THE PRINCE OF WALES, THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL AND THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE VISIT THE PRINCE’S FOUNDATION, TRINITY BUOY WHARF
Thursday 3rd February 2022
The Prince of Wales, Founder and President of The Prince’s Foundation, accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duchess of Cambridge visit The Foundation’s Trinity Buoy Wharf, a training site for arts and culture.
On arrival to the Trinity Buoy Wharf site, Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duchess of Cambridge will be greeted by representatives of The Prince’s Foundation and site-owner, Mr. Eric Reynolds.
There will be a short photo opportunity by the Thames (against the O2 Arena and London skyline backdrop) before Their Royal Highnesses begin their tour of the site.
Their Royal Highnesses will start by meeting students from The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, who will be working on geometry and mosaic projects. They will then proceed to meet photography and animation students.
Next, Their Royal Highnesses will visit the oldest part of the building, the Future Textiles Studio and Pattern-cutting studio, which was once the old Hemp Store where dock-workers made rope from hemp. Here, home-school students will demonstrate their sewing-machine skills and invite Their Royal Highnesses to try their hand at sewing a straight seam.
Graduates and Entrepreneurs from The Modern Artisan project, a collaboration between The Prince’s Foundation and YOOX Net-a-Porter Group, will then discuss techniques behind traditional kilt production and silk smocking and demonstrate hand-sewing onto fabric.
In the Clore Drawing Studio, Their Royal Highnesses’ will engage with tutors and students. Students on The Prince’s Foundation Diploma Year programme will be practising life-drawing (with a dressed model.)
Finally, Their Royal Highnesses will move through the sculpture studio, where wax sculpture work will be on display. Their Royal Highnesses will learn of staff and student experiences along the way.
The Duchess of Cambridge was invited to join the visit by The Prince of Wales in recognition of Their Royal Highnesses shared interest and longstanding support of the arts and creative industries. Some examples of The Duchess of Cambridge’s Patronages include the National Portrait Gallery, V&A and Royal Photographic Society.
The Duchess of Cornwall equally champions the work of The Prince of Wales and The Prince’s Foundation and herself, takes a keen interest in the arts and creative industries. Her Royal Highness is Patron of the Royal School of Needlework, The Water-Colour World, Ditchling Museum and the Fan Museum
The Prince’s Foundation was created through the merger, in 2018, of The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.
Site, school, students & courses
Trinity Buoy Wharf is a creative quarter located on the banks of the River Thames, opposite the O2 Arena, in the Tower Hamlets area of East London.
The Royal Drawing School previously used this site and this year is the first year under The Prince’s Foundation. The Foundation have established a base at Trinity Buoy Wharf, where it runs courses for all ages in traditional building skills such as thatching, blacksmithing and stonemasonry as well as associated skills such as geometry and sculpting.
The charity’s Future Textiles programme, successfully proven at Dumfries House, has been expanded to Trinity Buoy Wharf, where it aims to bridge the gap created through the demise of sewing and textiles as part of the school curriculum. Through the programme, practical workshops are delivered to school pupils aged 14-18 and professional development (CPD) sessions are run for teachers so that they can continue to teach traditional skills in the classroom.
The Prince’s Foundation’s Diploma Year, an intensive, focused, full-time, one-year course for school-leavers with ambitions of studying fine art or applied art and who are seeking a stepping stone to art school or university. In its first year, students of the course have gained places at art schools at Oxford and Cambridge, among others.
In June 2020, The Duchess of Cornwall was joined by The Duchess of Cambridge on a joint video call to mark Children’s Hospice Week.
In February 2020, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were joined by The Duke and The Duchess of Cambridge on a Leicestershire Away Day.