Duchess of Cambridge Opens School Art Room Monday 23 February 2015 PDF Print A lot of the benefit of art is doing it, interacting with who you are Art is a language that gets to places that other things don't The future Queen of Britain went with artist Grayson Perry to Barlby Primary School, Ladbroke Grove to open a new art section in January. Perry spoke about the importance of creativity for children and their lives. A spokesperson for Graphics Direct, suppliers of artistic materials, responded to the royal visit. Kate Middleton, while six months pregnant, was pictured alongside the Turner prize winner as they both opened a new art room in Kensington and Chelsea. The Clore Art Room has been created in order to boost children’s self-esteem, confidence and independence through creative activities. Following the royal visit, Perry launched a staunch defence of art’s importance and how it should be viewed as a life skill rather than seen as just another industry. He said: "A lot of the benefit of art is doing it, interacting with who you are Art is a language that gets to places that other things don't. “Often people regard art as an add on - the recent education secretary, no names, Michael Gove. Art is something you elbow off the curriculum, it's not important. It's a huge part of Britain plc, an essential part of life, you shouldn't think it's something for posh people.” Kate Middleton was also present during a round-table discussion about the importance of art for children; in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds or youngsters with learning difficulties. She met the children and interacted with them while they worked. A spokesperson for Graphics Direct, UK suppliers of graphics equipment, welcomed the Duchess’ visit and the amount of publicity the new art room received. They said: “It is fantastic to see the future Queen take such an interest in these children and the new art room in West London. We completely agree with Mr Perry about the significance of this facility. “Some government ministers may dismiss art as a subject, but it’s a much greater skill then many give it credit for. The ability to be creative and think outside the box has almost limitless advantages for those presenting ideas in a boardroom or for adults with more practical jobs in the creative sector.” With over 20 years’ experience in the graphics industry, Graphics Direct is a leading online shop where you can find Graphics Equipment online. They are a leading UK provider of Studio Spraybooths, drawing boards, foam board, airbrush and drawing equipment and have recently become a Xyron Pro approved supplier. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Graphics Direct in the following categories: Entertainment & Arts, Leisure & Hobbies, Education & Human Resources, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.