L6 Tate Modern Trip

L6 girls studying Art, Textiles, Photography and History of Art visited London’s Tate Modern Museum. Read accounts of the day by Alice and Megan below.

On Thursday morning a group of Art, Textiles, Photography and History of Art students all hopped on the coach to the Tate Modern in London to spend the day admiring the general collection. The weather was so beautiful as we wandered down alongside the river to the Tate.

When we entered, we instantly found our way into rooms of towering installations, films and photography, as well as astonishing paintings of all different styles and media, evoking inspiration for our creative pursuits and projects.

Some of my favourites included ‘Babel’ by Clido Meireles, which is a large tower of stacked second-hand analogue radios, turned on at minimum volume but each to a different station that creates a cacophony of incomprehensible noise which created a sense of confusion but also slight comfort and really transformed the whole room. On the other hand, another favourite was Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘Whaam!’ as it had such a bold impact and pop art just has a sense of nostalgia as it reminds me of old comics I used to read and also always prompts me to add more fun into my work.

We arrived back at school feeling fully fulfilled with artistic knowledge and inspiration for all of our different subjects.

Alice, L6

Thursday morning, the day after our long exam period, Creative Arts’ students were gifted with an exciting day out to visit the Tate Modern in London.

It was a beautiful sunny day in London as we walked along the river, gazing at all the historical sights. Tate Modern was busy with lots of buzzing people admiring the art, we fit right in.

I had loads of fun walking around all the exhibitions with my friends, discussing the pieces and their deeper meanings, stopping to sketch when I found a piece that inspired me, it was my ideal school trip.

I was most inspired by the exhibition that was done on pieces of linen or other fabrics. The portraits of General Ernesto by Leon Golub (1922-2004), entailed a five-part series of portraits each done on a piece of linen with acrylic paints. They depicted political leaders who often were tied to the military. His art inspired me because it was real, simple and effective. As I stood sketching one of his paintings, I realised just how much detail can be created from one single brushstroke.

Another piece of art that stood out to me was the tower of radios that were all playing at once. Done by Cildo Meireles in 2001. This overload of information was shocking to the senses and left me speechless. It was truly amazing to see the relationship it presented with biblical stories and what impact it had on those who viewed it.

This trip was a truly wonderful experience that I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to go on.

Megan L6