Form 6 Critical and Contextual Studies’ students have recently taken inspiration from a visit to Cambridge for their ‘Personal Investigation’ project.
Director of Art, Mrs Elinor Brass, tells us more:-
“Currently the students are researching and designing their own exhibition and the trip presented them with the opportunity to focus on how exhibitions were put together, presented and promoted.
The students started at the Fitzwilliam Museum, and looked at an exhibition featuring the works of William Nicholson and James Pryde. This temporary show had some imaginative display methods and contrasted with the more traditional collection in the main gallery. The group then went to Kettle's Yard, and studied how art can be displayed in someone’s home, where the artworks and treasured objects are given equal prominence. The temporary exhibition in the gallery space at Kettle's Yard was by Colombian artist Oscar Murillo and was dynamic abstract work, giving the students plenty of interesting display ideas.
The afternoon was spent at the Wysing Arts Centre listening to interesting talks by the Head of Learning, a curator and a member of staff, who is responsible for the digital promotion of the exhibitions at Wysing. There was so much to consider about how exhibitions come about and approaches to curation. The final speaker was Iranian artist Soheila Sokhanvari who has a residency at the Wysing. Soheila discussed how to break down the barriers of putting on an exhibition and got the students to reflect on where an exhibition could be held. The artist described unconventional spaces in which she had shown work: hotel rooms, taxis, empty flats as well as immaculate white cube galleries.”