What you will do
London is one of the best places in the world to look at art - but where exactly do you start? We invite you to come with us on visits to carefully selected exhibitions, where we will sample a wide range of artworks by living artists. There'll be friendly discussion and we'll encourage you to develop your own views. We'll also consider the 'behind the scenes' work of the curator. We will look at a variety of art forms – for example painting, sculpture, video, photography and sound-art. And we will consider a range of approaches: from the abstract to the recognizable; from the expressive to the conceptual (in which the idea behind an artwork is more important than the finished art object); and art that's commissioned as an integral part of architectural spaces. We will see art in many different types of gallery. From well-known places such as Tate Modern, funded by the taxpayer. Through to more experimental, publicly financed galleries in out-of-the-way locations. And on to what can at first seem rather intimidating for-profit galleries, from which the major collectors buy their art. And finally, we'll venture to DIY spaces in which younger artists stage exhibitions of their own work (it's how Damien Hirst started out).
Some of the art will be by tried-and-tested international artists. At other times we will be among the first people to see art that's just been made by complete unknowns, in our own city.
Art Trek will be unstuffy and we will avoid jargon. And we promise we won't impose our views on you. We will, instead, provide some background to the artists and exhibitions, give the art time and focus, consider the questions the art raises for us, and explore the different reactions of individuals in the group.
We will visit solo as well as group exhibitions, and consider how the work has been selected: perhaps according to approach, or period of time, or theme. But who decides what gets shown, and where, and how? And how does the work of one artist, but not another's, gain big audiences, the attention of the critics, and high prices? In order to begin to answer these questions, we'll investigate what's involved in staging exhibitions and examine the role of the curator.
Art Trek is an opportunity to gain confidence in looking at art, learning to appreciate and enjoy it in different ways. It's also designed to increase your understanding of the work of living artists, and to become comfortable talking about it - and perhaps even think about collecting it. At the same time, Art Trek will open doors to an exciting, creative and experimental side of London. And you'll meet Londoners with the same interests. Art Trek will be led by Angela Kingston, a curator of contemporary art since 1985. Her exhibitions typically include painting, sculpture, video and photography, and are based on themes that are devised to pull in the crowds, such as the underwater or the far reaches of the night. She also writes about art, most recently for a Royal Academy book about drawing from the nude model. www.angelakingston.co.uk
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About your host, Richmond School of Painting
The Richmond School of Painting provides painting and drawing classes for adults in Richmond.
The Richmond School of Painting focuses on painting from observation and students are encouraged to try our various media and approaches. Class sizes are never more than 15 to ensure that each student gets individual attention and guidance.
The school provides a relaxed environment where students feel they can take risks in their art without criticism while being stretched in unexpected and challenging ways.
Heading up the teaching is owner of the school, Guy Shoham, who graduated with a distinction from the M.A. programme at Chelsea College of Art before gaining a scholarship to attend the ‘Drawing Year’ at the Royal School of Drawing.
- A bus ride away from Kingston and Richmond stations.
Art Trek will take place in central London (zone 1 and 2).There will sometimes be additional ticket costs (mainly for museum's exhibition). Please come with comfortable shoes as we will sometimes visit more than one gallery per session.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.