On the 4th October students who take the Visual Arts travelled to London to visit a variety of Art Galleries to see both modern art and historical. Traveling across London by tube and on foot students visited the Saatchi Gallery first off near Slone Square to see modern artwork by ‘up and coming’ artists from around the world with such examples as a giant coil in the form of a crow covered in black feathers by Kate MccGwire to a room full of large Monet like paintings of landscape scenes with manga style childlike figures by Tokyo based artist Makiko Kudo.
From the Saatchi Gallery we walked so that photography students could take photo shoots of structures. We passed Buckingham Palace where the Queen was in, up the Mall to The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and the Mall Gallery. ICA presented photo, film and projection artwork from a variety of emerging artists who show their work in the form of installations within rooms. The Mall Gallery, next door, was a complete opposite of disciplines with a show of Sea and Marine paintings, where I was reliably told, by a student, that the most expensive piece of work was on show at £18,000.
With a short walk to Trafalgar Square and a spot of lunch we then passed by Yoda and David Shrigley Thumbs up sculpture on the plinth, we climbed the steps and entered the revolving doors of the National Gallery. Students took off in all directions with paintings to see, from a look over tourists shoulders at Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers to an interesting gruesome painting by Cornelis van Haarlem, called ‘Two Followers of Cadmus devoured by a Dragon’ 1588. We then took a quick walk past Her Majasties Theatre, where The Phantom of the Opera was being performed, lots of posh shops, Hamleys and Liberties. We arrived at the Photographers Gallery to see some excellent large scale photographs by Gregory Crewdson’s, ‘Cathedral of the Pines’ series, with incredible detail and the atmospheric staging of a Hitchcock movie, Crewdson examines our connection with nature and a sense of isolation and separation from it.
The journey ended with a busy underground jaunt back to Richmond where we rested tired feet on the travel back to BPS College. Students were excellent on the day showing enthusiasm and an openness to explore. The experience of the day will be developed and used in their A Level coursework.