All the self portraits produced by Bancroftians as part of Face Britain were used in a very special montage portrait of HM The Queen, which was projected onto Buckingham Palace from 19 – 21 April. The response to Face Britain, the UK’s largest ever art project and part of the lead up to the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic celebrations in 2012, by schools, community groups and individuals was overwhelming. The organisers of the project said that they were amazed by the range of interpretations and the quality of self portraits uploaded to the Face Britain online gallery,
The montage portrait of HM The Queen was also simultaneously showcased on the national network of BBC Big Screens in town centres and via digital advertising screens in train stations across the UK. The entire collection of children’s self portraits will now be stored by The British Library as part of HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Collection national web archives. Bancroftians have not only played an active part in the Jubilee celebrations, but also history in the making. The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts conveyed its thanks to all those who participated in Face Britain.
(Olivia Hitching’s self portrait composed of bacon, spaghetti,
tomatoes, lemon peel and carrot)