Great art in the classroom

More than 70,000 schoolchildren from 125 schools are to get world class works of art in their classrooms as part of the largest ever sculpture project undertaken in Britain.

Art UK is digitising around 170,000 sculptures, which will then be displayed on the free-to-access website, the first database of its kind in the world.

Masterpieces in Schools is taking place between now and May 2020, with sculpture taken out of museums and into classrooms to engage children with masterpieces of art and encourage teachers to use sculpture to inspire their teaching.

The first loan took place this week to Pinders Primary School in Wakefield with the visit of former RA President Phillip King’s 1965 sculpture Point X, pictured here (copyright Art UK and Arts Council Collection), from the Arts Council Collection Sculpture Centre at Longside, within the grounds of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  


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