On February 13th a select group of first and second year BA English students brazed the freezing cold, together with James Kenworth and myself for a tour of iconic and ever changing street art in Shoreditch.
We say everything: painted chewing gum, preserved Banksy satirical street art and newly painted graffiti; subtle and bold work; elaborate pieces and ‘anti-style’, old and new, expensive commercially commissioned murals and illegal vandalism.
All through the eyes of our tour guide, a local artist and illustrator who is closely connected and involved with the street art scene in London.
We even got a glimpse of some street artists that talked to us about their pieces!
This is just a small selection.
Last week many of our first year BA English students and tutors had a great study visit at the wonderful British Library.
Firstly we wandered through the ‘Treasures of The British Library’ exhibition and our students had to find answers to the following questions:
- Which author from Humpshire has some teenage writings on display in the library?
- Who received a letter from Charles Darwin that’s on display in the library?
- Why might that letter have been difficult to receive and read?
- Which work on display in the library contains the line ‘I’m not half the man I used to be’?
As our amazing students were equally good; the group that submitted the best photo of themselves in the library were declared winners.
So, this is the winning entry:
And these are the runners up:
We ended our visit in a magical way, at the enchantedly busy ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ exhibition.