Downside art trip to London

Last week Sixth Form art students headed to London for a research trip to the Tate Britain and Tate Modern.

Artists such as Francis Bacon, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, and Stanley Spencer proved to be of particular interest to the students, at the Tate Britain. Following this, a relaxing boat ride down to Embankment, and the next gallery.

The Tate Modern’s The Shape of Light: 100 years of photography and abstract art had many students buzzing with ideas for their A Level coursework projects including an incredible showcase of experimental photography and how it relates and responds to fine art paintings such as the work of the Vortices.

Christian Marclay’s installation entitled The Clock also sparked some impassioned debate about what constitutes art, and is well worth a visit, while Tania Bruguera’s current turbine hall installation provided an unusual and immersive experience.