April 28, 2020

Art trip to Edinburgh

On 10th March, Mr Wells and Mr Sensicle took a group of Art and Graphics GCSE and A level students to Edinburgh for an intensive day of viewing art. The trip started with walking to the two Scottish National Gallery modern art buildings, surrounded by a wonderful sculpture park which is home to an outstanding international collection of modern and contemporary art.

The featured display was the work of Paula Rego, one of the most important artists living in Britain today. Her more recent work very powerfully focuses on issues concerning women and certainly sparked some thoughtful conversations.

Then it was time to head to The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, housed in a wonderful Victorian building, and hosting the BP Portrait Award which inspired thoughts on how varied the responses can be to one theme and how art is judged.

The final stop was at the Royal Scottish Academy holding The New Contemporaries exhibition, a showcase for art graduates of Scotland’s universities.

We were very lucky to get this trip organised just before schools closed and it has proved to be extremely timely and inspiring, particularly for Year 11 and Year 13 boys for completing coursework.