Sixth form artists venture to Yorkshire
A group of Lower Sixth art students spent an extended weekend at the start of half term in Yorkshire. The group’s first visit was to Salts Mill where pupils were able to soak up the stimulating atmosphere of a gallery dedicated to the work of one artist – David Hockney – first hand.
The visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park proved a resounding success. The students enjoyed interacting with the sculptures by recreating the poses of selected figure pieces and producing photographic records of this work. Whilst Yorkshire weather can be inclement at this time of year it remained dry enough for the students to draw in the park.
Saturday was a very busy and constructive day as the students visited Leeds City Art Gallery, having lunch in its Victorian tiled hall. Next they had the opportunity of viewing the six tapestries ‘All in the Best Possible Taste’ by the Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry, in the unique context of a Tudor/Jacobean country house at Temple Newsam mansion. We rounded off the day with a visit to the National Media Museum, where students enjoyed the animation gallery and interactively explored one of the most influential inventions of the twentieth century – the television.
Our final visit was to the Hepworth Wakefield -Yorkshire’s new art gallery where an impressive Hepworth permanent collection can be viewed. The work of contemporary artists Alexandra Birken, Toby Ziegler and Folkert de Jong offered an alternative view of combat in their Conflict and Collisions: New Contemporary Sculpture exhibition.
The culinary delights of traditional Yorkshire fayre were enjoyed by one and all. Pupils were treated to chandeliers and a pianist whilst eating their fish and chips!
The trip was an enjoyable way to extend the understanding and knowledge of a diverse range of artists and art environments. Students behaved impeccably and were a credit to The Perse.