The Art Department had a thought-provoking outing with the Shells to Salisbury Cathedral on the 14th June, which is currently hosting a stunning exhibition of work by British sculptor, Sophie Ryder.
Set against and in the midst of this magnificent Early English Gothic Cathedral, Ryder's imposing Minotaurs and Lady Hares generated great discussion and interest. Her techniques and materials fascinated the boys and they were able to engage in the themes raised by this artist about femininity, family life and relationships between humans and animals.
The group then travelled to Swindon Art Gallery, which holds an excellent collection of Modern British Art, to see an exhibition of work by Eileen Cooper RA. Like, Sophie Ryder, Cooper's work explores the idea of the female experience through figurative pictures which are narrative in nature. Both artists are inspired by Picasso, Greek mythology and the Bible and the Radleians were able to draw interesting parallels between two artists working with very different media.