in 2006. Since 2006 Children & the Arts has used the arts to help inspire over 100,000 children, in particular enabling personal and social development among those children hardest to reach through mainstream education

The Duchess of Cambridge has apersonal interest in the arts and supporting young children, and The Prince of Wales took this opportunity to show the successful educational work of Children & the Arts.

Great Art Quest, sponsored by investment managers GAM (UK) Ltd. introduces children to the visual arts by partnering them with local galleries, professional artists and storytellers and providing them with the skills and confidence to create their own works. Dulwich Picture Gallery is one of just four galleries selected by Children & the Arts to take part in Great Art Quest.  During their visit to the Gallery, Their Royal Highnesses had the opportunity to meet the children, speak to the artists and storytellers who have guided them through the project, hear from the children’s teachers, and see a special exhibition of the children’s works interpreted by the children themselves.

Cassone’s royal correspondent for this Jubilee year, Rosalind Ormiston, was there and a full report will appear in our April issue.

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