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What Is Face Britain?

Make Your Face Famous!

The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts believes that everyone should have the opportunity to be inspired by the arts from an early age.  With this in mind, Children & the Arts created Face Britain, a groundbreaking collaborative national art project to inspire and engage young people across the UK.

From 14 September 2011 to 31 March 2012, Children & the Arts invited every child and young person aged 4-16 years to create a self portrait in any style and upload it to the Face Britain online gallery brought to life by PhotoBox. Face Britain was not a competition and was open to all young people regardless of circumstance or level of artistic skill.

In celebration of Face Britain, Children & the Arts projected a very special image onto Buckingham Palace from 19th – 21st April.  Over 200,000 children’s self portraits were used in the projection to create a very special portrait of HM The Queen.


Even though the project has now ended, a range of resources are available for teachers to use across the curriculum.  These include a Face Britain Assembly Pack for both primary and secondary schools produced by BBC World Class 2012. These resources will be available for teachers of pupils of all ages for years to come as a legacy of Face Britain.

Face Britain was developed in the spirit of celebration during the lead up to HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. Face Britain was developed by The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts with the active support of HRH The Prince of Wales, President.


The Prince of Wales.  

For Teachers

For Parents and Guardians

For Young People 

Photographs above: Dave at Iniva Gallery  

Getting Involved

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Find out more about Face Britain and self portraits, whether you are a teacher, parent or young person.

How to Register

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Please note Face Britain is now closed to new entries.

Who Can Take Part?

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Everyone in the UK aged 4-16 years was invited to create a self-portrait to reflect the face of the nation's young people and celebreate their future in the Diamond Jubilee year.
© 2011 Face Britain
Registered UK Charity No. 1103747
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