Crisis Skylight Birmingham clients develop critical eye at The New Art Gallery Walsall
Six homeless and vulnerably housed Crisis clients visited The New Art Gallery Walsall as part of a course to develop critical skills and informed opinions about art and culture last week.
The New Art Gallery in Walsall is the latest gallery visit for Crisis clients as they work towards an Arts and Culture qualification.
Clients were able to view pieces from artists such as Jacob Epstein and Isabel Rawthorne, whose Moving Bodies collection of abstract paintings of ballet dancers was a highlight. The Good Sport exhibition – designed to coincide with the Olympic Games and which includes photographs and paintings celebrating the spirit of taking part in the events – was also a key work of interest.
The visits – part of the ‘Art Trips and Artists’ classes over the last few months – have involved clients going to galleries and festivals across the West Midlands. The trips give clients an opportunity to explore a wide spectrum of art work from classic 17th century paintings, to contemporary installations by modern artists.
The classes are based at Crisis Skylight Birmingham, where clients can learn in a friendly environment, meet new people, and can gain a qualification in Arts and Culture. The course is run by Pamela Ginn and encourages observations such as those made by clients David King and David Foy, who noticed the careful positioning of the windows within The New Art Gallery’s architecture which perfectly frames views of the town.
Next month’s visit will be to The Royal Academy in London.