Face Britain was created in the run up to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics and Paralympic Games in the Summer of 2012 as a way of celebrating the artwork of Britain’s children. ‘The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts’ believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be inspired by the arts from an early age and with this in mind, the Face Britain Project was born. It was a ground breaking national art project to inspire and engage the young people of Britain which had the active support of the HRH The Prince of Wales.
Every child in the country, age 4 to 16, was invited to create a self-portrait and upload it onto the Face Britain Online Gallery, which is now part of an online archive, creating a snapshot of how young people see themselves today. All the self-portraits were combined to create a special montage portrait of HM The Queen, which was projected onto Buckingham Palace at the start of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. During the summer months the individual self-portraits were shown on Official London 2012 giant digital screens placed all over the country.
All the children in Reception Year, Year 1 and Year 2 at Hampstead Hill School created their own self-portrait, using a variety of different mediums, and this montage showcases some examples of the children’s wonderful, colorful and very interesting artwork.
In May 2012 the Reception Year classes created a Patchwork Wall Hanging, made up of 90 individual fabric squares, to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. Some children created stencils and printed the State Coach, the Queen’s head and corgis, while others painted Union Jack flags and freehand pictures of Her Majesty from various different periods in her lifetime. Once finished the patchwork was hung at school throughout the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June 2012 after which it was sent to Buckingham Palace as a gift for the Queen. In early July 2012 we received a Thank You letter from Her Majesty’s Lady-in-Waiting which was extremely exciting and rewarding for the children.