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The big picture: art projects for children in care

An international conference to disseminate information from Line of Vision and look at the wider implications of gallery outreach work takes place at the National Gallery on Wednesday March 24.

Arts minister Estelle Morris - who has shown interest in the project and seen a copy of the Talking Points' video of young people in consultation with gallery staff - will join the discussion panel. The conference will also consider how the project can be taken forward with the further three years' funding it has from the John Lyon's charity, which the gallery hopes can be matched. For details, email: elizabeth. gilmore@ng-london.org.uk.

The gallery hopes the conference will be pivotal to mapping other work with looked-after children.

Other work includes projects at the New Art Gallery, Walsall, as well as the National Children's Homes (NCH) Life Matters arts initiative (supported by business advisers Ernst amp; Young), 21 of whose 76 projects involve working with looked-after children and young people. Art workshops, education sessions and gallery tours link in with a major exhibition (in 2003, the Art Deco exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum) and young people's work is displayed. An exhibition of Life Matters work from the past three years can be seen at the Turner exhibition, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, until February 8. See: www.nch.org.uklifematters.

NCH is building on Life Matters by joining the Vamp;A as partners in Image and Identity, a new programme funded by the DCMS and DfES. The charity will work with three of the Vamp;A's regional museum partners: Royal Pavilion, Libraries amp; Museums, Brighton and Hove; Manchester City Galleries and the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston. Birmingham Museums amp; Art Gallery and Sheffield Galleries amp; Museums Trust are the other Vamp;A partners. The exhibition of work produced will be launched at a Young People's Conference at the Vamp;A in March.

www.vam.ac.uk

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