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Artist Lecture Visit at the Institute of Education:

On Wednesday 7th March 2018, six A Level photographers travelled from Leatherhead to Westminster to attend The Creative Process Art and Design study day at the Institute of Education. This event, designed for A Level, Foundation and BA (Hons) students gives well-renowned designers, craftsmen, photographers and artists a platform to share the context of their practice. Therfield’s A Level photographers attended presentations by: Hurvin Andreson, Simon Norfolk, Rebecca Wright and Cornelia Parker. Making notes and recording the speeches by these established practitioners enables students to evidence research and ideas gained for AO1 course (Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding – worth 25% of each unit). Students heard each practitioner discuss the context of their practice and research in talks lasting 50 minutes each.

Hurvin Anderson-

Anderson was the least comfortable of all the speakers, presenting his work to a large audience. However, students mutually agreed, they found his talk the most accessible to obtain ideas gained for their future endeavours. Harriet Austin explains Hurvin Anderson has inspired me to broaden my skills as a painter and expand it across new techniques and sizes of outcomes.’ Painting has always been a constant for Anderson throughout his life, as a child, during unemployment and whilst working in menial jobs. He sees his work as ‘looking into another world’, using photography to document trips abroad such as visiting his sister in the Caribbean. He returns home to the UK to work with the photographs, creating photomontages of the best parts of his imagery to produce an edited landscape, which he later paints on a very large scale.

Simon Norfolk-

Is a ‘conflict photographer’, best known for ‘recording the aftermath of conflict’ such as ‘the sound of glass breaking’ and has worked in war-torn regions like Afghanistan on and off for several years. He is especially interested in 15th and 16th Century painters such as Claude Lorrain and the Hudson Valley School of Painters. He made a series of photographs, which strive to respond and imitate to these painters and examples of these were presented during the lecture. He showed listeners work he created for ‘Project Pressure’ who commissioned him to document the effect of climate change on the Lewis Glacier on Mount Kenya. One of the images shown here, sees Norfolk playing a film he made whilst making his long exposure photographs (in which he maps out the glacier’s retreat with light).

Rebecca Wright-

Rebecca Wright is the Programme Director of Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins and co-wrote Design Diaries: Creative Process in Graphic Design. She was the curator of a show at the Wellcome Collection entitled ‘Can Graphic Design Change Your Life?’Therfield photographers heard Wright promote Graphic Design, giving examples of how it exists all around us, how it educates, informs, entertains and persuades, influencing how we experience and understand the world around us, yet it is still so easily overlooked. The talk revealed the role of Graphic Design and explored how we are a part of it, willing or not. Therfield students were stunned to have revealed to them the subliminal messaging within the FedEx symbol. The white arrow between the violet letter ‘E’ and the orange letter ‘x’, which subconsciously and cunningly informs us of the purpose of this company and what it represents.

Cornelia Parker-

Cornelia Parker’s work contains themes of gain and loss, and the presence of visual and verbal allusions enables the viewer to witness the transformation of ordinary objects into something compelling and extraordinary. She says ‘…sometimes you do not know what the end outcome will be – be brave’. Parker enjoys working with people outside of the studio who are not in the Art world; she prefers it this way as it can create further opportunities for the Art work to develop in ways, which are unforeseen. A lot of her work is about ‘process’ and she spoke of her creations being more about the undoing of things rather than the making of things. In 2016, Parker was the first female artist to be commissioned to create an Art work for the roof garden of the New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. She spoke of the journey she embarked upon to make her ‘Transitional Object (PsychoBarn)’ such as Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho Barn’, painting by Edward Hopper and the area of New York formerly known as New Amsterdam. A Therfield Photographer commented as a result of this talk ‘An idea I want to explore involves creating a film or exploring a photographic series on my own theme, like Cornelia Parker did as ‘Election Artist 2017’ when she was appointed by the Houses of Parliament.