Face Britain is the UK’s largest ever mass collaborative art project. Designed by Children & the Arts, Face Britain celebrated the nation’s children and young people during the lead up to HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Face Britain was developed to give all children and young people aged 4-16 years throughout the UK the opportunity to create self portraits encouraging them to explore their creativity and to consider their own identity and place in history as part of the 2012 generation.
Portraits at all levels of skill, and in any medium have been uploaded to the Face Britain online gallery, including drawing, textiles, 3D, painting, graphics, and photography. Over 200,000 self portraits were uploaded to the gallery by young people from across the UK.
Buckingham Palace Projection
Between September 2011 and March 2012, thousands of young people’s self portraits were uploaded to the Face Britain online gallery, brought to life by PhotoBox. Every portrait was used to form part of a very special montage image of HM The Queen, and then projected onto the front of Buckingham Palace to herald the start of the Jubilee and Olympic celebrations from 19th – 21st April.
The montage image continues to be shown on over 400 JCDecaux digital advertising screens in city centres, shopping centres and train stations across the UK, and on the national network of BBC Big Screens/Olympic Live Sites.
Take a look at the launch night of the Buckingham Palace projection:
Celebrity Portrait Auction
Portraits from famous artists and celebrities were auctioned online and at Christie’s to support the work that Children & the Arts does with disadvantaged children.
In total, over £128,000 was raised by the two auctions. You can view all the auctioned self portraits in our online gallery.
To find out about the project more please visit the Face Britain website.