Just for the Day is a presentation of drawings at The National Gallery by nine students studying on the MA Drawing course at Wimbledon College of Arts. The students are a diverse group originating from different countries such as the UK, India, China, Hong Kong, Portugal and Gibraltar and are from the varied previous practices of graphic design, publishing, fine art and watercolour painting.
Supported by Colin Wiggins, head curator of The National Gallery, their works have been made in response to their individual reflections in The National Gallery. Working across a diverse range of media, they have responded to either particular works in the collection, or to the galleries and environment of The National Gallery itself, and collectively demonstrate the impact of direct encounters with art of the past, on art of the future. They are making a wide range of references to the iconic great works inside the gallery such as Rubens, Reynolds, Titian and Degas, to the unnoticed tiled mosaic floors and the chatter of passers-by outside The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.
“We are very privileged as students to have this exciting opportunity and to be presenting our work alongside the Great Masters, in one of London’s most prestigious galleries. Having individual tutorials with Colin Wiggins where we discussed the work that we will be displaying has been inspirational and an experience I would not have wanted to miss,” explained student Georgina Talfana.
The presentation will be open to public viewing from 10am – 7.30pm in the Drawing Studio, situated on Level 1 of the Sainsbury Wing in The National Gallery on Friday 20th March 2015.