Posted: 28th October 2019

Pupils in Years 10 to 13 visited London and attended various Exhibitions on an Art trip at the end of half term. Our Design students visited the V&A and the Natural History Museum whilst Fine Art students went to The White Cube to see Damien Hirst’s Mandalas Exhibition and The Antony Gormley Exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts which included his sculptures, installations, drawings and sketchbook works. They also visited The National Portrait Gallery to see the Exhibition of Elizabeth Peyton, a female contemporary portrait painter. 

At The Natural History Museum the students researched and drew from life and especially enjoyed the minerals and fossil cases. Pupils also viewed the Museum of the Moon, a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. This six-metre model features meticulously detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, ambient moonlight and an evolving soundscape.

After lunch the group then toured the Victoria and Albert Museum viewing 20th Century furniture, stage and theatre design, and the beautifully lit jewellery exhibition. Before heading back to School pupils studied the fabulous and historic Mary Quant Exhibition.  From miniskirts to vibrant tights and makeup, pupils discovered how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer’s personal archive.

Hannah Lee, Year 13 has written about her experience at the Antony Gormley Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts:

Visiting the Antony Gormley exhibition at the Royal Academy was genuinely unforgettable. In the courtyard as we entered the academy, was a life-size newborn iron baby, placed off-centre and almost as if people could trip over it. The vulnerability and the honesty of this baby lying naked with raindrops covering its back made me very emotional and I couldn’t look away. All of the work was so powerful and I felt quite overwhelmed as I walked around. Gormley deals with human form in terms of ‘vessels’ rather than beings and I found it fascinating, the incredible literal weight of his work and the weight of meaning behind them is truly beautiful and I feel very inspired.” – Hannah L

Renee Pinkett, Year 12 writes on the Damien Hirst Exhibition at White Cube:

The London art trip was amazing and extremely inspirational. I particularly enjoyed the White Cube Gallery and Damien Hirst’s work. Personally, I usually enjoy portraits and normally would admire the work of portrait artists, however, I was amazed and inspired by the mandala of Butterfly wings. Despite being dead, the butterflies radiate colours and life, the shimmer of the almost holographic wings were so beautiful and I had such a range of reactions to his different works, despite being all made of butterflies. The light blue mandala of wings was by far my favourite as it was so peaceful yet vibrant and shiny. I felt at ease looking at the artwork; the dark butterfly wings however, made me feel extremely uneasy and it almost verged on mysterious and meaningful. The image altogether appearing dark and heavy contrasting the wings in which are light. Overall, the White Cube Gallery was my favourite as it was so different from anything I have ever seen, it inspired me to step out of my comfort zone with art and experience the different forms rather than pencils and paints.” – Renee P

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