Art by Louise Wells (BA (Hons) Contemporary Art & Design
Every year the design students at Writtle University College get the opportunity to take a variety of local, national or international study trips.
These trips are invaluable experience and give them exposure to a variety of unique designed spaces and experiences, and direct interaction with artists and design industry professionals.
See below galleries for a selection of recent study trips.
PG LAGD Study Tour - February 2020
In February 2020 the postgraduate Landscape Architecture and Garden Design students undertook a 4-day study tour to València.
During the trip they visited many parks and gardens within the city, including the Jardi Botanic, Jardín de Las Hespérides, the Jardins del Real, Jardi de Montfort, Parc Central and the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciéncies. A particularly important part of the trip was a guided tour of the 9km long Jardi del Turia from Miguel del Rey & Juan Ignacio Fuster of Vam10 Arquitectura y Paisaje (Architecture and Landscape).
Whilst visiting the Universitat Politècnica de València we were privileged to receive from a lecture from Paula Cardells and Javier Pérez Igualada, followed by a tour of the estudio de arquitectura (architecture school).
The students were able to explore this vibrant city from their communal apartment block in the city centre, and during a packed few days they experienced the unique culture, architecture and food of València, which concluded with a performance by Grigory Sokolov at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sophía.
Art & Design Study Trip - November 2019
In November 2019 a group of our Art & Design students jumped on the train down to London to visit Tate Modern on the banks of the River Thames. As you can imagine, there was plenty of art to see.
'In Real Life', an exhibition of Olafur Eliasson's work, was of particular interest to our Art and the Environment students, with Eliasson’s themes around the environment, climate change, energy and migration.
The students also saw the work of artists including Nam June Paik, Kara Walker, Dora Maurer, Haegue Yang, Cildo Meireles, and many more.
ROUSHAM HOUSE, WATERPERRY GARDENS AND SHEFFIELD PARK
LAGD Study Tour - October 2019
In October 2019 undergraduate and postgraduate Landscape Architecture and Garden Design students undertook a two-day study tour to look at similar landscape types at differing scales.
First on the itinerary was the garden and landscape at Rousham House, Oxfordshire, designed by William Kent. It is an outstanding example of a classical English Landscape Garden, which is still in private ownership with a functioning walled kitchen garden and pleasure grounds. Their next stop took them to Waterperry Gardens, an educational landscape that is constantly evolving and has a fine plant collection.
The second day saw a visit to Sheffield Park, Sussex, a large scale landscape garden with an outstanding tree collection integrated into a landscape designed by Capability Brown. At the time of year of the visit the collection provided a blaze of autumn colour, allowing students to explore a collection of plants that is truly extraordinary.
Art & Design Study Trip - October 2017
Back in 2017 Writtle Design visited the 4th Folkestone Triennial, entitled Double Edge.
The triennial featured 20 specially commissioned artworks, alongside previous installations. WUC's Pryle Behrman and Steve Terry led the tour and gave some great insights into the chosen works.
We would be attended the 5th Folkstone Triennial later in 2020 but due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic they have decided to reschedule it for 2021.