Earlier this month, the Fourth Year GCSE Art students from Trinity, Croydon, went up to London to see a range of the latest exhibitions, and pay a special visit to a recent alumna.

Tamsin Golding (Class of 2015) is now an Associate Specialist in Modern British & Irish Art at Sotheby’s London. She kindly gave the artists a great insight and behind-the-scenes look into the famous international auction house.

The students enjoyed hearing all about Tamsin’s journey since leaving Trinity and how her time in the Art Department inspired her to go off and study Art History at Cambridge before completing a Master’s degree at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Tamsin has also worked for Christie’s in London and Singapore, as well as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and Tate Modern. A truly inspiring journey! She was happy to share details of her experiences with our current art students and we thank her for her time

From here, the Fourth Years visited some of the most famous galleries in Mayfair before heading to the Royal Academy’s Entangled Pasts exhibition. This exhibition brings together over 100 major contemporary and historical works as part of a conversation about art and its role in shaping narratives of empire, enslavement, resistance, abolition and colonialism – and how it may help set a course for the future. The work on display is truly incredible and not only shows an excellence through its technical control but also its conceptual and emotional intelligence. 

To wrap up what had already been an inspirational day, the students then visited Christie’s Auction House and were able to sit in on a live day auction. It was remarkable to see and hear the excitement this generated, and how the day had changed a few minds as to the viability of taking a passion all the way. 

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