John Willmott School

6th Form Art & Photography visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery/Ikon Gallery

On Wednesday 21st March 2018 the Art and Photography sixth form students visited an exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art gallery called Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity. It was a major exhibition exploring modern and contemporary art works that have clear links to LGBT history and visual culture.

We also visited the opening day of the exhibition at the Ikon Gallery looking at the work of artists Langlands & Bell, Rie Nakajima and Clement Cogitore. The work we explored was contemporary, playful and exciting.

Natalia Hewakowska – Year 12 Fine Art Student

The exhibition was a wonderful experience which allowed me to gain new ideas and expand my art knowledge. One thing that stood out to me the most was Grayson Perrys Coming work titled “Claires coming out dress”. It was a fantastic idea of portraying coming out: sexuality, gender and identity. Also, the work by Vanley Burke and Keith Vaughan caught my attention and inspired my own work. I am looking forward to visiting other exhibitions.

Peter Veres – Year 12 Fine Art Student

I found the artwork in the gallery interesting even though some of the pieces were a bit odd and unusual. It is always good to see new ideas and styles of work that I can use to inspire me.

Students were encouraged to explore the themes in the work; making notes and drawings and finding inspiration for their own work. A great day was had by all.

Mrs Balnaves - Head of Art