Art in Edinburgh

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281104.jpgTwenty Sixth Year Art and design students from The Wallace High School, accompanied by Miss Margaret McPolin and Mrs Jane wheavil, recently spent a busy weekend in Edinburgh.

Following an early morning flight the Lisburn pupils were met by staff from Edinburgh Art College and taken on a tour. Louise Chambers commented, “It was great being able to meet current students and chat about their techniques and the College’s facilities.”

A trip to the National Gallery was next on the agenda . This was a highlight of the weekend for many pupils as they were given a personal tour by Mrs Linda McClelland , the former Head of Art and Design in Wallace who is now the Education Director of the Gallery. The Lisburn pupils also attended a very informative talk on artists such as Van Gogh and Velazquez.

Following a quick al fresco lunch the group visited the City Art Gallery

with its funfair displays then the Fruit Market Gallery for the “Somewhere, Everywhere, Nowhere” exhibition, containing the work of Northern Irish artist Willie Dogherty, His political photography was very thought provoking.

The Traverse Theatre’s modern and unusual drama “Zero Degrees and Drifting” was enjoyed by everyone , followed by a chance to experience the famous Edinburgh ghost walk through the City’s eerie vaults and closes.

Following a good night’s sleep the teenagers then explored the National Gallery of Scottish Art , taking a particular interest in the Andy Warhol installations.The group just had time for a quick visit to the National Portrait Gallery before catching their return flight.

Upper Sixth pupil Rachael Murphy concluded, ” It was a brilliant experience , capturing the cultural beauty of Edinburgh. It gave us all so much inspiration for our own studies and we’d all like to thank Miss McPolin and Mrs Wheavil for taking us.”

Last modified: December 4, 2004