Tilly Cooper (U5) writes about the Art trip to a number of London art venues.
First stop: Wimbledon College of Art, with a large exhibition of theatre degree shows including Digital Theatre, Theatre Design and Costume Design. My personal favourite was the Fine Art and Sculpture, which varied from cast bronze sculptures of Nero to Taxidermy. Some of the special effects would not look out of place on the set of Hogwarts, although we did find a naked granny made from wax and latex!
After our eventful and informative morning, we set off across London to Central Saint Martins at Kings Cross, housed in an inspiring building of old and new architecture - we were armed with notebooks and cameras. The exhibitions were enhanced by the large modern studio spaces and gave us an idea of the working space, creative cross-over of specialisms and facilities if we were to choose to apply here. Students were on hand to explain their final show as well as the thought process and story behind their ideas. Tutors and course leaders were also on hand to explain the course structure and expectations. Representatives from Major Design Houses mingled, looking through portfolios to find the next Alexander McQueen. Everyone had their own favourite shows, and mine was Jewellery Design with all the ambitious shapes and materials, Textile Design using traditional techniques with modern materials, Industrial Design, Product Design and Ceramics.
Places are limited and highly competitive and you can see why it would be an honour and a very exciting prospect for us to be in their shoes in four years time. I'm now really hyped to get back to the art block and start developing my ideas, and hopefully I have absorbed some of the creativity and will feel confident to push the boundaries. I will be using some of the students' names as contemporary artists for my contextual studies.