Schoolchildren make spin paintings with Damien Hirst in Covent Garden Piazza

Over 150 children from around the UK were given the unique opportunity to make spin paintings in the style of Hirst’s own iconic series, with the help of the artist and Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh.

Photographed by Yuki Shima © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

14 June 2012

In support of one of his favourite charities, Kids Company, Hirst spent the morning 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 will go on temporary exhibition in the historic covered market in Covent Garden as of next Tuesday June nineteenth, before they are returned to the children.

A spin painting Hirst created this morning with Kids Company founder Camila 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).

Watch Hirst making spin paintings with Kids Company

This film was made by Nathalie Murphy who herself received invaluable support from Kids Company in her youth. With the charity's guidance and encouragement, Nathalie completed a degree in theatre and performance studies and is now in the process of establishing herself as a talented film maker. She is currently working with Kids Company in making fundraising films with the support of producer and musician, Will Cattermole.

© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, 2014

Duration: 02:08