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Contemporary Art London for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Contemporary Art London for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Sarah Sparkes


Contemporary Art London for 16 -18 year olds will allow you an insider's view of the London art world. You will visit the best of London's major art galleries and museums, hidden art trails, public art, artists studios, alternative art spaces and unusual one-off events. This course is open to everyone and is specifically designed to provide inspiration for aspiring artists, designers, curators, art theorists and writers. The aim of this course is to create a research journal inspired by your experience in London. This journal can become an integral part of your portfolio demonstrating your understanding of the art world and contemporary art theory, showing where you have found inspiration, the development of your ideas and how your work relates to that of existing artists. Your research journal will be full of what you find inspiring, useful bits of knowledge and theory, critical responses to the artwork have seen and experienced, texts, drawings and new ideas. This sort of research is essential to any art student and will give you important study skills for your future education, including original ways to put together ideas and information, developing a critical opinion with confidence and awareness, and how to respond creatively to artworks. This course is suitable to students of all levels.

Please note: This course is for students aged 16 to 18 years old only

Tutor Description

Sarah Sparkes is an artist and independent curator whose practice explores the immaterial and how this may be visualised. Since 2008 she has run the curatorial research project GHost. She has organised numerous collaborative and solo projects, working with both U.K. and international artists and realising ambitious events and exhibitions in both public and private spaces - including the London Art Fair and Folkestone Triennial. She holds an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts and between 2009 - 2011 was a Research Fellow at the University of London. As well as leading and curating a number of visual arts projects, she frequently exhibits her own work which encompasses installation, painting, performance and film. She was the 2015 the winner of the MERU Art*Science Award, recently had a solo exhibition with New Art Projects. A qualified HE Lecturer, she has taught within both academic and non-academic environments and is currently lecturing in Fine Art and Independent Curating at a number of London institutions including Tate Modern and University of the Arts. She lectures and has published widely on her own practice and curatorial projects.

Take a look at Sarah's website


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Sketchbook
  • A selection of pens and pencils
  • Something coloured - pencils, crayons, felt-tips (whatever you enjoy using)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Rubber
  • Pritt stick
  • Scissors (small paper scissors - not sharp ones, just for paper)
  • Travel/Oyster Card
  • A digital camera for recording research is always useful
  • A good pair of comfortable shoes as there will be plenty of visits and walking involved

Please note that you will be carrying everything around galleries so it is best not to bring anything to big or heavy

Available dates

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