On Monday evening, four of our Year 12 students travelled to the Helmsley Arts Centre to attended a talk from Elizabeth Strang, a guide at the Tate Modern and the Tate Britain, about the Turner Prize.

Ms Strang's lecture, entitled 'The Turner Prize: But is it Art?" covered the history of the Prize, and explored its less and more controversial recipients over the years. She focused primarily on the work of Grayson Perry and Anthony Gormley, an OA who won the Turner Prize in 1994 for his sculpture piece "Field for the British Isles".  

Rather than definitively answering the question at hand, Ms Strang took a different approach with her talk. Instead, she inspired everyone to think about the question for themselves and to come to their own personal conclusions. Perhaps more broadly, it gave everyone an opportunity to consider the meaning and significance of art to a deeper extent.  

Alice was particularly inspired by the talk and is now even thinking about focusing her EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) on this very question!  Meanwhile, Will described the trip as 'lots of fun and really inspiring'. It's wonderful to see that the talk was so well received and many thanks must go to Ms Strang for her fascinating insight and for sharing her knowledge and love of art with our students.