About this day
For A-level, IB, Foundation and BTEC Level 3 students
This autumn sees Art in Action brought to you both live streamed and online. During this immersive day, students will have the chance to meet and hear from four leading contemporary artists working in different areas of art and design. Through their fascinating presentations, the artists will explore their unique creative journeys, what inspires them, and how they turn an idea into a work of art. There will be plenty of time for questions and students are guaranteed to leave inspired and brimming with ideas for their own work.
Programme & speakers
In the making Kate Malone, Ceramic artist
Kate Malone makes pieces from egg cups to seven-storey high building facades, from decorative arts to architectural ceramics and public art. She reveals how dedication and creativity led her on a long and slow journey to artistic success.
About Kate Malone
After studying at the RCA, Kate Malone has developed a practice in three areas: studio ceramics, public art, and glaze research. Awarded an MBE in 2019 for services to ceramics, she has recently been spearheading the Firedup4 charity project with Onside YouthZones, which aims to get clay into the hands of young people. She was also one of the original judges on Seasons 1 and 2 of ‘The Great British Pottery Throw Down’.
Making Things from Stuff Cathie Pilkington RA, Sculptor and figurative artist
Cathie Pilkington RA is a figurative sculptor known for making increasingly ambivalent forms which are often presented as elements in sprawling site specific installations. In this talk, she will reflect on the development of her complex practice and reconsider the exciting and anxious problems that sculpture faces if it is to find its place in a world of objects.
About Cathie Pilkington RA
Cathie Pilkington RA is a sculptor and figurative artist renowned for crafting increasingly ambivalent forms. Her sculptural practice combines the interrelated and antagonistic worlds of fine art and craft.
Halfboy Stuart Pearson Wright, Artist
In a superbly entertaining and insightful session, Stuart Pearson Wright will explore his work and his method. Students will learn about the techniques, processes and inspiration behind his paintings and will be able to ask their own questions.
About Stuart Pearson Wright
Stuart Pearson Wright is one of the UK’s leading portrait artists. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and has won the National Portrait Gallery’s BP travel award. In 2001 he went on to win first prize in the BP Portrait Awards for his painting ‘Gallus gallus with Still Life and Presidents’. The National Portrait Gallery subsequently acquired his portraits of John Hurt, Adam Cooper and J K Rowling and since then his paintings have been exhibited across the globe. His work has recently extended to include film, sculpture and music.
Conflict and crisis through the photographer's lens Simon Norfolk, Photographer
Simon Norfolk uses the lens to explore life’s big questions, including the effect of conflict on the physical and natural environment as well as on people and societies. He will talk about how he works, the challenges, techniques and rewards.
About Simon Norfolk
Simon Norfolk is an award-winning documentary photographer who often captures moments of war or crisis. His works have been collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Tate Modern in London.