As part of the new experiences offered to our students during enrichment week, a group of year ten students visited Tate Britain. This is an art museum on Millbank in the City of Westminster in London. It is part of the Tate network of galleries in England, with Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives.
Our first port of call was a visit to the galleries showing the work of Frank Bowling. The Guyana-born British artist studied alongside David Hockney and R.B. Kitaj in the early 1960s, before making a name for himself in New York as both a painter and art critic. Now based in London, Frank Bowling continues his visionary approach that fuses abstraction with personal memories.
Students then followed the timeline of exhibits from the sixteenth century but were drawn to the exhibits of the Harry and Djanogly gallery where they were given the opportunity to be creative and draw some sketches of the exhibits.
This was a trip that gave lots of opportunity to learn and to be inspired by both contemporary works and those of the past. Our pupils felt that a date for a return visit to explore more of these wonderful works needs to be written into the diary.