Artistic pupils help to break world record

From left, Emily Curtis, aged eight, Phoebe Hope, eight, Harry Jeavons, eight, Jessica Ashe, nine, and Alexander Thackway, eight.

From left, Emily Curtis, aged eight, Phoebe Hope, eight, Harry Jeavons, eight, Jessica Ashe, nine, and Alexander Thackway, eight.

First published in News

St Catharine’s RC Primary, in Chipping Campden, are among 201,948 youngsters across the nation who took part in the UK’s largest art project – Face Britain.

They have created self-portraits and uploaded them onto the Face Britain online gallery, breaking the record for the most artists working on the same art installation.

At the end of the year their work will be added to the entire collection of portraits and kept in the British Library as a lasting legacy and snapshot of the 2012 generation.

Teacher Christine Hale 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.”

The children’s self-portraits were also combined to form an image of the Queen that was projected onto Buckingham Palace for three nights in April, to coincide with Her Majesty’s birthday.

To view the record-breaking portrait collection, visit facebritain.org.uk.

• 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 of the flag of Israel created out of fingerprints.

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