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Waterloo children’s art exhibited at Old Vic

15 pupils from Waterloo's Johanna Primary School visited the Old Vic earlier this month to see artwork they had created on display in the theatre foyer.

Work by Johanna pupil

The children from Johanna Primary School were invited by the Lower Marsh-based Children's Country Holidays Fund (CCHF) to contribute a painting or drawing on the theme of 'Holidays' or 'The Theatre'. CCHF works throughout the year to send disadvantaged London children on breaks in the countryside that they would not otherwise have.

In total 60 children took part in the art project. Many of the children were inspired by their holiday with CCHF last summer to produce some stunning pieces, including caravans outlined with glitter and colourful depictions of animals at the zoo. Some of the children went on visits to the theatre and used this experience as inspiration for their artwork.

The children had the chance to look at their exhibition and then have their faces vividly painted as butterflies and a whole array of animals. They were entertained by a magician before taking part in a lively drama workshop on the theme of holidays.

The afternoon culminated with a presentation of certificates for each child, with special certificates and prizes for the winners donated by Haven Holidays.

Since its foundation in 1884, CCHF has organised holidays for nearly 2 million London children. In 2005 a total of 1,200 children enjoyed a holiday with CCHF.

The magician, face painter, workshop leader and use of the upper two Old Vic bars for the exhibition and the workshop were donated by the theatre.

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