Image credit: Streak 2, 1979 © 2015 Bridget Riley. All rights reserved, courtesy Karsten Schubert, London
8 – 12 yrs
£75 - for a three day course
Enjoy three days of exciting creative activities with artist Beccy McCray at the De La Warr Pavilion using Bridget Riley’s exhibition as a springboard to play and experiment.
Taking inspiration from Riley’s use of colour and form, young artists will use a variety of unexpected materials, such as spray paints, stickers and wool, to create playful artworks both indoors and out; from large, colourful, web-like installations, to music-led mark-making and massive murals inspired by the surrounding environment.
We won’t quite know the outcomes until we create the work; but as Riley herself said ‘you can only find out by working’!
Beccy McCray explores playful, socially engaged art and design using whatever media necessary to create imaginative acts of resistance and more human moments in the world. Seeking to break down boundaries between art, activism and everyday life, Beccy ultimately aims to spread joy and inspire positive change at grass roots level, using creativity to raise awareness of environmental issues and social ideals.
Beccy also works under the name Crafternoon Tea Club, a collective which explores participatory and community art, combined with DIY craft-based tradition that can take any form; from games, happenings and installation, to collage, baking, parties and painting - or just being nice to people. The project acts as both curator and collaborator; creating frameworks within which unexpected situations can occur. It aims to blur the line between artist and audience, bringing people together, using collective powers for the greater good, and having fun while they do it!
Beccy's work has been commissioned by organisations such as The Barbican, the Jerwood Gallery, Turner Contemporary, The Olympic Park Legacy Company, The National Theatre, Home Live Art, Create London, ONCA Centre for Arts and Ecology and the Women's Institute.
Bridget Riley: The Curve Paintings 1961–2014 is the major exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion this summer, and surveys the artist’s use of the curve motif in a career spanning over 50 years. The show launches a year of celebrations marking 80 years of the Pavilion as one of the first and most significant modernist public buildings in the UK.
Image credit: Crest, 1964 © 2015 Bridget Riley. All rights reserved, courtesy Karsten Schubert, London.
The exhibition is formed from a selection of over 30 paintings and studies from throughout Riley’s career, illustrating the artist’s close dedication to the interaction of form and colour by looking at a single motif.
Bridget Riley was born in 1931 in London and studied at Goldsmiths College from 1949 to 1952, and the Royal College of Art, London from 1952 to 1955. Riley was made a CBE in 1974, appointed the Companion of Honour in 1999, and received the Kaiser Ring of the City of Goslar in 2003. Notable awards include the International Prize for Painting at Venice Biennale in 1968 and the Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen in 2012.
Recent exhibitions include Bridget Riley: Malerei/Painting 1980–2012 (2012) at Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen; Bridget Riley: Paintings and Related Work (2010–11) at the National Gallery, London; Bridget Riley: From Life (2010) at the National Portrait Gallery, London; Bridget Riley: Flashback (2009–10), an Arts Council Collection exhibition that toured the UK; and Bridget Riley: Rétrospective (2008) at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris.
The artist currently lives and works in London.