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The Art Room's Board of Trustee Announce Juli Beattie, Founder Director is stepping down at the end of 2016
The Art Room Board of Trustees wish to announce that, after 15 years of inspirational leadership, Juli Beattie OBE will be stepping down from her position as Founder Director of The Art Room at the end of the year. Read more here.
The Art Room’s Board of Trustees are delighted to announce the appointment of Lisa Harker for the newly created role of Chief Executive Officer. Read more here.
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge Visits The Art Room at Wester Hailes Education Centre, 24 February 2016
On 24th February, The Art Room was honoured to welcome our Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, also known as The Countess of Strathearn, to our studio at Wester Hailes Education Centre (WHEC), Edinburgh. During her visit, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge met Art Room students, Art Room practitioners, friends and supporters of The Art Room and members of the school and wider community. It was a very special day for The Art Room and our students and partners at WHEC. Read more here.
Juli Beattie, Founder Director of The Art Room Receives OBE in New Years Honour List, 2016
The Art Room is delighted to announce that Juli Beattie Founder Director has been honoured in the New Years Honours list 2016. In recognition of the last 14 years working with the charity, Juli has been granted an OBE. Read the full press release here.
Annual Report 2013-2014
Please follow this link to our latest Annual Report PDF (3mb). We hope you enjoy reading it and that it gives you an update of everything that we have achieved in the last 18 months.
Early on Saturday 2 May one brave runner will set out on an astonishing feat of endurance to raise money for The Art Room. The Isle of Wight Challenge will take Piers Scrimshaw-Wright on a full loop around the island – that’s 106km of coastal paths. This incredible journey takes in some stunning views, as well, no doubt, as some mental as well as physical highs and lows! Read more about supporting Piers here.
The Art Room has 5 runners in the 2015 London marathon on 26th April. Please show your support for our fantastic runners who are fundraising for The Art Room. You can read more about supporting our runners here.
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge names the Clore Art Room with Grayson Perry, Thursday 15 January
Together with Grayson Perry, our Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge officially named the ninth Art Room on Thursday 15th January. The visit celebrated the culmination of a four-way partnership between the Clore Duffield Foundation, Barlby School, Oxford Garden School and The Art Room. You can read more about the event here.
The Art Room celebrated the opening of the 9th Art Room studio at Barlby Primary School on Wednesday 1st October with a special reception for supporters including the charity’s Patron, Grayson Perry and Dame Vivien Duffield. You can read more about the event here.
The Art Room has 5 runners in the 2014 London marathon on 13th April. Please show your support for our fantastic runners who are fundraising for The Art Room. You can read more about supporting our runners here.
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge officially opened The ICAP Art Room at Northolt High School on Friday 14 February during a morning visit. You can read more about the event here.
Grayson Perry outlines his support of The Art Room in his 4th and last Reith Lecture - 5 November 2013
As part of his Reith Lectures, Playing to the Gallery, Grayson Perry’s final lecture on Tuesday 5th November looked back at his journey from the unconscious child playing with paint, to the award-winning successful artist of today. You can read more about the event here.
To mark its 11th anniversary The Art Room hosted a reception at the National Portrait Gallery on 24th April 2013 in the presence of our Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. You can read more about the event here.
The Art Room has 5 runners in the 2013 London marathon on 21st April. Please show your support for our fantastic runners. You can donate here.
The Art Room is proud to be a beneficiary of ICAP's 20th Charity Day
ICAP Charity Day 2012 was held on Wednesday 5th December and raised £11 million worldwide, supporting 200 charities. This brings the total amount raised through ICAP Charity day, which started in 1993, to more than £100 million.
On Tuesday, 5th February, our patron of The Art Room Jenny Saville joined representatives from The Art Room at an event at 10 Downing Street for the 20th ICAP Charity Day Cheque Reception hosted by Samantha Cameron. Also attending the event was ICAP CEO Michael Spencer, other charities and supporters, along with the ICAP Charity Day team. It was a wonderful occasion to mark 20 years of ICAP Charity Day.
An evening of music and words on Wednesday 30 January 2013. Scripted by Lucy Parham, with narration from Juliet Stephenson and Alex Jennings. You can read more about the event here.
