What is the course about?
This is a gallery-based course which aims to explore London’s contemporary art scene through visits to a range of galleries, from public to commercial and artist-led spaces. Sessions focus on how to read and understand contemporary art exhibitions in a range of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, video art and installation.
A full list of meeting places will be emailed to you at the start of the course.
What will we cover?
We will explore: the artist’s process and techniques; the input of the curator and whether the display is effective; how the venue affects the work; and any themes which emerge from the exhibition.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Examine the works of a broad range of artists in a variety of London gallery settings
- Differentiate between media used by artists in the work observed
- Identify the processes/techniques used by a range of artists
- Participate in discussions around successful and unsuccessful outcomes in the work observed with increased sophistication.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, handouts and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is visit-based. There will be introductions to the artist by the tutor and/or gallery staff with the opportunity for group discussion throughout. There will also be some pair/small group activities. There will be suggestions for background reading, but this is not essential.
Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the galleries that we visit so you might have to stand and to walk between objects.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There will be travel costs to the galleries.
You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class. You might want to invest in a portable gallery stool.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
VB156 / VB157 - Contemporary art in London
VB154 - Introduction to Tate Modern.