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Students’ Tate-a-Tate with London Galleries

Thanks to A level Art student J. Woodcock for this article.

On Monday 4 February, a sleepy cohort of 34 upper sixth A level Art students set out to London.

Although the coach trip was long and arduous, the destination made it all worthwhile. We had the opportunity to visit two wonderful galleries: the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern. The Tate Britain is home to a plethora of art, primarily celebrating British creativity. Everyone found some form of inspiration from either the stunning architecture, the classical sculpture, the unnerving modern installations or the classical paintings.

As we travelled from one venue to the next we took in the moody scenery, passing The Gherkin, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The Shard, and the Millennium Bridge, which was used as a location for the filming of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

The Tate Modern contained an eclectic mix of contemporary art that provided a sensory overload, from the impactful paintings to the ambiguous installations and sculptures. Overall, the trip gave everyone a chance to conduct in-depth research into this year’s exam theme (Variation and Similarity) and find a way to put their own spin on the subject.

A huge thank you to Mr Farago, Ms Meehan, and Miss Hyde, without whom this trip would not have been possible.