Want to lose
yourself in centuries of political and religious conflict and dark mysteries
locked in snapshots from the past? Then the National Gallery in London is just
the place for you. With an enormous collection of stunning artworks spanning
over half a millennia, this is an amazing experience. No matter how many times
I’ve been there, I haven’t even scratched the surface of the passion, the love,
the hatred, the rebellion, the political intrigue and the social and emotional
commentary that’s behind the huge collection of art in the National Gallery.
In this episode,
we talk with Caroline Smith, head of educational programs at the National
Gallery and explore how they engage students in one of the most amazing
galleries in the world.
From the early
Renaissance to legendary artists such as Monet and Van Gough and stunning works
which take up entire walls, this is something which will awe and inspire
students in ways that the classroom can never replicate.
information on the educational programs at the National Gallery checkout:
Coffee is well worth seeking out as you will struggle to get a decent coffee
anywhere in the UK. However, the coffee here is amazing and some of the best
coffee I’ve had in the world! Just go there and try it. You’ll know what I
What happens when you collect a lot of random stuff? Well, if you only have a small house, you get called a hoarder. However, if you have massive amounts of money and can build an enormous building to put all your stuff in, then you’re called a philanthropist. Queen Victoria and her husband Albert, happened to be the latter. The V&A has an astounding collection of rare and unique artefacts from around the world.
In this episode, we talk with Adrian Deakes, Program Manager For Theatre & Performance for schools at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. We explore how the V&A leverages its collection and industry partnerships to bring some unique and valuable experiential learning to life for theatre students, including Shakespeare In A Suitcase, which is a super cool and challenging experience!
Where’s your creative space? Is it in a place filled with movement and noise, a quite retreat away from everything, or do you have random moments of creativity whilst out surfing?
In this episode, we talk with Mary Preece, Education Manager for Bundanon Trust, Arthur Boyd’s former property nestled on the banks of the Shoalhaven River. The Trust was set up after the famous artist donated the land and much of his private collection to the Australian people. We talk about various experiential education programs based around art and the environment which the Trust runs as part of its great educational work.
We also explore how spaces and environment impact on a student’s focus, feeling and expression. We recorded this podcast at a number of locations around the property, which was a highlight for me, seeing inside the artist’s studio, just as he left it.