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The Couper Collection Diamond Jubilee First Art Project, with Christ Church School Chelsea

Also on Jubilee Pageant Day, 3 June 2012, the Duke of York and Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, visited Christ Church School Chelsea and viewed the Couper Collection Diamond Jubilee Art Project - of paintings made in celebration of the Jubilee, by Year 5 children.

View of the Royal party outside Christ Church School Chelsea.

Abstract Farmer
by Leilana Bellieni (born 1992)
Acrylic, fabric and mixed media on canvas. Part of the Couper Collection.

Museum of First Art
The Museum of First Art exhibits work by young London artists up to the age of 18.

This began as an educational Focus event of The London String of Pearls Jubilee Festival in two parts, entitled Archetypes and Local Heroes, by the Couper Collection and the National Portrait Gallery — funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, London Arts and the Corporation of London.

The Couper Collection project initially involved 5 schools of the London Boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea, Wandsworth and Southwark, and a total of 111 children.

  • John Burns Primary, Battersea
  • Fox Primary, Notting Hill
  • Oxford Gdns Primary, N Kensington
  • Burntwood Secondary, Tooting
  • St Saviour & St Olave's Secondary, Elephant & Castle

9Orange 2002 by Shontice Morris (born 1988).
Acrylic paint and montage. Part of the Couper Collection.

"The aim was to create a collaboration between ourselves and children of different ages and cultural backgrounds that would broaden their understanding of society at large, and extend their creative and expressive skills.

The inspiration for the project was our Shrinking Beach portrait event of 2000, which was a meeting of various archetypes and figureheads of society on Chelsea Beach.

We asked the young artists to think about contemporary society. They considered figureheads and how they interact with one another and represent various institutions and fields of activity of our society.

The project exceeded our expectations, and by accident created a broader sociological and artistic metaphor of society, from the perspective of it's younger part.

The artistic level stands alone as pure expression of great merit, which led the trust to incorporate the work into a permanent museum of first art. It has also created the basis for future additions and projects of a similar nature."

Max Couper, 18 December, 2002

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