On Thursday 14th June, 32 Year 9 and 10 Art Students boarded the train at Manchester Piccadilly to London with Miss Nicholson, Mrs Howells and Mrs Kershaw.
We travelled firstly by tube to the Saatchi Gallery just off the Kings Road. One of the members of staff showed us around the current exhibition of contemporary art work ‘Known Unknown’, after which the girls explored the exhibition further using their gallery task sheets.
Girls sat around the gallery engaging in deep and profound discussions about the artwork, demonstrating a very intelligent and open-minded attitude and understanding. After a quick lunch break sitting in the sun outside the Saatchi we headed back to the tube and travelled to the Tate Modern.
The Tate Modern boasts the amazing turbine hall, an incredible and impressive space. The girls spent the first hour exploring the rich collection of artwork including Bridget Riley's geometric paintings, the large water-lilies of Monet, Rothko’s immense abstract paintings and the impressive sculptures of Anish Kapoor. We then saw the Picasso Exhibition that spanned over half a floor, which held a large collection of work over one year of his life.
Next stop was the Tate Britain; we travelled there along the Thames on the Tate-to-Tate boat ride, passing the Houses of Parliament on our way. The girls enjoyed the freedom to browse the collections including a live piece of performance art in the central Gallery. We then had a very squashed and hot journey back on the tube to Euston Station where the girls stocked up on food and drink before the train back to Manchester.
The girls had an extremely busy day and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, gaining an insightful experience to springboard ideas for their GCSE Art.