About this day
For A-level, IB, Foundation and BTEC Level 3 students
This spring sees the return to London of another exciting, visually stimulating Art in Action programme. During this immersive day, students will have the chance to meet and hear from four leading contemporary artists working in different areas of art and design. Through their fascinating presentations, the artists will explore their unique creative journeys, what inspires them, and how they turn an idea into a work of art. There will be plenty of time for questions and students are guaranteed to leave inspired and brimming with ideas for their own work.
Programme & speakers
Transforming ordinary into extraordinary Cornelia Parker OBE RA, Sculptor and Installation Artist
Cornelia Parker will explore the influences and ideas behind her artwork, drawing on some fascinating recent projects.
About Cornelia Parker OBE RA
Sculptor and installation artist Cornelia Parker OBE RA is one of Britain’s most acclaimed artists. She became known for her large scale works including ‘Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View’. She suspended the fragments of a garden shed, blown up for her by the British Army. She is fascinated with processes in the world that mimic cartoon ‘deaths’ – steamrolling, shooting full of holes and explosions. Her work contains themes of gain and loss, and the presence of visual and verbal allusions enables the viewer to witness the transformation of ordinary objects into something compelling and extraordinary. At the opening of Manchester’s Whitworth gallery, she teamed up with a Nobel Prize-winning scientist to turn fragments of drawings by Picasso, Constable and Turner into a new artwork, and her solo exhibition was greeted to critical acclaim. Recently she produced an extraordinarily democratic and thought-provoking embroidery based on Wikipedia’s Magna Carta page which was displayed at the British Library as part of their celebration of the 800th anniversary of the granting of Magna Carta; in the same year the public was treated to the iconic installation ‘One More Time’ at St Pancras station. In 2016 she was the first female artist to be commissioned to create an artwork for the roof garden of the New York Met, which resulted in Transitional Object (PsychoBarn). Once again was the first woman when she was chosen as the 2017 official election artist.
Conflict and crisis through the photographer's lens Simon Norfolk, Photographer
Simon Norfolk’s work is widely recognised and has won multiple awards. He uses the lens to explore life’s big questions, including the effect of conflict on both the physical and natural environment as well as on people and societies.
About Simon Norfolk
Simon Norfolk is an award-winning documentary photographer who often captures moments of war or crisis. His works have been collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Tate Modern in London.
Halfboy Stuart Pearson Wright, Artist
In a superbly entertaining and insightful session, Stuart Pearson Wright will explore his work and his method. Students will learn about the techniques, processes and inspiration behind his paintings and will be able to ask their own questions.
About Stuart Pearson Wright
Stuart Pearson Wright is one of the UK’s leading portrait artists. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and has won the National Portrait Gallery’s BP travel award. In 2001 he went on to win first prize in the BP Portrait Awards for his painting ‘Gallus gallus with Still Life and Presidents’. The National Portrait Gallery subsequently acquired his portraits of John Hurt, Adam Cooper and J K Rowling and since then his paintings have been exhibited across the globe. His work has recently extended to include film, sculpture and music.