Illustration and Innovation for 7 to 11 year olds

Each year Great Art Quest, sponsored by GAM, introduces children from at least 16 primary schools in the UK to the visual arts by partnering them with local galleries, professional artists and storytellers.

For many of the children taking part in Great Art Quest this will be their first experience of visual arts in a professional gallery setting.  Following visits to their local gallery and workshops with artists and storytellers, Great Art Quest culminates in a perhaps once in a lifetime opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional gallery.

In 2012/13, Great Art Quest will be transforming children’s lives in partnership with Cartwright Hall, Dumfries House, Hepworth Wakefield, South London Gallery, and The Queen’s Gallery at The Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Take a look at some of the Great Art Quest image galleries:

This is GAM’s fifth year as sponsor of Great Art Quest. Over the past four years over 2,000 children have been introduced to visual art and their local art gallery, many for the first time.  Great Art Quest 2012/13 is introducing 600 children from 19 schools to their local gallery.  The participating children’s exhibitions are beginning in February 2013, with the final exhibition at Dumfries House taking place this Summer.

An appreciation of the visual arts is not innate, it is acquired. Exposure is the first step towards its appreciation.  Great Art Quest is that first step for many of its participants. (Andy Hanges, CEO, GAM (UK) Ltd)

Read our Great Art Quest 2011/12 case study, including a visit to the Great Art Quest exhibition by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge.

Download the Great Art Quest teaching materials, or buy a copy from our shop.