Damien Hirst Beautiful, childish, expressive, tasteless 1996
Damien Hirst
Beautiful, childish, expressive, tasteless, not art, over simplistic, throw away, kid’s stuff, lacking integrity, rotating, nothing but visual candy, celebrating, sensational, inarguably beautiful painting (for over the sofa) 1996
Household gloss on canvas and electric motor

Join us at London’s Covent Garden Piazza to see children from UK schools make their own spin paintings in the style of Damien Hirst, alongside children from the charity Kids Company. Hirst will make a morning appearance to create his own spin painting with Camila Batmanghelidjh, director of Kids Company. Many of the paintings are remaining on display at Covent Garden from 19 June to 2 July.

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’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 be seen at his major exhibition currently on show at Tate Modern.

Would your children like a chance to make their own spin painting too? Come to the Piazza at Covent Garden at 13.00 on 14 June for your chance to get one of only 48 places to make a spin painting that afternoon. Children must be aged 7–11 and accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Unfortunately Damien Hirst will not be present in the afternoon, but the spin paintings will be created with his expert team from Science Ltd.

This event is related to the exhibition Damien Hirst