On Tuesday I had the privilege of taking twenty two Archer students to The Saatchi Gallery for a guided tour and an artist workshop.  The current exhibition, PANGAEA II: NEW ART FROM AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA really got the students thinking about the difference between fine art and conceptual art.  A particular favourite was ‘Everything Must Go’ by Jean-François Boclé, a sea of inflated blue plastic bags, a memorial to lives lost at sea during the transatlantic slave trade.      2

Another highlight was ‘Hermes Wanderland’.  This exhibition was inspired by ‘flanerie’, the art of urban wandering, each room presented a series of installations in various media, created by a diverse selection of artists. 

I was hugely impressed by every student who came on the trip, not only was their behaviour perfect but they contributed interesting observations throughout the tour and created some outstanding collages based on Federico Herrero’s paintings. Both myself, the students and Miss Nerissa had a fantastic time!

This is what some of our students said;

“I can’t even put into words my excitement when we reached the gallery; the entrance awaited us.  We explored different genres of art, including a room filled with oil. Overall the trip was mind-blowing!” Akira, Yr8



“My favourite part of the trip was a floating tree made of wire and paper mache.  I think The Saatchi gallery is the best gallery I have ever been to!” Liv, Yr8

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“Our trip to The Saatchi Gallery was definitely a day to remember.  We were all inspired and memorised by every piece of art we saw! We especially enjoyed our adventures through ‘Wanderland’, where we viewed many unique instillations such as ‘The café of forgotten objects’. In this room you could look into bottles and see the sky! We enjoyed this trip very much and would definitely go again and recommend it to others.’ Hannah G and Ella C, Yr7.


Kat Gold, Head of ADT