Victoria & Albert Museum - Art & Photography Trip

Published on 08 December 2014

Victoria & Albert Museum - Art & Photography Trip

The Art trip comprised of Sixth Form art and photography students and some students from Year 11 and Year 10, many of whom had not been to London before.

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. The students were very impressed with the magnificent Chihuly glass chandelier which hangs in the main entrance - this piece of contemporary art is in stark contrast to the ornate Baroque altar piece behind it.  We saw the Disobedient Objects exhibition. The purpose of this display is to examine the incorporation and evolution of art and design in protest movements across the world and it's very much the first exhibition to attempt this.  From Suffragette teapots to protest robots, this exhibition is the first to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change.

Many students took photos of the ‘Tiki Love Truck’ completely covered in mosaic pieces and doll parts made by the British artist Carrie Reichardt.  My favourite exhibit was a tiny resistor from a Polish radio, turned into a Solidarnosc badge. A play on the word resistance, it’s also a nod to the radio they communicated with. Students also worked in the Theatre and Performance gallery and were delighted to see up close the Lion King costumes from the stage show. Others enjoyed the Architecture galleries, the James Bond style Jewellery gallery, with its impressive glowing staircase and displaying diamond dress ornaments made for Catherine the Great to an emerald necklace presented by Napoleon.

All students returned with a wealth of research, photographs and drawings to further develop their work and are looking forward to returning to the museum in the future, to explore the other galleries yet to be discovered.

Mrs Kirby

Team Leader of Art