The artists were very impressed with their intelligent questions and how they responded to their work. They even had a welding demonstration which is why they are all wearing the strange masks/helmets in the photograph below.
Hannah Robinson in Year 13 used the money she received for the Jack Petchey award to fund the trip and she had this to say:
Thanks to Ms Farrell and her kindly nominating me for the Jack Petchey award last term, I was able to put the money towards an incredible opportunity for the year 13 Art students. On the 1st October we were privileged to meet Mali Morris a painter and Royal Academician, plus Stephen Lewis, a sculptor in South East London at their studios in the APT Buildings. APT is an artist run charity whose aim is to promote the visual arts and maintain a secure place for artist to work in an increasingly hard economy. We were greeted by Mali, and led through the courtyard surround by the work of the sculptures based on the ground floor, which ranged from wire sculptures to metal cages. We were taken up to her light airy studio overlooking the local creek, something Mali takes great inspiration for colours from. She then went on to discuss her life as an artist, from the financial aspect, which was particularly interesting as it is something we are not exposed to at school, to the work of APT.
It was fascinating to discover her process of laying down block colours and working over them to create different effects with colours, plus the paper or canvas that she works on. Something that particularly struck me was how she worked on various paintings at once, and over such long periods of time. Mali was such an engaging person and after a really fascinating talk, with cake and juice, she took us down to the ATP gallery space, which is part of the charity. The space aims to promote artist work at a cheap hire rate for exhibitors; the current exhibition was by a curator whose aim was to engage people in art with a three part exhibition. The exhibition included a particularly fun piece by artist Sarah Kate Wilson titled ‘Unlucky,’ which engaged the viewer to touch and move the piece as they wished but based on the commands of three lights that coincided with the colours of the umbrellas.
We finished the day by visiting the studio of Stephen Lewis as sculptor who makes huge pieces of work out of steel. He was kind enough to show us the strength of arc welding with a demonstration. It was a fantastic trip and one that the whole class really enjoyed, a big thank you to the Jack Petchey foundation and Ms Parish the organiser as well as Ms Farrell who enabled this trip to happen.