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Forty Students from Liskeard School and Community College’s Arts Faculty recently travelled to London for what has now become an annual visit to some of the country’s top galleries and theatres. Students experienced extremely full days of exploration including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Harrods, the Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, the Tate Modern, a boat trip along the Thames, a 4D cinema experience and some shopping time in Covent Garden.

From fashion to sculpture to locksmithing, visiting the world’s leading art and design museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, provided an extraordinary insight into craft skills from across the world. Some of the students reflected upon how, even given today’s technological world, the skills on show could ever be improved; questioning whether the craft skills were still in existence, students wondered if the work on show could be financially afforded given the amount of time needed to achieve such quality.

Students were treated to The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre full of the most amazing costumes, characterization, energy and performances the students were completely captivated. The staging at the Lyceum Theatre provided a backdrop which saw extraordinary levels and effects, complimenting a familiar storyline but transporting us all to the most amazing imaginary world. The students left the theatre buzzing with excitement.

Given the current political context around the world students had a fascinating tour of the Tate Modern, with many of the exhibits reflecting turbulent times throughout recent history. Viewing the Tate as the group walked across the millennium bridge (stopping momentarily to perform a ‘mannequin challenge’) the caption across the top of the building ‘Art Changes We Change’, gave them a clue as to the broad theme of the shows on offer. Entering the great turbine they were immediately challenged with the Hyundai commissioned installation by Phillippe Parreno entitled ‘Anywhen’.  The installation transformed the hall into an immersive experience, challenging perception of time and space. Along with many popular and well known contemporary artworks, exhibitions also shed light on Modernist Photography from the Elton John collection, the work of Louise Bourgeois, artist examinations of the modern city, and dialogues between the materials and spaces of contemporary architecture. Visiting the viewing level of the Tate’s new extension was also truly jaw dropping.

Ending this year’s visit, students enjoyed some free time to shop and relax at Covent Garden. Huge thanks to Mrs O’Shea and Mrs Crawshaw for organising a fantastic trip again this year, to Mr Pascoe, Mr Ewers and Miss Kelly for helping out throughout the trip. 

 

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