UK Children Break World Record!

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We are delighted to announce that our national self portraiture project Face Britain, which invited every child across the UK to create their own self portrait, has achieved the Guinness World Records title for ‘most artists working on the same art installation’!

Many congratulations to everyone who participated in Face Britain on achieving a Guinness World Records title.

Following the projection of each child’s self portrait onto Buckingham Palace as part of a special montage image of HM The Queen, a staggering total of 201,948 portraits have been thoroughly scrutinised by Guinness World Records and verified as individual artworks.  This more than surpasses the previous record for most artists working on the same art installation, set in 2009 in Tel Aviv, which had 28,267 contributors.

Children from Lauriston Primary School, London, celebrated the Guinness World Records title with Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive of Children & the Arts, and Ross Ashton, the Buckingham Palace Projection Artist, by unveiling a giant image of the montage image which was projected onto Buckingham Palace. The official Guinness World Records certificate was presented by Damian Field from the organisation.

“This would not have been possible without the overwhelming response from children and young people in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales,” said Jeremy Newton. “Face Britain encouraged participants to explore their creativity, and to consider their own identity and place in history during the lead up to Jubilee and Olympic celebrations”.

The self portraits are still being broadcast on JCDecaux digital advertising screens throughout 2012 and will ultimately be handed over to The British Library to create a lasting legacy and vibrant snapshot of the 2012 Generation. For more about Face Britain, sponsored by B&Q, please visit the Face Britain pages on our website view the Face Britain online gallery, brought to life by PhotoBox, or watch the Buckingham Palace projection on our Youtube Channel.