New Voice Projects, the online platform set up by the young people of York for the young people of York, rides again this summer with the internationally well-regarded York Art Gallery first on their bucket list. Says co-director Tilly Lindsell, “It’s the perfect place to start. Much of what happens culturally in York is inspired by the kind of energy harnessed by York Art Gallery, namely the intersection of the traditional and the hi-tech.” Tilly was joined by New Voice Projects reporters Daisy Mason and Herbie King, both Year 10 students of Milthorpe High. The welcome offered by the York Art Gallery team was much appreciated by Daisy, no stranger to the gallery and its exhibitions:
“Beautifully arranged, the spotlight focusing on each piece really helps to enhance the artwork along with the range in sizing, which makes each piece of art visually appealing and stand out individually. The portraits are so old that you can see cracking within the paint, which allows us to understand how old things can be and yet still be preserved perfectly. The compositions of the buildings within the paintings of landscapes, are very visually satisfying and proportionate, including interesting structures. The portraits displayed in the gallery also manage to capture emotions perfectly, almost as if frozen in time.
I also enjoyed the virtual reality facility, as it really plays a part in showing raw emotion, it transports you into a different place, with different surroundings.”
Daisy’s previous trip to the gallery included vintage carousel horses, little soldiers, a dollhouse and some portraits. “They were very pleasing to look at partly because it’s quite mind-blowing to see such beautiful things preserved so well. There was also a display with lots of bowls, this was quite crazy to see as it must have taken hours to complete.”
Daisy’s colleague Herbie focused on the current exhibition:
“In the gallery, there’s a section based on people facing a struggle. The section shows refugees and seems to reflect on the emotions and difficulties which they go through with their homes being destroyed. This area seems and feels heavy and quite serious, based around Syria and the destruction of places where the local people once felt safe.
I particularly liked a striking piece of art by Simon Periton called The Anonymous Rose. It’s simply a rose which is displayed in such a manner containing so many colours, textures and materials that it appears to have a deeper meaning, due to the colours used appearing quite dark, it seems to have quite a dark, negative feel which contrasts the concept of it being a delicate rose.” Herbie is also impressed with the more traditional aspects of the gallery
“Personally, my favourite section was the architecture as I have an interest in that field of work. The artist used different variation of techniques to show the area surrounding the building.”
“In the Georgian section, there was a deep and meaningful picture of a girl in all black, crying maybe. Showing the struggle people went through at that moment in time as they weren’t as medically advanced as today’s society.
There are very powerful photographs of people in their uniforms, which show how we don’t get to know the people behind their uniform, but only recognize them for their service. Quite a powerful message. There’s also a powerful photo of a girl who is more focused on her phone than the world around her, which symbolizes the world which we live in. This area of the gallery creatively captures and portrays the environment we live in today and our priorities as a society.”
Both students pledge to return to the gallery. Says Daisy, “I would definitely return because I have grown up around art and it feels homey to walk through and see such wonderful creations, I feel that some people struggle to visit art galleries because they may feel bored or even intimidated, you don’t have to be good at art to appreciate good art. Art seems to be an escape from reality, you can feel different emotions and even picture yourself inside the art work.”
Read our next blog post for Tilly’s response