All about the Art: Clare Twomey
Artist Clare Twomey opened the Putney High School GCSE and A Level Art and Design & Technology Exhibition. The evening successfully showcased the student’s imaginative work, reflecting their personalities and ambitions through a range of contemporary and traditional media, through to digital work, fashion and textiles.
Clare, an artist, researcher, and curator, also worked with Putney pupils during the day as part of our Annual Fund DICE series of art talks and workshops and she took the time to answer our questions.
inspired you when you were at school to study art further?
My mother was a dressmaker and pattern cutter, I always loved material, textures and the way it looked and moved. Art was an important part of my life growing up and was always extremely valued.
What do you think about the way the students are taught at Putney in regards to art?
The school has a personality, the art feels personalised to students. The art classes resonate reflects that the pupils are comfortable and confident. You can see that the teachers want them to understand the fullness of art, including how it can marry with architecture and literacy. Putney is a school about the journey, not just about the destination.
The work is meaningful but not flamboyant for the sake of flamboyance. It’s an openness that each student seems to possess. There is a sense of empowerment.
What’s one thing that art students should remember when learning art?
The base work is the most difficult when it comes to being an artist, but always remember to show “self-expression.”
If you reflect on your experiences so far, what are the three qualities that students would need to succeed in the art world?
Determination, to be themselves and to always be prepared to move forward and embrace the difficulties they may face.
Year 12 student Harriet Taylor was particularly excited to speak with Clare about what inspired her to create “Humanity in our hands”; a piece dedicated to the Holocaust in which her work was created and handed out on Westminster Bridge. “This resonates with the situations we have been facing recently and I’d like to know how she feels about this now, as the piece was conceptualised 5 years ago – yet is so relevant now.”
Charlotte Bluck, Head of Art and Art History, said: “Having an artist such as Clare at this exhibition inspires our students, giving the sense that anything is possible.”