Great Art Quest
9 January - 1 February 2015
Preview: Thursday 8 January 2015 / 5pm
In 2014, MK Gallery was selected as one of four art galleries in the UK taking part in the Great Art Quest, organised by The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts (Children & the Arts), and generously supported by GAM.
Each year Great Art Quest introduces children (age 9-11) from sixteen primary schools to the visual arts by partnering them with local galleries, professional artists and storytellers.
The Great Art Quest takes children on a very special journey into their local arts venue where for the first time they can participate in exciting arts activities. In this third space, that is neither home nor school they can broaden their horizons, discover new experiences and find new ways to express their ideas, imaginations and personalities.
Throughout October and November 2014, MK Gallery’s Great Art Quest engaged pupils from Stanton School, Jubilee Wood School, Greenleys Junior School and Wavendon Gate Primary School in Milton Keynes via an exploration of its photography exhibition by An-My Lê. Vietnamese-American artist Lê uses a large format analogue camera to investigate themes of war, conflict, myth and memory.
Pupils from each school worked alongside artists Sophie Bennett and Alex Evans to experiment with visual art and storytelling, and created their own artwork for display in MK Gallery’s Project Space.
Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive of The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts, said: "For many of the children taking part in Great Art Quest this will be their first experience of seeing art in a professional gallery setting. I hope that the Quest will help bring the visual arts to life for these children, make them aware of the wonderful local MK Gallery that is available to them, inspire them and encourage their talents and confidence in producing their very own pieces of art.”