Manor Park pupils smash Guinness World Art Record

Manor Park pupils broke a world record when they took part in the UK’s largest art project ever for the Jubilee.

Kensington Primary School, in Kensington Avenue, were amongst 201,948 children and teenagers in schools across the country who helped break the Guinness World Record for ‘Most artists working on the same art installation’.

The project, called Face Britain, required the pupils to create self portraits and upload them to an online gallery, realised by Photobox.

The portraits were combined to form an image of HM The Queen that was projected on to Buckingham Palace for three nights April to coincide with Her Majesty’s birthday.

The children’s artwork will form a collection that will be preserved in history in The British Library.

Keti Cross, art coordinator at Kensington Primary, said: “It’s been wonderful to be involved in the UK’s largest ever art project and great to know that the portraits will become part of history.

“It’s so exciting to learn that our pupils have become Record Breakers as well.”

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Sponsored by B&Q, the drawings made by four to 16 year olds will be shown until the end of 2012 on a national network of BBC Big Screens/Olympic Live Sites and across 200 JCDecaux’s digital advertising screens at train stations and shopping centres.

Jeremy Newton, chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, said: “We are delighted that Face Britain has been confirmed as an official Guinness World Records Title.

“This would not have been possible without the overwhelming reponse from children and young people in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

“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 previous Guninness World Record for ‘Most artists working on the same art installation’ was set in Tel Aviv in 2009 with 28,267 to create an artwork of the Israeli flag out of fingerprints.