Where possible we try to get our students out of the confines of the Art & Design Department to see the work of artists, designers and craftspeople at first hand. If this is not possible then we endeavour to get practitioners into the art studios to lead and inspire students.
We do this in a variety of ways. We organise trips to local, national and international museums and art galleries. These are to see special exhibitions or to see a collection as a whole. These are mainly targeted at examination students although we have taken younger students out to local venues. Where possible we try to relate the exhibition to the work that they are currently doing or use it as a starting point at the beginning of a new project.
Students get an opportunity in the Sixth Form to visit the museums and art galleries of Paris although we have run other trips in the past to Berlin, Amsterdam, Prague, Florence and Sienna.
Recently we have started to take our Lower Sixth students to Cornwall or Liverpool on alternate years. This is a residential course giving students the opportunity to see work at first hand and to research different areas of study at the start of their AS course. These have proved highly successful and have led to some really strong portfolios of work.
There are regular visits to London to see the major collections. These in the past have included:
The Tate Modern, The Tate Britain, The Courtauld Institute, The Royal Academy, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Gallery, The Crafts Council, The ICA, The National Portrait Gallery, The Horniman Museum, The Dulwich Picture Gallery, The British Museum, The Hayward Gallery, The British Crafts Centre, The Craftsmen Potters Association as well as numerous smaller venues and collections.
Outside London we visit other collections which are usually within a days drive. These have included: The Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford, The Ashmolean Museum Oxford, The Holbourne Museum Bath, The American Museum Bath, The Bath Museum of Costume, The City of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, The Cass Foundation Chichester, The Russell Coates Museum Bournemouth and The Henry Moore Foundation Perry Green.
We are also very keen to support our local museums and art galleries which have both permanent collections and touring exhibitions. They provide a range of talks, lectures and workshops on a variety of different subjects. These venues have included: The Salisbury City Museum, The Salisbury City Art Gallery, Devizes Museum, Andover Museum, Salisbury City Arts Centre and Roche Court New Arts Centre.
We encourage the students to see and talk to local artists, designers and craftspeople. The best way of achieving this is to explore one of the many local festivals and Arts Trails that radiate around the Salisbury area at various times of the year. These include: The Salisbury Arts Trail, The Wylye Valley Arts Trail and The Hampshire and Dorset Arts Trails. In addition we make a regular visit, in June, to see the work of the graduate student textile exhibition at East Berkshire College.