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Inspiring Migrant Children to Create Art with Cai Guo-Qiang

October 2014 │ China

On October 19, Deutsche Bank volunteers and migrant children from Pudong, Shanghai enjoyed creating artworks inspired by the work of famous Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang.

Chaperoned by 11 volunteers from Deutsche Bank, 20 students from Shanghai Pudong Limin Primary School, a Right To Play affiliated school for migrant children, visited Cai Guo-Qiang’s solo exhibition of at Shanghai Power Station of Arts (PSA). After touring the exhibition, the young visitors also took part in Cai Guo-Qiang’s interactive art workshop for children -- Boy Cai. In the workshop, they recreated Cai’s artwork The Ninth Wave by sketching their favorite animals from the artwork, dressing them up in bright colours and then sticking the paper cut-out animals to a paper boat. Together with the volunteers, the students displayed their final artworks in a gallery space at PSA.

“I wish someday I can hold a solo exhibition like Mr. Cai,” said a fourth grade student from Limin Primary School, who loves painting and dreams of being an artist in the future.

“I am honoured to be a Deutsche Bank volunteer and to accompany these lovely kids visiting the amazing exhibition,” said Cheryl Zhou, a Deutsche Bank volunteer. “To my surprise, when the fresh and colourful animal passengers boarded the paper boat, it looked like the boat was well prepared for a brand new voyage. The children were painting their beautiful minds. Believe this is the charm of art!”

The volunteers and the students also created spectacular virtual gunpowder drawings and watched a short animated film about the art and adventures of Cai.

Mr. Cai Guo-Qiang applauded the children for their artwork. Mr. Cai has long been an avid advocate for inspiring children to join the world of art.

“Our students rarely have access to art events, especially innovative art education like this workshop,” said Li Yang, a programme officer from Right To Play. “The workshop motivated our kids to learn and love arts. We really appreciate Deutsche Bank for providing this opportunity.”

Deutsche Bank is a sponsor of Cai Guo-Qiang’s recent solo exhibition The Ninth Wave at PSA. Cai is a world-class artist celebrated for his ability with multimedia. One of his is best-known projects is the firework display he created for the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. His work has been exhibited at some of the world’s most prestigious art institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Deutsche Bank’s partnership with Right To Play, a non-profit operating in China focusing on youth empowerment, started in 2012. The Bank is currently funding a Right To Play project, which provided leadership training for more than 500 migrant youths by 2013.

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