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Books About Big Art
  • A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    by John Richardson
  • Sarah Lucas: A Catalog RaisonnĂ©
    Sarah Lucas: A Catalog Raisonné
    by Yilmaz Dziewior, Sarah Lucas
  • Grayson Perry
    Grayson Perry
    by Jacky Klein
  • Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    by Pim Milo, Kathy Ryan
  • David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    by Marco Livingstone, Margaret Drabble, Tim Barringer, Xavier Salomon, Stuart Comer, Martin Gayford
  • Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    by Robert Leonard, Anthony Gardner, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Blair French, Glenn Barkley
  • Yayoi Kusama
    Yayoi Kusama
    by Midori Yamamura, Jo Applin, Yayoi Kusama
  • Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Prestel Publishing
  • Wall and Piece
    Wall and Piece
    by Banksy
  • Mark Rothko
    Mark Rothko
    by Mr. Jeffrey Weiss
  • Louise Bourgeois
    Louise Bourgeois
    by Robert Storr, Paulo Herkenhoff
  • Damien Hirst
    Damien Hirst
    by Ann Gallagher
Join the Big Picture

A blog that aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing works of art

Historically, artists have always worked big, and nowadays those boundaries are being pushed to the limits.

Large-scale art, whether in the form of photos from the Hubble space telescope, sharks floating in tanks of formaldehyde, rooms full of dots, concrete sculptures cast from Victorian buildings or hand knitted blankets wrapped around trees, large-scale art is all around us. Join the Big Picture aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing these works.

All content by Karla Thompson, an ex-pat Aussie living in East London. When not working on Join the Big Picture she is part of the backbone to the Leonhard Pfeifer brand.

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Entries in Peer Education (2)


Peer Education - Part 2

Following on from Peer Education - Part 1, enter the lovely Florence Morat from the Centre Pompidou, Paris to talk about her work with the centre to develop educational tools and youth programmes for young people and children, in line with the centre’s vision of cultural decentralisation.

One of the discussed project that really interested me is the Centre Pompidou Mobile (including a great video in the link). A travelling modern art gallery, the Mobile sets up camp in decentralized areas of France for 1-3 months. Training and employing local members of the community to act as guides through the thoughtfully designed space, the Mobile aims to encourage visits from local schools and increase the children’s knowledge and understanding of modern and contemporary art.

The experiential programme for 4-10 year olds is a sensory course that encourages the groups of children to look at the works and then look again in a different way. Lead by a member of staff each piece of artwork in the mobile gallery has an associated educational tool that encourages thought and conversation. Tools such as binoculars, scarves, colour wheels and card games, each specifically designed to extend the child’s imagination and increase their vocabulary and knowledge of art.

Knowing that project such as these exist gives me great pleasure and I have nothing but respect for the teams of people working diligently to spread their love and understanding of art. Well done and keep up the good work.

Marcel Duchamp Roue de bicyclette, 1951; part of the current Centre Pompidou Mobile collection.
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The Centre Pompidou Mobile current exhibition Cirlcles and Squares is currently camped in Le Havre from the 23 February - 22 May 2013. 


Peer Education - Part 1

Exploring the ideas of how the unique historic, political and social context of a gallery influences individual galleries collections and educational direction, I was fortunate to be part of a gallery educator’s conference recently.

Focusing on four major European galleries, a group of amazing women spoke with passion and commitment about their successes with youth engagement for their individual gallery, in particular the concept of peer education.

Olga Ovejero Larsson, Head of Education at Reina Sofia Museum and her associate Kae Newcomb talked about their programme for young people aged 16-20 years called Equipo.

The programme nourishes a select group of up-to 15 young people from all over Madrid with information and education about the gallery’s in-house collection. The young people, once prepared, conduct guided tours for other young people during the evenings and weekends. Young people being inspired and then engaging with other young people. Nice.

One of the interesting projects discussed was Equipo’s interpretation of a gallery programme called Collection Stories: The feminist revolution (1968-1982). A free guided tour featuring female artists linked to the feminist movement of the 1960s and 70s, the Equipo group created discussions on ‘Space and Light’ in response to the exhibition. Focussing on 3 international female artists of different eras, origins and politics, (including the slightly!! eccentric Yayoi Kusama) a fourth young female Spanish artist was then added to the mix.

The Equipo group, lead by the fourth Spanish artist set about creating a workshop for young people that explored the concepts of art and feminism, and how these ideas could build bridges across nationalities and the generations.

No easy task.

Painting by Yayoi Kusama, GOMA, Queensland 2011.

Painting by Yayoi Kusama, GOMA, Queensland 2011.