I went to the Art Gallery of NSW today. I haven’t been there in a while, in fact, since the last exhibition I attended. But this time it was on an excursion with my visual arts course.
(I don’t know if you can see it clearly here, but the Queen Mary 2 is docked in the background, and it seems to be almost as tall as the Art gallery and the hill it sits upon!!)
I can’t believe how many people were in those small exhibition rooms together, and how quiet they all were! The exhibition is full of some very beautiful artifacts, and it was amazing to see the warriors in real life. They are set up so you can see them without having to look through glass, which makes the detail so much easier to see.
We were there with our ceramics and drawing teachers, mostly to look at the ceramic decoration so we can apply some of the ideas to our work back in the classroom, but we will also have to write a review of the exhibition for art history.
After 1.5 – 2 hours in the exhibit we took a break in the Domain for lunch. I would love to have spent longer in the exhibition but we were shoulder to shoulder in there so it was good to get out. I love the area around the Art Gallery, with all the Moreton Bay Fig Trees. They grow into such amazing shapes, with wide spreading boughs.
After lunch we strolled around a couple of other free exhibitions – a painter, a sculptor and some Asian ceramics. None of them were quite as eye-catching as the Chinese warriors but it was great to walk around with our tutors and learn about the works.
We headed back towards Hyde Park around 2pm and had a drink in the park watching the chess game behind St James Station, surrounded by hungry pigeons, sea gulls and ibis’.
It was a really good day, and I can’t wait for the next excursion!