Prince’s Trust art exhibition to celebrate Chelsea landmarks


Young artists will be showing off their creative talents at an exhibition held in Sloane Square this October half term.


By Annabel Grossman

Young artists will be showing off their creative talents at an exhibition held in Sloane Square this October half term.

Department store Peter Jones has invited 12 Young Ambassadors from the Prince’s Trust to capture the south west London skyline as seen from their top floor.

The young people will paint, sketch or photograph the extensive view of Chelsea at an exclusive workshop on Saturday, before the artwork goes on display from October 29th – November 4th.

“We are always looking for new ways to encourage young people to develop their skills and confidence,” said Paul Brown, Director of Communications for The Prince’s Trust.

“Through this project we want to show these young people our appreciation and help them to create beautiful work that they are proud of.”

With 2012 being a year of celebration for the capital, the project will showcase some of Chelsea’s iconic landmarks, including the Royal Hospital Chelsea and the Natural History Museum.

British artist Darren Baker, who has been helped by the Trust in the past, will mentor and share his experiences with the young artists at the workshop.

“Without the help of the Prince’s Trust I would never be where I am today,” he said.

“It’s really important to me that help is out there for disadvantaged young people who don’t have the financial or practical support to make a success of their lives.”

Since receiving support from the Trust, Darren has gone on to achieve great success with his artwork, having been named as the official artist for London 2012 and invited to do a portrait of the Queen.

He will give the Young Ambassadors expert guidance and artistic tips to help create their artwork.

“Through this workshop I hope to encourage more young people to make the most of their talents and look towards a bright future,” he added.

The 12 young artists involved have come from all walks of life but have each been helped by The Prince’s Trust to turn their lives around.

Appreciating what the charity has done for them, they now volunteer to help others through the Trust in the Young Ambassadors programme.

The exhibition will run in Peter Jones’ top floor restaurant from 9am to 7pm and will be open to shoppers and members of the public.

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