With the Heart of a Child
is about bringing people together.
It is about harnessing our individual
giftings and identities.
It is about a shared conversation,
about children leading leaders,
about water,
the lifespring running through all life,
in danger and desperate for our help.

WITH the HEART of a CHILD
. . and a PENGUIN . .

seven lifesize bronze children
one from every continent on Earth
(six children and a musical penguin)
simply dressed in soft silk tulle

hesitate in time,
leaning forward, hopeful,
poised to dive,
eyes closed, dreaming into their future,
anticipating things unseen:

a little child shall lead

trusting feet, plump and bare,
remind us of our duty of care
to life, to love, to planet Earth

they stand together, peacefully, as friends,
vulnerable and strong,
silently singing out to us
their call to change.

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Nicola writes ...

As a peaceful activist and as an artist,
I respect and harness the creative healing power of collaboration.
In order to bring about broad spectrum and worthwhile change,
we must connect and unite.

 

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So, practically speaking, what is
“With the Heart of a Child”?

Answer
It is a collaborative work of art
involving children and adults worldwide.
A significant bronze sculpture installation
consisting of lifesize portraits of young children,
from every nation on Earth
. . standing together, peacefully, as friends . .
it is an iconic reminder of the duty of care we owe
both to planet Earth and to our future.

To achieve this, and with help from Cambridge University,
sculptor Nicola Ravenscroft will be working with
universities in every country on Earth.

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is a sculpture installation of
six life size bronze children and a penguin,
each piece representing one of our seven continents.
It calls us to unite,
and invites us collectively,
and with visceral response,
to consider the fragile future of planet Earth.

With the Heart of a Child .. and a Penguin
is prelude to a groundbreaking global initiative,

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This captivating work has been exhibited at...

July 2016
Churchill College, Cambridge University

September 2016 - March 2017
University of Cambridge Primary School

March - April 2017
HSBC global HQ
Canary Wharf, London

December 2017
Musiceum Summit, Cambridge University

December 2017
In partnership with the V&A Museum London
(Museum of Childhood), Fitzwilliam Museum

December 2017 - January 2018
M&G Group HQ
Governor's House, London EC4R 0HH

May 2018
Ralph Winter Gallery,
Exeter

Summer 2018
Whitecross Street Party 2018,
Barbican, London

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WITH the HEART of a CHILD
. . and a PENGUIN . .

is available for sale, signed, numbered and finished by hand
in a small limited edition.

The little bronze penguin is also being produced in a separate artist limited edition of 100.
Signed, patinated and finished by hand, the feathers of each penguin may be played, carefully,
somewhat like a thumb piano, and every song is different.

jamuna   "holy river"   Asia
immokalee   "tumbling water"   North America
madzimoyo   "water of life"   Africa
antarctica
newlyn   "from the fresh spring"   Europe
myuna   "clear water"   Australasia
yaku   "water"   South America
In memory of my beautiful friend Anna Craft,
whose work, life and love have profoundly
changed the lives of children.