Sixth Form Art Department trip to London

Royal High voices, Sixth Form, Art

IB 1 Visual Arts student Anastasia writes about the recent Art Department Sixth Form London trip

On 17 November we set out on a wonderful trip to London with the Art Department. We began with a visit to Tate Modern where we saw two exciting exhibitions: Philip Guston and Capturing the Moment. I found it particularly intriguing to follow the evolution of just one artist's work throughout his life but also loved, and took an interest in, the differently themed rooms of the second exhibition, combining a range of media, styles, and artists including Andy Warhol, Cecily Brown, Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.

After this, we walked to The Courtauld to see the exhibition: Claudette Johnson: Presence. In this exhibition exploring cultural identity, one of my favourite pieces was ‘Blues Dance’ which, through combining the bold blue colour with the elegant flowing quality of the fabric portrayed by the expressive brush strokes, created a dynamic image.

But, by far, my favourite exhibition was Women in Revolt in the Tate Britain. It was an immersive, sensory experience of feminist art with videos playing in every room, such as '3 Minute Scream' by Gina Birch; provoking photography, such as the photo montages of Linder; emotionally charged paintings like 'No to torture' by Houria Niati; and was truly a place to celebrate female liberation and identity. It represented every category of women including women of colour, women with disabilities, and transgender and queer women. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found the sheer range of artists on display, most of which I had never previously seen before, absolutely astonishing, motivating, and inspiring with regards to my own work and journey as an artist!

Sixth Form Art Trip to London 2023