Special trip to The David Hockney Gallery at Cartwright Hall as artist answers pupils' questions

Article dated Thursday Dec 7, 2017 at 04:54 PM

A group of Bradford school children who sent questions to David Hockney will get the chance to watch a film of his answers when they visit a gallery celebrating the artist’s work tomorrow (Friday December 8 2017).

The pupils from Horton Grange Primary School were part of the consultation over the plans to create the Hockney Gallery at Cartwright Hall.

Children wrote to the famous Bradford-born artist to see if they could get him to support the idea of a gallery after they had visited Cartwright Hall to see Hockney’s famous Le Plongeur pool picture.

The pupils' questions for Hockney were taken to the artist in Los Angeles by Cartwright Hall's Fine Arts Curator Jill Iredale who filmed his responses. The national charity Art Fund contributed to a travel grant to make the trip possible, as did the Friends of Bradford Art Galleries & Museums.

Now the same children, who are in year four, will get to watch his replies when they visit the gallery tomorrow for the first time.

Questions they asked included: "What is your favourite thing to draw?" and "How did you get into art?"

Rayma Ahmed, Art Co-ordinator and Year Six Class Teacher from Horton Grange Primary School said: "Our children were absolutely inspired by the work produced by David Hockney after their visit to Cartwright Hall. They were eager to learn more about him and wrote some fantastic letters along with a range of questions, hoping that Hockney would respond to them.

"The footage of David Hockney answering the questions is completely amazing. It is lovely to see him respond to the questions and makes it more meaningful for our children who are fascinated by the work that he has produced."

Jill Iredale said: "This is a special school trip for the pupils and for the museum. The children took the time to tell David Hockney how much they liked his drawings and artwork and to ask him a series of interesting questions. It will be great to be able to let them watch his replies and also show them around the gallery which they played a part in helping shape and make happen in Bradford.

"Since the Hockney gallery opened we have had more than 60 classes from primary and secondary schools visiting the David Hockney Gallery and taking part in booked Hockney workshops, as well as some Early Years groups and many, many families some of whom are seeing his work for the first time. We are introducing a new generation of Bradfordians to David Hockney in the same place where he was inspired by the art he saw growing up here in Bradford."

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s executive member for Environment, Sport and Culture said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for the children at Horton Grange Primary School. They showed great enthusiasm to learn about David Hockney's work and it is brilliant they will get to watch him answer their questions. We aim to make our museums accessible to people of all ages and this visit is a great example of how they can inspire children and young people."

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