Brentwoodian 2022

ART TRIP TO LONDON It was supposed to be a lovely, warm day when we met at Liverpool Street for a day walking across London to encourage map use and navigation. We were meant to see the sites, experience the streets and have time to reflect upon all of the great art we were booked to see. But as we waited for our dedicated mix of years 11, 12 and 13 students the wind blew, the rain fell and the sun was nowhere to be seen. Still, we soldiered on, travelling instead by tube to Tate Britain to experience ‘The Procession’ by Hew Locke and the permanent collection before, alas tubing again, to Tate Modern. The Lubaina Himid exhibition was fabulous, a commentary on colonialism and historical/contemporary black British representation. Braving the improving elements we marched (quite literally as we were now behind schedule, the race was on!) to the National Gallery for our third and final stop of the day. Kehinde Wiley stole the show with his portraits of people of colour, set in traditional Old Master backgrounds. 42