London Calling

February 14, 2024

Friday 9th February was an early start for our A Level and GCSE artists embarked on an early morning train to London to visit the Tate Modern and Tate Britain art galleries.

At the Tate Modern, they visited the ‘Capturing the Moment’ exhibition, exploring the relationship between painting and photography. Students saw the expressive paintings of Pablo Picasso and Paula Rego, and striking photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto and Jeff Wall. Other artworks such as Pauline Boty’s pop paintings, Andy Warhol’s silkscreen prints, the photorealist works of Gerhard Richter, and Andreas Gursky’s large-scale panoramic photography show how artists have blurred the boundaries between painting and photography.

A great sightseeing boat trip on the Thames allowed pupils to see sights such as Big Ben, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament, whilst transporting us to the next stop on our visit.

On display at Tate Britain is 500 years of British art, including traditional alongside new contemporary artworks, from the Pre-Raphaelites to David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Lubaina Himid. Tate Britain is also home to the world’s largest collection of works by JMW Turner.

The students spent the day drawing and photographing numerous artworks to inspire their Externally Set Assignment, which forms the final 40% of their overall qualification. Many thanks to the staff and students for their wonderful company and enthusiasm.