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300 creative students visit Anthony Gormley Exhibition

25th November 2019

The Access 25 Art Programme gave 300 creative students the opportunity to visit the highly acclaimed exhibition by sculptor Anthony Gormley

BNP Paribas’ AccessArt25 programme, gave students aged 17-25 the chance to explore the work of internationally-acclaimed British sculptor Antony Gormley for free at the Royal Academy of Art. The exhibition focused on Gormley’s early works, multiple drawings and wall to wall immersive installations. There were also sound installations, interactive digital art and a film screening of a documentary exploring the artist’s work.

The free event was open to up to 3000 students and 300 of our very own Art & Design students from Barking & Dagenham College went to experience the exhibition and were chosen for a very special workshop led by Gormley.

The programme included three specially-curated evening events that took place on 14 October, 18 November and 25 November 2019. Throughout all three evenings students could participate in zine making, clay workshops and iPad drawing classes, as well as listen in on a series of talks from arts professionals, offering insight and advice to those looking for a career in the arts.

BNP Paribas AccessArt25 is the first of its kind in terms of a corporate supporter providing free access to exhibitions specifically for young people and aims to make art more accessible to students aged as well as to encourage the discovery of major art venues and places. The initiative was launched in 2018 as part of BNP Paribas’ three-year support for the Turner Prize, where it proved to be highly successful.

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