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Tate Britain Art Trip

In October, all Sixth Form Art students were given the opportunity to visit Tate Britain in London.

The most eye catching work we saw on our visit was dramatically suspended in the Duveen Gallery, hanging from the ceiling. As we entered, we passed beneath a decommissioned Harrier fighter plane. Fiona Banner, the artist who created this piece, explains that it ‘explores the tension between the intellectual perception of the fighter plane and the physical experience of the object. The suspended aircraft transforms machine into captive bird.’

When asked what they had gained from the trip, students commented favourably:

“My favourite part of the trip was looking at the Turner Prize Exhibition; my favourite artist was Dexter Dalwood, because of his use of colour and composition. The painting ‘The death of David Kelly’, has a forbidding atmosphere about itDani Strudwick.

“I liked the fighter planes best, because of the scale of the pieces and the way they filled the room. I also liked the fact that we were able to walk right up to and around them, as it made us feel like we were part of the experience” Tasha Bunney.

All students successfully recorded material from the trip in their small gallery sketchbooks and this forms an important part of their coursework evidence for ‘analysing the work of artist from life’.

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