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Artists are schools’ latest big draw
A decade ago fierce competition between private schools escalated into an arms race over facilities. No self-respecting head teacher could face parents without a new swimming pool, theatre or science block to boast about. Since the financial crash, the must-have thing for independent schools has become hiring an artist-in-residence.
They paint, draw, sculpt, cast or sew themselves into the fabric of school life with their hands-on demonstrations, workshops, seminars and exhibitions, oozing energy and creativity as role models for budding artists. Pupils, and more importantly parents, seem to love them. So popular has the idea become that it has spawned resident writers, poets, even orchestras, and morphed beyond the creative arts to embrace engineers-in-residence and entrepreneurs.
Selfies are about more than mere narcissism, new Saatchi Gallery art exhibition will show
From Selfie To Self-Expression exhibition aims to show the “creative potential” of the self-portrait, according to the gallery’s chief executive, Nigel Hurst. It also intends to demonstrate that creating and curating images of ourselves has long been a compelling human desire – and needn’t be dismissed as 21st century narcissism simply because it’s so often done with a mobile phone in a matter of seconds these days. Rembrandt’s arm isn’t awkwardly reaching out towards the side of the frame in his famous self-portraits, and he had to use a delicate mastery of oil paints rather than an Instagram filter to achieve his desired look. Nevertheless, the exhibition aims to show connection between modern exploration of self-portraits, such as works by Tracey Emin and Juno Calypso, and the Old Master and his paintings.
Barbican to boldly explore the history of science fiction with new exhibition
Sci-fi fans will join Star Wars obsessives and Star Trek convention veterans at the new Barbican blockbuster show, which includes Darth Vader’s mask from Star Wars, the spacesuit worn by John Hurt in Alien and Leonard Nimoy’s Spock costume from Star Trek.
The building will be transformed for about three months with hundreds of exhibits ranging from contemporary art, including a prototype for a spacecraft suspended from the ceiling, to film clips, books, posters and props. The show stretches back to 18th-century novels Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver’s Travels, which guest curator Patrick Gyger said were “proto science fiction” and on to Ridley Scott’s 2015 film The Martian. He added: “Science fiction takes people on a journey and we want this exhibition to take them on a journey as well. It is about a sense of vision and perspective. It is like being at the horizon standing on tip-toe and just looking beyond the horizon and saying, ‘This is what we know, let’s go a bit further beyond what we know’.”
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