On Tuesday Year 13 Art students visited the Barbican Centre and the Whitechapel Gallery. At the Barbican they were able to learn about the sculptural installations of Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi who incorporates both Japanese and Western visual elements in his work. Students also experienced the sound installation of Shilpa Gupta, a Mumbai based artist whose work raises urgent questions around censorship and resistance.
At the Whitechapel Gallery students were treated to an array of contemporary ceramics, including the large scale ceramic installations of Theaster Gates and Simone Fattal. Yoko Ono’s Mend Piece was a highlight: visitors were invited to take broken fragments of cups and saucers along with simple materials for repair – scissors, glue, twine and tape. After ‘mending’ the pieces, students’ contributions were put on display as part of a larger installation.