Event review: The Emerge exhibition at the BRIT school

By - Wednesday 14th March, 2018

Young artistic energy on display in a fascinating exhibition of students’ work

‘Masking An Identity’ by Lily Walters.
Photo author’s own.

Walking briskly, we made our way into the BRIT school building. My mother and I have a tendency to mill about when we should be making our way somewhere. so we were lucky to make to the exhibition because we were running late. Before we even stepped in, it was bustling with students, adults, and children alike.

I glanced at the wall and saw a poster that explained the point of the gallery. It was about the many inequalities that women face in the 21st century. Whether or not you agree with the premise of the exhibit, you can still appreciate the talent and creativity that went into making these pieces. We hadn’t really given ourselves enough time to fully take in the artwork around and hear from the students, which we found frustrating.

My mother’s favourite piece was ‘Masking An Identity’ (pictured) by Lily Walters. Walters was inspired by the failure to recognise the work of women in running services in Britain whilst men were away fighting in the Second World War. The work is a woman’s face with 3D triangles incorporated into her features which create a mask and conceal her identity. She likes the image because she finds it disturbing. She feels that it dehumanises the woman and reflects the historical experiences of all women.

She made something so dull an original piece of art

‘The Daily Commute’ by Celona Arun.
Photo author’s own.

My favourite piece was ‘The Daily Commute’ (pictured) by Celona Arun. Arun was inspired by how dull the daily commute is and that it is an endless cycle that’s quite muted and tedious. She drew it with a mouse to further emphasise the shaky motion of drawing on a bus which she, herself experiences on her commute. She’s recorded the common niches of daily commutes and how the little things that people do, like reading a certain newspaper or always sitting in the same bus seat, can make the boring commute their own. I liked the image because she made something so dull an original piece of art that was thought out and interesting.

Something I noticed was that the atmosphere at the exhibition was vibrant and energetic. There was a large stage at the front that stuck out and was noticeable as soon as we walked in. Students had been talking to the crowd about different pieces of artwork and what certain pieces meant to them. But I wasn’t there for the entire duration so I don’t know exactly what had been said. I was sorry that we had missed this as it would have deepened our understanding of the art that we saw on display. When people weren’t talking at the top of the gallery, there was also music playing, which really worked in creating a pleasant ambience.

The BRIT School is famous for the performing arts and perhaps still less well known for its Visual Art and Design courses. I would highly recommend going to exhibitions at the BRIT school as the creativity that the school’s artists can produce is definitely a sight to see!

Rufus Jones

Rufus Jones

Rufus is in year 10 at Archbishop Tenison's School, Croydon. He has a passion for art and design and a keen interest in history and writing, taking after his father. In his spare time he enjoys gaming.

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