Art in London
On the 2nd December we arrived at school at 4.45am so that we could get a good start on our journey. Everyone arrived prepared with pillows and snacks and we had a good journey up to London. It was great to see the sights as we travelled through the city. Our first stop, the Tate Britain , is the home of British Art and has an impressive collection spanning from 1500 to the present day. The Tate is currently showing the Turner prize nominees. The prize is awarded annually, to an artist under fifty, born, living or working in Britain, for an outstanding exhibition or public presentation of their work anywhere in the world in the previous year. The four shortlisted artists who had their work exhibited are Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten and Josephine Pryde.
The exhibition was really diverse and led to some interesting discussions amongst the students. Since our return Helen Marten has been announced the winner. We also had time to look at some of the work displayed in the permanent collection and saw works by Anish Kapoor, Francis Bacon, Turner and David Hockney. It was an excellent introduction to British Art as the gallery houses a real range of works.
We then took the Tate boat down the river and saw many famous buildings and sights along the way such as St Pauls Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge. It gave us a great vantage point to see the architecture from the river.
We then went to the Tate Modern and students were able to experience the current work that is on display in the turbine hall as well as the huge collection of modern art that the Tate Modern houses. It was also exciting to be able to see the new extension that has been added and all the new work that is on display there. It was good that students were able to experience the wide variety of work that is on display . They were able to see paintings, sculptures, photography and prints.
Many of the works on display allowed for great talking points and it was good to see and hear students discussing the pieces and sharing their opinions. After our art experiences we walked from the Tate modern to Covent Garden which was lovely and allowed us to soak up the Christmas atmosphere. We met with the Drama students in time to have a look around the area and then go to the theatre for the show. It was a great day and everyone really enjoyed the galleries and seeing art in different contexts.
Ms N Dalby
Head of Art