Week 6 a conversation with Oska. Professional location of practice 01.03.20
My youngest and I were just having a conversation about art, or rather art galleries. My brother had popped round and this was the way the conversation went….
“I don’t like art galleries they are boring” .
“Yes. Well some are boring.Others aren’t”
“Why is that? Which ones?”
“Well, some are boring, like Picasso, he was boring, he just had art on the walls, and you have to look at it for ages.” (he is referring tot he Picasso museum in Paris)
“What about the shark and the ball painting Oska, do you remember that?”
“You loved that painting” (I then found him a photo of us taken in front of this painting in 2015 and 2017)
“Well, I like some of them” “I just don’t like being in there for ages.”
“So you have liked some art galleries then?”
“Yes” “I think an hour is enough though”
“What about the Van Gogh light exhibition in Arles, did you like that?”
“Oh YES! That one was brilliant!” ”I like it when theres different things to do in there, not just paintings to look at”
“Like the audioguides app at centre Pompidou”
“Yes that was really good, and the app at the museum with the sculptures outside, I like probably 50% of scultures” (He’s talking about the Rodin gardens)
“I like sculpture gardens, that one I went to with Jacob, where you can sit in the sculptures”
“You mean the Barbara Hepworth museum?”
“Yes that, that one. I like it there, just sitting outside with the art is nice”
After this we then discussed different exhibitions he had been to, that it turned out he didn’t actually view as exhibitions such as the interactive Oliver Jeffers interactive exhibition at the writers block in Cornwall, and the Winnie the pooh exhibition at the V&A that we went too together , that had things such as rivers on the floor made out of a light projection, he explained he loved these but they “aren’t normal exhibitions” , so thats it, what I need, is to be not a ‘normal’ exhibition.
In the image below I really like the way the art is both on the actual walls, and then framed prints, memorabilia and art is placed on top of the walls as well, it’s blurs the lines between what is art, and what is everyday for the children. I obviously think that it is really important for children to see art as as accessible as possible, and something that is theirs and belongs to them, that they can interact with and experience at their own pace, in their own way. This will hopefully bridge the gap between children and art not being as accessible to some families or communities, something galleries and museums are making huge strides in doing at the moment.
In the V&A this summer there is the Alice in wonderland exhibition , curiouser and curiouser that will include artworks by Salvador Dali , Julia Margaret Cameron, Peter Blake and Joseph muHugh, as it is their big summer exhibition, I can’t wait to see how they are going to of maximised the potential to bring in families over the summer holidays with this. The idea of bringing artists like Dali, and photographers like Cameron into the sphere of children’s education through an avenue like Alice in wonderland is brilliant, as it brings in new and unseen before artists in accessible, and familiar ways, so it’s an almost more gentle introduction.
There is a curator talk on the 26th June which I am considering joining the V&A as a member to be able to access, as I think it will be invaluable in getting insight into running this kind of an exhibition, curated and created with children at the heart of it. There is also the professional development course , staging the exhibition curiouser and curiouser in September. That gives an amazing background look into the compiling and running of the exhibition, including the logistics of running the exhibition (See image below) that I may book a place on as well.
This conversation was really important to me, as knowing how children feel about galleries and experiencing art is of the utmost importance to my project. If the children who come to this exhibition, aren’t enjoying it as children (as opposed to how adults interact with art which is certainly different and less instinctual), then I haven’t achieved my goal. Home education, is for me, all about embracing the ways children learn, and making it all as fun as possible, if it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing in THAT particular way, and a new way can be found, that is my ethos when it comes to our own childrens’ education, and certainly when it comes to this project and it’s final consumption. I am going to keep these conversations going, both with my own children (and as they are such varying ages 9-18years old that will be perfect) and with other children of both friends and family, and also within the local home education community , to see what insights they, and their parents can give into how this exhibition would best work.
Victoria and Albert museum.2017. Inside the Winnie-The-Pooh; exploring a classic exhibition. Available at https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/inside-the-winnie-the-pooh-exploring-a-classic-exhibition (Accessed 01.03.20)
Victoria and Albert museum.2017. Alice; Curiouser and curiouser. Available at https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/alice-curiouser-and-curiouser (Accessed 01.03.20)
Victoria and Albert museum.2017. professional development course , staging the exhibition curiouser and curiouser V&A. Available at https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/oJ23vyEj/staging-the-exhibition-alice-in-wonderland-sep-2020 (Accessed 01.03.20)
Fig 1, Victoria and Albert museum , Whinnie the pooh exhibition 2017. Available at https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/inside-the-winnie-the-pooh-exploring-a-classic-exhibition (Accessed 01.03.20)
Fig 2 professional development course , staging the exhibition curiouser and curiouser V&A. Available at https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/oJ23vyEj/staging-the-exhibition-alice-in-wonderland-sep-2020 (Accessed 01.03.20)