Sixth Form Sampling the London Art Scene

Clayesmore’s Head of Art, Mrs Kirsty Mareau-Jones, writes:

On Wednesday 21 February, we took 30 Sixth Form students on a London gallery trip. We visited the Royal Academy and The White Cube gallery, as well as some independent commercial galleries on Cork Street in Mayfair. 

We started at the Royal Academy visiting the current ‘From Life’ exhibition, which combined the traditional practices of life drawing and sculpture. There were examples of work that recorded directly from life, as well as some more contemporary interpretations, including virtual reality, interactive installations. Exhibiting artists included Anthony Gormley, Jonathan Yeo, and Jenny Saville. 

From the Royal Academy we headed to The White Cube gallery where we saw a beautiful solo exhibition by the Korean artist Minjung Kim. Her body of work entitled ‘The Memory of Process’  is based on traditional Korean painting practices with the use of traditional materials, but has a contemporary feel. The minimalist White Cube at Masons Yard was the perfect setting to view her abstract and textural works. 

We finshed the day on Cork Street, with the students being given the opportunity to see many different types of work and speak with gallery owners.

It was an exciting day in a dynamic area of London, and we feel our students really benefited from seeing a wide range of work in different gallery settings.