Art by Ugandan children who held paintbrush for first time go on show at Hampstead art school

artBeez founder Monica Martini and Hampstead School of Art principal Isabel Langtry view works Pictu

artBeez founder Monica Martini and Hampstead School of Art principal Isabel Langtry view works Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

A Hampstead art school hosted a show of brightly-coloured artworks by Ugandan children who had never even see a paintbrush before.

Hampstead School of Art in Kidderpore Avenue held an exhibition of paintings by disadvantaged children on the walls of a new gallery space.

The works were created by youngsters taking part in an art project run by Hampstead-based social enterprise Artbeez, which helps underprivileged children across the globe to learn about, make and sell art.

The show has so far raised about £6,000 from sales for a new art centre for the children, some of whom did not know what paint was until they took part in the project. School principal Isabel Langtry said: “We have a range of paintings, which are an expression of their everyday lives, so we have a lot of gorillas because they are from a part of Uganda where [the 1988 film] Gorillas in the Mist was filmed.

“The children had a great time exploring ideas about where they live.”

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