On Thursday night The Prince’s Drawing Clubs opened its annual exhibition, with one piece of work by each of the children currently studying at a Drawing Club on display, making this a huge show of over 400 drawings. Our East London gallery was packed with Drawing Clubs students and their families, as well as teachers, curators, collectors, artists and local Shoreditch creatives who stopped in to find out where all the noise was coming from. Amid the buzz was a small area of hushed concentration, where dozens of children took took part in drawing a large grizzly bear (many thanks to our brave model who wore the costume for the evening!)
A parent and child explore the exhibition
The evening was officially opened by two of our current students and special guest Rachel Campbell-Johnston, author of children’s book The Child’s Elephant and art critic at The Times. She spoke about the importance of drawing for all sorts of career paths in art, design and fashion, but also the enviable free and confident nature of being a young artist, quoting Picasso: “it took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
The exhibition is a rare opportunity for these young artists to show their work in a professionally curated public exhibition at our large gallery space in the creative East End and is one of the highlights of our School calendar. It will remain on show until Wednesday 5th June (Mondays to Thursdays 9am – 9pm, Fridays 9am – 8.30pm and Saturdays 1pm – 4pm) at 19-22 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3SG.
A busy crowd gathers to hear the speakers
For many of our young artists, it was their first experience of having a drawing framed and exhibited in a public gallery
The Prince’s Drawing Clubs is a unique outreach programme providing free, serious, sustained mentoring and tuition in drawing for state-educated children aged10-18. The Clubs were set up by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007 to address an area of previously unmet need. There are now 18 Clubs across London and one in Glasgow. For more information about The Prince’s Drawing Clubs click here