From 6-8th of March I visited London with my class as part of a contextual studies trip. I visited 5 galleries/museums all together over the three days and found inspiration from many of the artists work I saw. The first day consisted mainly of travelling so we only had the chance to visit one gallery - Tate Britain. I enjoyed some of the work there but one artist's work I found far more interesting than the others. The exhibition of Rachel MacLean's work titled 'Wot u :-) about?' which consisted of a film and 6 images based on the film. I found it the film both disturbing yet interesting and although the film made me sick to my stomach I found myself unable to look away. I was really interested in the costume design and the way the film was done - MacLean played all of the characters in the film. Of course viewer discretion is advised when walking in because of its graphic scenes, and walking out of it I felt myself very uneasy due to the nature of the film. It sent a very over-exaggerated message of how dependant we are on the digital age
and how young people almost 'feed' off 'likes'
On the second day of the trip the first gallery we went to was the Gagosian Gallery to view the work of Richard Serra. I found his work interesting but not quite inspiring. I liked the scale and the materials that he used, and the simplicity of his work. The next gallery we went to this day was the Tate Modern. I enjoyed this gallery a lot - there was a lot to see and I found myself particularly inspired by the sculptural work found inside. I think the most inspiring piece for me in this gallery was probably another film called 'Birds' by Daria Martin. It's a piece that explores the fusion of the arts for within the film there's performance, costume, fashion, sculpture, music and of course the film itself. I like the idea of combining arts like this and one day I'd like to create a short film of my own to express this. The third museum we went to visit on the second day was the Design Museum. I found this museum interesting but not as interesting as when I first went a couple years ago. I did have good fun playing around with some of the interactive exhibits though and I found some of the 3D printed designs really interesting.
On the final day I only went to one museum - The Victoria & Albert museum. The sectioms in here that I found most interesting were the jewellery and the set and costume. The jewellery section
drew my attention for my hobby of jewellery making. It was really interesting seeing how jewellery has been made and the way it looks throughout the centuries and also seeing jewellery pieces from different cultures. In the set and costume section I found myself more interested in the costumes as I sometimes make my own costumes. It was really interesting seeing how the costumes were designed and made and the small intricacies that were included despite most people not being able to see such tiny details.
Overall the trip to London, for me, was an incredibly independent trip and I loved every minute of it. I got to explore London, get to grips with the underground and see parts of the city that I'd never seen before. It was a really beautiful experience and I felt inspired by the city and came out more confident with the way I approach travel and busy cities. The entire