Innovation and Inspiration for 9 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.

Over the academic year 2015/16 Children & the Arts plans to work with 4 art galleries and 16 primary schools across the UK to introduce 500 children aged 9 – 11 to their local gallery. This year Great Art Quest will be transforming children’s lives in partnership with Ben Uri Gallery, Reading MuseumRussell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum and Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum.

This is GAMs eighth (of nine) year as sponsor of Great Art Quest. At the end of the 2014/15 academic year, the project had engaged with approximately 5,559 children.

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.