Covent Garden Spin Paintings

Group Exhibition. Covent Garden Market, London, United Kingdom.

21 June 2012 – 2 July 2012

Photographed by John Sturrock © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

In support of one of his favourite charities, Kids Company, Hirst spent the morning of the 14th July helping children make spin paintings as part of an all day event organised by Tate Modern.

A longtime advocate of Kids Company’s use of art therapy, Hirst describes the spin paintings as a “massive explosion of energy, full of life, colour and optimism”. The 160 schoolchildren in attendance were aged between 7 and 11 and were the successful entrants into Tate Modern’s competition. A selection of their paintings are now on display in the historic covered market in Covent Garden before they are returned to the children.

The spin painting Hirst created with Batmanghelidjh will be auctioned at the charity’s Gala Dinner in October of this year.

Tate Modern are currently exhibiting some of Hirst’s spin paintings as part of their major Damien Hirst survey (until September).