By Kirstie McKernan, student at The Perse School, Cambridge
Earlier this month I was delighted to attend the Mayfair Art Weekend. The sun was shining and London was framed in its full glory on such a beautiful day. With a range of events on through out the weekend, the central hub of all things art was the Royal Academy; with the RA courtyard offering a place to eat, drink and listen to music while engaging in creative workshops, discovering site-specific installations and performances through out the whole weekend.
Where ARTiculation played a key role, was in the very popular “on the bean bag” talks, that were hosted alongside Tim Marlow. The variety of topics provided in both conversation and questioning, opened a dialogue between everyone attending the events. At 1:30 a range of ARTiculation Alumni, proceeded to go in to discussion with Tim Marlow about their own artistic journeys and their views on art. With Alumni ranging from Fine Artists to Historians, a broad and careful understanding was brought to the table for all those to hear in the courtyard. Covering topics from perception of art, to the importance of art in a 21st Century academic syllabus, it really highlighted the curiosity that ARTiculation tries to capture.
Surrounding the talks were a number of activities, encouraging involvement in art. From collaging to printing, it was all go in the RA’s courtyard. Another spectacle for the weekend was the Schools show, that was exhibited at the RA. With emphasis on current topics such as social media, body image and technology, the exhibition was a very forward thinking, innovative showcase of some very talented work. If you had the time to see it, I’s sure you’ll agree that it was a truly magnificent collection of art.
Just around the corner, Burlington Arcade was the pin point for Mathilde Nivet’s wonderful installation piece, reminding fellow Londoners to “keep looking up”. The array of intricate butterflies danced around the ceilings of the arcade, transforming it into a summertime haven for shoppers and commuters. If there was one thing that I took away from the weekend, it is that art is everywhere and any shape and form. Through discussion and curiosity, barriers can be broken down and a common theme is able to bring everyone together, even in the busiest capital city around.