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  • Young Art Leader's visit Phyllida Barlow's studio

Ahead of Phyllida Barlow representing Britain at the 2017 Venice Biennale, one of the art world’s most prestigious events, she received a studio visit from Turner Contemporary’s Young Art Leaders.

The Young Art Leaders have been part of the gallery’s Art Inspiring Change programme which brings together 70 children aged 4 to 11 from four local primary schools. Over 18 months, they have worked with artists, Thanet District Council, the team at Turner Contemporary, a philosopher and the wider community to take the lead and reimagine four neglected sites across Margate.  

As Barlow’s work is exhibited at Turner Contemporary this summer, the Young Art Leaders travelled to her studio to compare notes on creativity. On entering the space - which is filled with towering sculptures in progress, colourful remnants and avenues of unshapely cement - exclamations of delight were met with a welcome from Barlow herself.  

The Young Art Leaders questioned Barlow about her practice with ideas like “where do you get your titles from?” They also posed bigger, surprising challenges like “if your artwork could talk what would it say?” and “is a sculpture still a sculpture if it’s in a cupboard?” Taking a moment to think, Barlow answered warmly; “A sculpture in a cupboard is an extraordinary thing – it’s something that’s taking over but it’s not a pair of shoes and it’s not pots and pans -  it’s a not thing!”

Watch the video of the Young Art Leader’s Studio Visit here:

Phyllida Barlow’s ‘Folly’ is on show at the Venice Biennale until 26th November 2017:

Her work is also in show at Turner Contemporary until 24th September:

The Young Art Leaders’ sites will be unveiled on Saturday 8th July. Join us for an extraordinary :

This film was made by Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann

The music was created by:

Travel to London was supported by Southeastern trains. 

Posted by: Turner Contemporary on Tue 13 Jun 2017