As part of our curriculum our students are encouraged to join us on numerous day trips. We feel strongly that it is only by getting out of the studio and totally submerging our students in a world of design, art and creativity that we will be truly giving the students a head start in their path of furniture making. We visit exhibitions in disciplines such as contemporary art, design, architecture, craft and sculpture. It may not immediately seem relevant to furniture making but the more exposure students can get, the more of an impact it will inevitably have. Visits to other workshops such as Edward Barnsley workshop and Yannick Chastang are among our day trips.
Students visits last year to museums included:
London V & A for the new furniture floor.
Musée d'Orsay, Paris - excellent section on Art Nouveau.
Les Arts Décoratifs Paris, by far one of the best displays of furniture through the years, coming right up to date.
Tate Modern, London, always an interesting stop for sculptural forms.
Our location, with London only an hour away on the train means we are able to go regularly. Exhibitions have in the past included:
Barbican's Bauhaus Art as life, August 2012
Pavilion of Art and Design, London 2011, Paris 2012