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MK Gallery selected for the Great Art Quest


MK Gallery is delighted to announce that it is one of four art galleries in the UK to be selected to join 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 will engage pupils from Stanton School (Bradville), Jubilee Wood School (Fishermead), Greenleys Junior School (Wolverton), and Wavendon Gate Primary School in Milton Keynes via an exploration of its current 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 will work with artists Sophie Bennett and Alex Evans to experiment with visual art and storytelling, as they work towards creating their own artwork for display in MK Gallery’s Project Space in January 2015. 


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.”  



Great Art Quest


Great Art Quest is a UK-wide arts project designed by The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts with generous sponsorship for the past seven years from GAM. Since 2008 Great Art Quest has worked in partnership with arts venues across the UK, to engage over 3,300 children with visual art.Over the academic year 2014/15, the Great Art Quest will work with four art galleries – MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen; Tullie House Museum and Gallery Trust, Carlisle; and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield – and 16 primary schools across the UK to introduce 500 children aged 9–11 to their local gallery.



About The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts

The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales with the fundamental belief that every child has the right to be inspired by the arts. The charity’s UK wide arts engagement programmes work with deprived children from areas of social and economic disadvantage and build partnerships between their schools and local high quality cultural venues.  The charity takes children on a journey into their local arts venue and unlocks the arts for those who need to be inspired by them the most, raising children’s self-esteem and confidence, and nurturing their communication skills. Through the work of Children & the Arts, children learn that cultural venues are welcoming, accessible places to visit and since 2006 Children & the Arts has introduced over 300,000 children to life-changing arts experiences.