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Feature: The Creative Kids project will be on show at the October Gallery, Old Gloucester Street on November 25

Published: 24 November, 2011

Giant canvases featuring the art work of children from Argyle Primary School will be gracing the walls of a leading Bloomsbury gallery tomorrow (Friday).

As part of an education scheme, the gallery has been running after-school classes for the pupils at the King’s Cross primary – and
the show is the culmination of the projects that have seen them work with artists and be given the chance to explore painting and sculpture and installations.

The project, hosted by the October Gallery in Old Gloucester Street, includes not just the chance for children to work together on work that is much more ambitious than they could in school lessons, it also gives them the chance to follow the process from creating work to having it hung in a gallery.

The gallery’s education outreach officer Ella Phillips, who is an artist in her own right, said the scheme gave pupils an insight into what it’s like to be a working artist.

“It is also all about explaining how exhibitions work and getting real, working artists to interact with the children,” she said. “It allows them to think as if they were at art school. Working with people of this age group is very enlightening for the artist, too – they are very honest in their appraisals and answers. They look at things from a different perspective.”

Five- to 11-year-olds completed paintings and luminous installations, inspired by the works they have seen at the gallery. Ella added: “This gives them the chance to work from conception to completion.”

• The Creative Kids project will be on show at the October Gallery, Old Gloucester Street, WC1, tomorrow (Friday), from 4-5pm, 020 7242 7367.



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