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Children of The Art Room meeting HRH The Duchess of Cambridg

Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge attends 'A Celebration of The Art Room' at the National Portrait Gallery where we announce two new Art Rooms

On Wednesday 24th April at the National Portrait Gallery, The Art Room hosted a hugely successful evening for 300 friends and supporters and the Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. The evening was a celebration of the 11th anniversary of The Art Room and a chance to show our supporters how we have grown and continue to grow into a National charity helping many more children at a time they most need it.

During the evening, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge met nine of our children from both London and Oxford and had a chance to speak to some of our most loyal supporters. Her speech brought to life her passion for The Art Room “As Patron of the Art Room I feel immense pride to see the amazing work they are doing but I also feel hugely excited to look forward to a future with more Art Rooms where many more challenging and vulnerable children will be helped.

The evening marked the launch of the Pledge for the Future campaign by Patron Jon Snow. The Pledge for the Future is a hugely important individual giving campaign initiated to help us continue to run our six existing art rooms and build on our foundations for growth. Together with Jon Snow, The Art Room invites supporters to support us at four levels to become Pink, Bronze, Silver or Gold Donors. Your support will enable The Art Room to offer art as therapy and provide materials and support for the 1,000 children we currently see each year.

During the evening we also offered our supporters an opportunity to bid in a silent auction for the fabulous art works so generously donated by renowned artists Maggi Hambling, Angela Palmer, Marc Quinn, Dame Paula Rego and Yinka Shonibare MBE, as well as the chance to buy a limited edition print kindly created exclusively for The Art Room by Jenny Saville, Patron. To bid online for the art works please go to www.theartroomonlineauction.org

We are delighted to officially announce that by September 2013, children and young people from Ealing Borough, London will be able to benefit from The Art Room methodology as the seventh Art Room will be opened at Northolt High School. This has been made possible by the generous donation from the ICAP Charity Day which took place in December 2012. ICAP’s donation has been allocated to fund the set-up, running costs, materials, training and equipment. The Art Room is delighted to be working with Northolt High School, Ealing, which will dedicate a space to the Art Room and welcome children from both their school and the wider borough. Each week up to 60 students from Ealing will benefit from a session in the ICAP Art Room.

“I am absolutely delighted that Northolt High School will be working in partnership with The Art Room and also that the school will be the first ICAP sponsored resource. We are very much looking forward to having an 'Art Room ' at Northolt High School as we believe that it will be a wonderful facility that will provide an enabling experience for our students and those in the wider school community. We are confident that the 'Art Room' will help us to better meet the various learning, social and emotional needs that exist amongst the student group.” Gloria Lowe, Headteacher, Northolt High School, Ealing.

The second new Art Room was announced for Wester Hailes Education Centre will open an Art Room for Edinburgh in late 2013. Working in collaboration with Maxine Sloss and a group of dedicated Edinburgh based Art Room Angels, Sheila Patron, Principal of Wester Hailes Education Centre will front the campaign and work with The Art Room’s main office in Oxford to follow their highly successful formula. Local Edinburgh based practitioners will attend Art Room Practitioner training later in the year.

“Our School motto is 'Together we will succeed' and working with The Art Room encapsulates our vision. We welcome the opportunity that the Art Room will bring us to support young people in our Community. Although in the first instance this will be for young people in the Wester Hailes Community, our vision is that The Art Room will develop as an outreach Centre, where young people across the City who are at risk of disengaging from Education can access nurture and support.” Sheila Paton, Principal of Wester Hailes Education Centre.

The Art Room would like to thank everyone who made the evening such a success. To begin with we would like to thank all those who attended and for those who have joined our Pledge for the Future. The evening was made possible by our kind sponsors: Event sponsors

Design sponsors: Franks and Franks
Champagne sponsors: benugo restaurants