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The Turner Contemporary Gallery

Year 5 and 6 trip to The Turner Contemporary

A group of year 5 and 6 pupils travelled to The Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate to take part in a series of workshops inspired by the artist Phyllida Barlow. The children enjoyed looking at ,as well as discussing her large-scale sculptural works .We also took part in workshops led by the gallery navigators, where the children had opportunities to use their imagination and open their minds as artists do.

Phyllida Barlow uses everyday materials such as plywood, scrim, concrete and polystyrene to create sculptures. The children used their wonderfully creative imaginations to work out what these art works resembled. They gave their own suggestions as to what these large scales forms could be: things from the real world – houses, stages, fences –even ice cream cones! Barlow’s sculptures were described as “playful, imperfect and unstable looking, with layered, bulky and textured surfaces” by some of Green Park’s pupils .

 Fascinated with how recycled and waste items can be used to make things of beauty, we returned to school and worked hard in groups to create our own sculptures. We used discarded items on the theme of our disappearing planet.


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