In Your Face

The face of Britain as seen through the eyes of its children might well be a sunny and optimistic one.

Face Britain is looking to find the faces of five million young Britons as self portraits in what proposes to be  ‘The UK’s largest ever art project’ according to organizers, The Prince’s Foundation for Children & The Arts.

Face Britain Youth Forum Marcia Chandra and Children the Arts
Face Britain Youth Forum © Marcia Chandra and Children and the Arts

A Guinness World Records attempt, it will be officially launched on 14 September after an online gallery gathers submissions between September 2011 and March 2012.

‘Portraits at all levels of skill and in any medium are acceptable,’ say organizers, so if your kid’s going to knock up a pre-Raphaelite inspired oil or Cubism inspired sculpture in steel and wrought iron, don’t hold them back.

Portrait by Harriet aged 8 Devon Children the Arts
Portrait by Harriet aged 8 Devon © Children and the Arts

Portrait by Harvey aged 10 Warwickshire Children the Arts
Portrait by Harvey aged 10 Warwickshire © Children and the Arts

Drawings, textiles, 3D, paintings, graphics and photography are all encouraged, the organizers add.  

Among the expected five million children’s entries there will be efforts from across the gamut of celebrity, including Sir Stirling Moss, Derren Brown, Fearne Cotton, Bryan Ferry, Sir Geoff Hurst, and thankfully illustrators Quentin Blake and Gerald Scarfe.

Portrait Children the Arts
Portrait © Children and the Arts

Visit www.facebritain.org.uk for further details on how to register.

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  • Maria Lima November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Very interesting project, something that could and hopefully will be applied in other countries as form of inspiration for childrens and adults.

    Loved it:)

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