Visiting Manchester and Liverpools' art galleries and museums for three days was an excellent start to the New Year for Sixth Form artists - and their teachers! The students were impressed by the quality and variety of work on display, but perhaps the most exciting experience for all of us was standing on Crosby Beach at 9.30 on a cold and crisp January morning to see the magnificent public artwork Another Place by the renowned sculptor Anthony Gormley. Forty sculptures of Gormley’s body were spread across the beach and way into the water. We arrived at a perfect time to see them as the tide was out. Truly memorable.
Seeing art at first hand is always valuable, but what came over most of all was the range of different collections. From the Lady Lever Gallery in Port Sunlight with its very personal collection of paintings, objets d’art and sculptures to Liverpool’s Tate Modern temporary exhibition of work by John Piper and Surrealists in Eygpt. The Whitworth in Manchester had twelve temporary exhibitions drawn from its permanent collection and loans and there were many inspirational images to see.
With plenty to see and do the A-level art students have returned with lots of ideas for their current and forthcoming projects, strong pages in their sketchbooks and a wide visual treat of seeing traditional, modern and contemporary art.