On June 14th UK schoolchildren will have the opportunity to make their own Damien Hirst style spin paintings

The spin painting event will be held in London’s Covent Garden piazza and involves the charity Kids Company.

‘Beautiful, pop, spinning ice creamy, whirling, expanding painting’. Photographed by Stephen White © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012.

10 June 2012

“Spin paintings are a massive explosion of energy, full of life, colour and optimism, and all children are artists so it's great to be getting all these kids together in Covent Garden to make them. Kids Company are involved and I've been a huge fan and supporter of them for 5 years because of the importance and positivity that they place on the art therapy work they do with so many of the children.” – Damien Hirst

Hirst will make a morning appearance to create his own spin painting with Camila Batmanghelidjh, director of the Kids Company charity. Many of the paintings will remain on display at Covent Garden until 28 June.

Hirst's first interest in spin art arose as a child after seeing the paintings made at school fêtes. Since the early 1990s, he has continued to work on the series which he describes as “childish in the positive sense of the word”. A selection of his spins, including a series which rotate mechanically on the wall, can currently be seen at Tate Modern as part of their ‘Damien Hirst’ survey.

To find out more about the spin paintings, please click here.