News | Published: Mon 16 Jun 2008

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'Art in Action'

How many boxes are there in The Fitzwilliam Museum? Is the Museum a box? What do you use boxes for - keeping things safe, hiding treasure or marking a moment?

Children from six schools around Cambridgeshire explored these ideas when they visited the museum recently as part of The Fitzwilliam Museum’s ‘Art in Action’ project. The project, now in its second year, enables the Museum to work with those schools who had not visited the Museum before.

Teachers and pupils have enjoyed discovering the museum together:

"I like learning lots of amazing things and seeing all the things you found" (A pupil)

"I liked it when we all worked together and read the story"[from the painting] (A pupil)

"I felt so good. It was very very better than I expected, so WOW!!" (A pupil)

"Days like this are very important for our children [...]this gives them an introduction to a new world, and a chance for their imagination to be fuelled." (A teacher)

Many of the children have continued the work started in The Fitzwilliam Museum back at school - writing stories about boxes, making and decorating treasure and story boxes, creating dioramas and producing films and comics based on their visits.

Art in Action is funded by the Prince of Wales Foundation for Children and the Arts, with additional funding from Renaissance East of England and Barclays Bank plc.


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