Nintendo kick off ‘Create Britain’ tour in style

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Nintendo kicked off their ‘Create Britain’ tour in London today, as it soon begins to travel across the United Kingdom. Inviting budding artists to sample Nintendo DS title, Art Academy, the tour will actively promote interest in arts.

Research revealed that 66% of Brits haven’t visited an art gallery or exhibition within the last 12 months, whereas 40% find creating pieces of art intimidating because of concerns about their ability. The ‘Create Britain’ tour aims to change all that!

Today, along the Queens Walk outside County Hall on the Southbank, we were invited to recreate Canaletto’s iconic Westminster Bridge painting by using the software – under the expert guidance of renowned contemporary London artist Pam Glew and her team of helpers.

It was an incredibly enjoyable event, although I don’t think that my artistic will fetch millions. Ashley Jones from fellow Nintendo website N-Europe drew a masterful interpretation, which Pam seemed far more impressed with!

Having completed our slot, children from St. Clemence Danes Primary School were then guided through their own session, all whilst the sun beamed down over the River Thames.

“Art Academy on Nintendo DS is a great way to open up art to all ages and abilities,” Pam Glew commented. “It’s important that people don’t see art as intimidating and that we get more people drawing. Art Academy is a great way to start, I found it very addictive. Having created pictures with Art Academy on Nintendo DS I found the process easy, engaging and most of all fun, which is what art is all about. The paints and pencils feel very true to life and give great effects.”

From here, the tour will hit Brent Cross in North London, before hitting venues across the country which are as follows:
* Brent Cross, North London – May 19th to 22nd
* St Davids, Cardiff – May 26th to 29th
* MetroCentre, Gateshead, Newcastle – June 2nd to 5th
* Bullring, Birmingham – June 9th to 12th
* Arndale Centre, Manchester – June 16th to 19th
* Braehead, Scotland – June 23rd to 26th

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