Art & Photography Trip to London

GCSE Art and Photography pupils were given the opportunity to visit the Tate Modern Art Gallery and Somerset House Gallery in London last Tuesday.

They were encouraged to look for photographic opportunity during the walk from Waterloo station to the Tate Modern, encompassing sights of the London skyline and the Art Deco or Brutalist architecture of the South Bank. The group was then split, with a small number lucky enough to sample the 5-star sold-out Picasso EY Exhibition 1932, billed as “a month-by-month journey through Picasso’s year of wonders’’.

The remaining pupils were able to sample the Shape of Light Exhibition showcasing 100 years of photography and abstract art. Subject topics for each room ranged from ‘Camera Work’ and ‘Finding Form’, to ‘Optical Effects’ and ‘Contemporary Abstraction’. The group were then given free time to scope out other exhibitions on display such as Media Networks and Materials and Objects, and to make their way up to the viewing platform for a 360 view of the London skyline.

The group then embarked upon a mile-long walk over the Thames and through the streets of the city on one of the hottest days of the year to reach Somerset House Gallery. Once there, our artists headed off to view the Courtauld Gallery, while the photographers explored the exhibitions of the Terrace Galleries.

The Courtauld Gallery is billed as ‘one of the world’s great collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art’, and includes iconic works from such artists as Monet, Van Gogh and Cezanne, but also houses works from 20th century artists such as Matisse and Kandinsky, plus a number of works of modern British art. The exhibition of the Terrace gallery is titled ‘Print! Tearing It Up’, which explores the history and impact of the British independent magazine scene charting the evolution of contentious and progressive print publications, and celebrates the current diverse industry of innovative independent magazines.

Pupils will use the photographs they have taken in London and research on the artworks and artists seen for inspiration as they continue with their portfolios towards their GCSE qualifications.