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Kate gets to the art of the matter with cross-dresser

The Duchess of Cambridge showed that pregnancy clearly agrees with her as she officially named a new school art room dedicated to providing creative therapy to youngsters.

Kate launched the studio at a primary in London and will be joined by cross-dressing Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry.

The duchess is royal patron of The Art Room, the charity behind the new project, which maintains a dedicated art room in a number of schools in Oxfordshire and the capital.

Perry is one of the charity's patrons and opened the art space, called the Clore Art Room, at Barlby Primary School, Ladbroke Grove, in October.

It provides therapeutic support to pupils and those from another nearby primary, Oxford Gardens.

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Each week up to 85 children, aged between five and 11, receive art sessions designed to provide them with self-confidence, self-esteem and independence through creativity and self-expression.

The room is named after the Clore Duffield Foundation, which has been making donations to The Art Room since 2005.

"For me it comes down to the thing about what art is about, not about creative industries and making money - a lot of the benefit of art is doing it, interacting with who you are," Perry said.

"Art is a language that gets to places that other things don't."

The artist said the art sessions allowed children to express themselves away from their sometimes "difficult lives," adding: "I identify with that myself, for me it was a refuge."

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