Monday, 22 November 2010

Arty London

I went to several art galleries while I was there, those that didn't charge an entrance fee that is. Even so, some of the free ones had seperate exhibitions within the building which you had to buy a ticket for. I steered clear of those, and just walked around the free parts. £10 - £12 was a bit steep for me, a mere pensioner who can buy food for a week for that ;-)

There was an exhibition in the South Bank Centre entitled, 'Art By Offenders', it was really good, I was very impressed by the work on show. Every one had been created by a prisoner, an offender on a community sentence, a patient in a secure psychiatric hospital, an immigration detainee, or a UK citizen in custody overseas.

The Koestler Awards were founded in 1962 by Arthur Koestler, he was a political detainee on three occasions. This years awards attracted 5,619 entries, in 56 art forms. You can find out more about the Koestler Trust here.....

http://www.koestlertrust.org.uk/


These two exhibits were my favourites. A collage created with mainly tree air fresheners, the type you hang in your car. They are layered to give a 3D effect, it highlights the recycle theme.

I love this one, lots of two inch screws pushed through the fabric of a dress from the inside, perfectly in line and equally spaced. I love the idea of the softness and fragility of the fabric, supporting the hard and weighty screws. It looks so fashionable too.



More art later, to be continued........

3 comments:

  1. Nice. I like the metal flapper dress, lol.

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  2. How interesting, there was some beautiful work at the V and A done by prisoners, shown at the beginning of the year in the quilt exhibtion they had on. I do like the dress, rather punky I thought.

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  3. I'm with Sarina, I love the flapper dress. What a shame that many exhibitions charge so much for admission:( I guess it's to cover costs etc. I'm loving your posts on your trip. Linda xx

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