The Gallery has been working in partnership with London hospital schools for over ten years, ensuring that young people in clinical settings have access to the Gallery's Collection through creative art workshops. Over 13,000 young people and their families have participated in the programme.
My Superheroes is a two year (2011-13) project with the Gallery working in partnership with Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Evelina Children’s Hospital School and Vital Arts, and the Royal London Children’s Hospital. Artist-led creative workshops during school holidays offer the young people and their families an opportunity to engage with the inspirational people in the Gallery's Collection.
The creative responses of the young people to portraits and the stories of people including Ernest Shackleton, Emmeline Pankhurst and Walter Ralegh provided inspiration for the illustrator Marion Deuchars. As illustrator in residence, she created the My Superheroes activity book so that every young person can explore the Gallery's Collection and engage in fun, creative art activities when the Gallery is not on-site.
The My Superheroes activity book was launched on 5 December 2012 at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital School.
My Superheroes was made possible with funding from the 29th May1961 Charitable Trust, CHK Charities Limited, PF Charitable Trust and the Gallery’s own superhero staff who ran the 2012 London Marathon to help raise funds.
Download My Superheroes activity book
London Hospital Schools Programme
The Gallery also delivers free outreach sessions during the academic year to London hospital schools. http://www.npg.org.uk/learning/outreach/young-peoples-groups.php
Working with Hospital Schools: A Practical Toolkit offer a framework for museums, galleries and hospital schools to developing creative arts partnership programmes. It was developed in 2008 after a one-year creative project working in partnership with Evelina Children’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital School, St Mary’s Hospital School and University College London Hospital School. The project responded to the Gallery's Pop Art Portraits exhibition with the young people working together with artists and animators to create and animate their own pop-art portraits. This toolkit, evalutes the project approach and offers advice, notes and activities.
Download Working with Hospital Schools: A Practical Toolkit
Watch a short animated film showcasing the pop-art portraits created by the young people
The project was supported by the Lehman Brothers Foundation Europe and Arts & Business.