Explaining the project, workshop leader Sarah Bridgland said: ‘I thought it was fantastic for the students to experience the process and work that goes into a public exhibition – from initial ideas, constructing the work itself, photographing the work, printing, to finally seeing it in a public space and seeing how the work can change in all these different contexts.’
Sarah used the idea of journeys through the city of London as a source of inspiration for the project. The students visited Sarah Morris’ artwork to gain an understanding of how she had built up an abstract image with a sequence of complex, geometric shapes inspired by the structure of Big Ben. At Gloucester Road Station they made a collection of line drawings, rubbings and collages based on the shapes, signs, textures and architectural details they found, as well as collecting collage material such as pocket Tube maps and leaflets. This informed a series of playful exercises and visual investigations into ‘drawing with paper’ back at school.
The students’ final 3D paper constructions reflect each individual’s interests and their visual investigations of London: deconstructing an architectural landmark, expressing their experiences of travelling in the city or recording architectural details and symbols. Find out more and see a slideshow of images here.
"It was a really good opportunity. It’s awesome to see my work up in the station."Angela, 14
Student at Holland Park School
"[The exhibition was] a splendid conclusion to the project adding a professional experience for students to treasure and remember. This will build their self-esteem and confidence."Greg Smith
Deputy Head Teacher, Holland Park School