Art & Photography Visit to London
On Friday, 10th January 2020, students of Art and Photography visited London to gather research in preparation for their upcoming Examination Units and to enhance their Contextual Understanding.
The first stop was The Tate Modern, with its extensive collection covering several floors that offered students plenty of visual points of interest. The Turbine Hall was showing work by Kara Walker. Fons Americanus is a 13-metre tall working fountain, made using an environmentally-conscious production process and is inspired by the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, London. Walker’s fantasy fountain explores the interconnected histories of Africa, America and Europe. She uses water as a key theme, referring to the transatlantic slave trade and the ambitions, fates and tragedies of people from these three continents.
Our second visit was to The V & A Museum of Art & Design in Knightsbridge. Founded in 1852, it is the world’s largest museum of applied and decorative arts and design spanning 5,000 years. Housing a permanent collection of over 2.27 million objects which cover 12.5 acres and 145 galleries, there was certainly plenty to see and many students declared it to be their ‘favourite museum ever!’ Once again, the trips success was enhanced by the favourable comments from the public regarding exemplary behaviour and keen interest shown at both venues by our pupils.