Yesterday we were at the National Gallery for the first part of a workshop relating to the collection. The brief for the workshop was:
This is a workshop that encourages you to find an entry point into a vast national collection of historical art work. The workshop takes place in stages over time with an outcome of presenting your work in The Drawing Studio at The National Gallery.
Artists often make responses to art of the past. This is what you are being encouraged to do with this workshop. You will spend sometime looking at the collection, introduced to you by Colin Wiggins, who heads up the educational department at the museum.
You are being asked to make a connection to something in the collection – or possibly the idea of a collection – or the architecture of the museum
Whatever the entry point is it has to be something that you can relate to your own practice in some way.Take this as your starting point for a new work that you can present in some way in the Drawing Studio later in the spring.
I want to explore how architecture guides the viewer and helps to determine what you see and how you experience it. This came up in Colin Wiggins’ discussion of The Incredulity of St Thomas, c 1502-4, by Giovanni Battista Cima de Conegliano.
When we went to the Espresso Bar for tea, I noticed the same lines of columns leading people towards the espresso counter.
And just as I was turning to leave, I spotted a series of arches framing the way to the Ladies.
Art, coffee/tea, the Ladies – everything you need for a day out.