Richard Long is very interested in nature and the landscape. He is especially known for his long walks in remote parts of the world and uses these as his inspiration. Create a PowerPoint of his sculptures and the locations of his walks throughout the world. Compare how different environments impact on the art he produces.
The artist Christo, and his partner Jeanne-Claude, are well-known for wrapping things – from objects to buildings and even the coastline of Little Bay in Sydney in 1969. The idea of wrapping something makes it more mysterious and we have to guess what is inside. Find out more about how they wrapped Little Bay and how many people helped. In the exhibition, find the model of the Little Bay project and more examples of things Christo wrapped. What do you think is inside the wrapping?
Journey through your local environment and document features by sketching and photographing your walk. Collect leaves, pebbles and other natural objects as you go. Create a sculpture that ‘describes’ your journey.
What conceptual practices and materials are evident in this exhibition? Do they differ to traditional approaches? Argue your point of view, referencing artists in this exhibition as well as those from other periods in art history.
How do the artworks in this exhibition challenge the audience? What do you think audiences expect from art today? What is expected of the audiences themselves?
Choose an artist from this exhibition who inspires you. Write a subjective response to their work, describing the feelings it evokes in you and the specific elements that provoke this reaction. Write a critique of their work and discuss the relevance of their art practice in today’s world.
Create a collaborative installation, a site-specific artwork or a conceptual artwork, showing influences from one of the artists in this exhibition. Invite other students to experience the work. Record and document their response. How do their responses compare with your initial thoughts?