Art & Design Turner Prize Exhibition

On Thursday 29 October our S6 Art Portfolio class travelled down to Glasgow to view the 2015 Turner Prize Awards in the Tramway building. During our trip we also attended the Glasgow School of Art open day which conveniently landed during the same time that the Turner Prize was being displayed in the city. We spent the morning exploring many of the GSA departments and their buildings, including the newly built Reid Building; learning about what the courses entailed and meeting several of the highly regarded lecturers.

In the late afternoon we took a train to the Tramway building to view the prestigious Turner Prize Awards. As a class we were given a brief to follow out an artistic response to our favourite nominee. The art being displayed in the Tramway wasn’t conventional art such as a painting or a sculpture; instead the work presented was strongly conceptional, ranging from fur coats stitched to the back of chairs to inter-dimensional alien abduction reports. There are only 4 nominees running for the £25,000 cash prize and entry into the diverse and controversial world of art and the prize is to be presented in December.

As a class we had mixed feelings towards the artists and their ideas. I feel like we struggled getting into the open mind set of the artist’s reasoning for the way they had visualised their representation of art. A guide walked us around the displays and explained to us the concepts behind each as well as the methods used. The amount of vast creativity and inventive ideas were immensely inspirational to us all; even if the visual representation of the art didn’t ignite excitement, inspiration was still drawn from the artists disregard for conventional art.

Overall the day was both enjoyable and inspiring for me and my fellow classmates.

Liam Black (6S1)

Liam Black (6S1)


Thursday’s trip to The Glasgow School of Art Open Day and The Tramway Gallery proved to be both exciting and inspiring for staff and students involved.

The portfolio students took full advantage of this opportunity, allowing them to take part in activities, tour the campus grounds, listen to presentations from university tutors and ask questions. Although it was a long day of traveling I feel it was extremely worthwhile in confirming for students that Art School is a future path for them.

Students also visited The Tramway Gallery and took part in an educational tour looking at the Turner Prize 2015 Nominee’s. Again this event allowed students to reflect and created open dialogue of ‘what is Art’? Students are being asked to select one of the nominees and respond to their work.

I would like to thank Gillian Clark (the schools’ careers advisor) for accompanying me on this trip and for her vital input, also the GSA staff and students for making themselves so ready available and finally Anna Lehr at Tramway.

Mr Derek Sim – Acting Principal Teacher Art & Design

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