Gaining an Insight into Abstract Art

Form 6 Art students gained some valuable insights into contemporary art on a recent trip to galleries in Birmingham.

Student Oakhamian editor JoJo reports:

“The first stop was the Birmingham University Barber Institute that displays a chronological range of art from the 15th–20th century. After viewing the art carefully and discussing it with their peers, the students chose their favourite piece from each century and wrote a description of the piece, including why they liked it and who created it.

After lunch the group went straight to the Night in the Museum exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Night in the Museum is a selection of contemporary and modern art hand-picked by leading British artist Ryan Gander. It all had a similar theme of blue and perhaps the most interesting part of the exhibition is the fact that all the sculptures are involved in the act of looking – they are spectators of the other artwork in the room. Each student again picked their favourite piece, and discussed their opinions of it. 

The final stop of the day was the nationally acclaimed Ikon Gallery that contains all the work of Roger Hiorns. The collection of contemporary art included many controversial and abstract pieces with no explanations at all, leaving them entirely to the individual spectator’s interpretation.

Overall, the trip was extremely beneficial and allowed our Upper School Art students the chance to open their minds to a more abstract way of creating art.”  

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