On Friday 12th January 2018, students of Art and Photography from Years 10 to 13, took part in a one day educational trip to see two London galleries in preparation for their upcoming Examination Unit as well as enhancing their Contextual Understanding.  The first stop was the Saatchi gallery in Chelsea where pupils were given a guided talk around the ‘Iconoclasts’ exhibition.  The Saatchi is well known for its cutting edge exposure of new artists and the focus of this exhibition was on art out of the mainstream.  The exhibition was vibrant, experimental and occasionally primitive but certainly challenged the pupils to question ‘What is Art?’  Many pupils had never previously visited a gallery and the experience did not disappoint!

Similarly, the Tate Modern with its extensive collection covering several floors, caused wide eyed wonder and enthusiasm.  The turbine hall was showing an interactive piece ‘One Two Three Swing!’ by SUPERFLEX who are known for playfully subversive installations and films. Each swing has been designed for three people. Swinging with two other people has greater potential than swinging alone and it invites us to realise the potential of teamwork and collaboration and our students were more than happy to try the theory for themselves!

Once again, the trips success was enhanced by the exemplary behaviour of the students.