In partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, CBeebies Art magazine has launched an exciting new competition inviting readers aged three to seven to create a portrait of their family imagined as the British Royal Family. To coincide with the Diamond Jubilee, the winner of the competition will be announced on 5 June 2012. Entries are now open until 30 May 2012
The winner will receive a printed framed copy of their winning portrait. Also, the winner and five runners-up, along with their families, will enjoy a special tour of the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition The Queen: Art & Image, followed by an exclusive animation workshop with an artist. They will also each receive an arty goody bag.
To get little ones’ creative juices flowing, issues 48 (on sale now) and 49 (on sale 23 May) of CBeebies Art magazine provides inspiration, including a list of ‘top tips’ from artists at the National Portrait Gallery and features on royal portraits commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, including Nicky Philipps’ portrait Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, 2009. The National Portrait Gallery will also be holding free Royal Art Workshops and Storytelling sessions for families in conjunction with CBeebies Art magazine on Saturday 19 May and Saturday 26 May.
Stephanie Cooper, editor of CBeebies Art magazine said: “This is a fantastic collaboration between CBeebies Art magazine and the art institution that is the National Portrait Gallery. We both have shared aims in promoting art appreciation and making art history accessible to all ages, so this is a great creative opportunity for kids to get involved with an important date in British history. I am so excited to see what they come up with!”
Liz Smith, Head of Participation and Learning, National Portrait Gallery, London says: “We are delighted to be working with CBeebies Art magazine to produce these two special issues, and also to be running some special free activities around Royal portraits in May at the Gallery. It’s an exciting way to add to our programme for family audiences, and to encourage families to learn to look at and explore Royal portraits from our Collection in the lead up to the Diamond Jubilee and The Queen: Art & Image. We are looking forward to seeing the imaginative responses from the young artists in the portraits submitted”.
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1. CBeebies magazine is published by Immediate Media Co, under licence from BBC Worldwide. Aimed at 3-7 year olds it is a monthly title with 63,679 weekly readers (up 23.4% year-on-year) according to the last ABC circulation figures (Jan-Dec11). A mix of learning art skills and history as well as containing editorial that gives children the space to be experimentally creative. It has been Shortlisted for BSME awards 3 times (British Society of Magazine Editors)
2. National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE, opening hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: 10am – 6pm (Gallery closure commences at 5.50pm) Late Opening: Thursday, Friday: 10am – 9pm (Gallery closure commences at 8.50pm) Nearest Underground: Leicester Square/Charing Cross General information: 0207 306 0055 Recorded information: 020 7312 2463 Website/Tickets: www.npg.org.uk
The following free family events will take place at the National Portrait Gallery in conjunction with CBeebies Art magazine
Saturday 19 May 2012
10.30 or 13.30 Storytelling for Families: Royal Tales
Exploring stories of royalty followed by an art activity
No ticket required. Sessions last approximately 45 minutes. For ages 3 + and their carers. With BSL interpretation.
11.30 or 14.30 Family Art Workshops
Discover royal portraits in the Collection, followed by an art activity
Free ticket required, available one hour before the event starts on a first come, first served basis. Sessions last approximately 90 minutes. For ages 5 + and their carers.
Saturday 26 May 2012
11.00 – 16.00
Drop in art activities inspired by royal portraits.
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