Annual Report 2011-2012
Please follow this link to our latest Annual Report. We hope you enjoy reading it and that it gives you an update of everything that we have achieved in the last 18 months. It's available online as a downloadable PDF (approx 1.5MB). You'll need Adobe's free Adobe Reader or similar software to read this PDF file.
We have been extremely fortunate to be given five places in the London Marathon 2012 in April this year. As a result of The Duchess of Cambridge’s patronage we are now members of the Princes' Charities Forum and we have five runners who all ran heroically for us. You can read more about their run here.
The Art Room, at Oxford Spires Academy, was transformed into a gallery for the night as the work of students from across Oxford went on display. Exhibits by students from eight Oxford schools went on show to parents, carers, teachers, governors and supporters including The Art Room patron children's illustrator Korky Paul.
For the 2012 Award, winner Alison Berrett, worked with writer Kate Clanchy on a book of work with Art Room pupils aged between 11 and 13 from Oxford Spires School. You can read more about the book here.
The Duchess has visited two Art Rooms, in Oxford dividing her time between the Art Room based at Rose Hill Primary School and Oxford Spires Academy. You can read more about her visit here.
We are delighted to announce that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge became Royal Patron of The Art Room on 5 January 2012.
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Photo: Chris Jackson at Getty
The Art Room is pleased to be hosting the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) from 2010 – 2013.
The Art Room on Facebook and Twitter
The Art Room has launched its own Facebook and Twitter pages – you can expect regular updates on what we are up to. We will be posting links, photos and videos of our projects as well as news updates. We also will put on photos of the children’s work from across our five Art Rooms. We hope you will follow our progress and look forward to any comments.
You can follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/TheArtRoomUK
And on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Art-Room/159548410756084
On 9 November 2011, the Art Room auctioned works by some of the most prominent artists in Britain today. Read more about one of the best and most exciting fundraising events we have ever held.
Founder Director Juli Beattie, Bel Crewe and Lara Cramsie attended the Casa de Praia Special School symposium in Lisbon. Juli, one of the key speakers, spoke at the conference about The Art Room methodology and its results. A Portuguese intern is currently working with The Art Room in Oxford with a view of starting an Art Room in Lisbon.
Bach Choral Workshop
A very successful one-day choral workshop on the Bach B minor Mass with conductor Robert Dean took place on October 1st 2011 with a full choir of 100 singers in St Margaret's Institute, Oxford. The event was organised by Leo Pitt and raised a fantastic £833 for The Art Room. We are extremely grateful to Leo and Annette Mayer, Jane Martineau and Barbara Coyne as well as all the other volunteers who helped to make the day such a success.
Outset Contemporary Art Fund
We are delighted to be one of the projects that the Outset Family programme is supporting.
The Art Room exhibited at The Dorchester Festival
Work produced by the students at The Art Room were exhibited at The Dorchester Festival in May 2011. Students at the Art Rooms decorated clocks and chairs as part of their literacy programme. They produced extraordinary puppets to be used for a puppet theatre that had been transformed from an old church harmonium. Students were thrilled to see their work displayed in Dorchester Abbey; it was a wonderful way to celebrate their success!
The Art Room shop is now online!
Please look at our Art Room products – all profits are re-invested into the charity. For example, selling one tea towel will buy us 15 coloured pencils or an Art Room Book will buy us 10 packets of stick-on googley eyes for an Art Room.
Please join our growing list of supporters - click here.
Annual report from Rose Hill Primary School
Rose Hill Primary School has been open since 2009. During this time we have been lucky enough to work with groups throughout the school, from year 1 to year 6. Each term we work with approximately 70 children.
New satellite Art Room opens in Islington
The Art Room at Robert Blair School was officially launched by Councillor Belford, Islington Council's executive member for children and young people, and the children’s illustrator Korky Paul, at a packed reception in September 2009.
Our first Symposium was held at St Hugh’s College, Oxford 21 October 2008, attended by 130 professionals who work with challenging and vulnerable children and young people.
Blake Lapthorn successfully completes charity challenge
Blake Lapthorn has raised in total throughout the five Legs of the campaign in excess of £8,500 for its four chosen charities of 2008, which include The Art Room.
The Art Room Symposium held at the magnificent new NESTA building was a great success attended by 80 professionals – including teachers, therapists, social workers, youth offending officers, mentors, artists and academics – who had an interest in the work of The Art Room.