The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts is delighted to announce that pupils from Park End Primary have helped to achieve a Guinness World RecordsTM title for the Most artists working on the same art installation by participating in Face Britain.
The Park End Primary pupils are amongst 201,948 children and teenagers across the nation who are not only part of the UK’s largest art project, but are also officially acknowledged as Guinness World Records record-breakers. They achieved this record by creating self portraits and uploading them onto the Face Britain online gallery, brought to life by PhotoBox. At the end of the year, they will also become part of history in the making when the entire collection of portraits will be handed over to The British Library, thereby providing a lasting legacy and a vibrant snapshot of the 2012 Generation.
The children’s self portraits were combined to form an image of HM The Queen that was projected onto Buckingham Palace for three nights in April, to coincide with Her Majesty’s Birthday. The Queen’s image and children’s portraits were showcased simultaneously on the national network of BBC Big Screens/Olympic Live Sites and across JCDecaux’s network of digital advertising screens in train stations and shopping centres across the UK. The children’s individual portraits will continue to be shown across 200 JCDecaux screens until the end of 2012.
This national self portraiture project, sponsored by B&Q, was developed by The Princes Foundation for Children & the Arts an educational charity, founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, to enable disadvantaged young people to access and engage with professional arts.
Teacher, Miss Kelly, from Park End Primary said “It’s been wonderful to be involved in the UK’s largest ever art project and great to know that the portraits will become part of history. It’s so exciting to learn that our pupils have become Record Breakers as well.
Face Britain was open to anyone aged 4-16 years in the UK, regardless of drawing or learning ability. The Palace Projection was created by artist Ross Ashton of The Projection Studio and made possible with the generous support of Creative Technology. Ross' previous projection work has been seen during HM The Queen's Golden Jubilee, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the London 2008 New Year's Eve celebrations
“We are delighted that Face Britain has been confirmed as an official Guinness World Records title,” said Jeremy Newton Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts. “This would not have been possible without the overwhelming response from children and young people in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Face Britain encouraged participants to explore their creativity, and to consider their own identity and place in history during the lead up to Jubilee and Olympic celebrations”.
The previous Guinness World Records title for the Most artists working on the same art installation was set in Tel-Aviv in 2009 with 28,267 participants producing an artwork resembling the flag of Israel created out of fingerprints.
To view the record breaking portrait collection visit the online gallery on the Face Britain website www.facebritain.org.uk