Valerie Oliver

Planned Visit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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My two students are learning the concept of drawing studies in preparation of their final piece of work, which is a self-portrait. This will be their first time to visit the National Portrait Gallery and their second venture into the world of art. The trip was centred on displays that were free to experience. These displays included: Antony Gormley Object (1999) installation Fall (1999) a selection of drawings Picasso (1881-1973) Spotlight A Century of Photography (1840-1940) 27 portraits Late Victorian Britain: Cultural Pioneers Small intimate oil and watercolour portraits of…read more

Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison

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  Introduction On Saturday October 8th, 2016, I ventured into Reading via train to visit, Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison. I am tutoring two girls who are studying GCSE Art and to which I shared this experience along with one of the girl’s Mother. It was the girls first time to visit an art exhibition. The girls were instructed to bring their sketchbooks, which they had to use throughout their journey and during their walk through the exhibition space. I had them stop and draw certain aspects of…read more

Drawing Utopias

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I am excited to announce that I am exhibiting in a group show: Drawing Utopias from the 1st to the 11th of November 2016. All are welcome to the private view on November 1st at 6pm.  The credit for the invitation belongs to Iklectik Art Lab. I have discovered along the way, that I identify with post-structuralist’s and existentialist’s ideals and philosophy. The area of displacement within society is of interest and is portrayed within my work. This particular artwork explores my processes, visually capturing the process of working through…read more