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Activity: Writing Exhibition Reviews

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This exercise developed by Yemisi Blake is for students at Parliament Hill School. The aim was to support the students in generating ideas for writing an exhibition review in response to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery.

  1. Split the group into pairs. Invite each pair to write a list of factors that could influence their experience of a photography exhibition. Give some examples to get them started (layout, themes, size of the work, temperature, gallery staff, personal interest).
  2. Ask each pair to choose two most important factors and share them with the rest of the group.
  3. Write up the responses on a flip chart so all students can see them.
  4. Facilitate a short discussion by getting the group to picking a few factors and asking how that played out in the Taylor Wessing exhibition.
  5. Share an example exhibition review of the Taylor Wessing show written by Christian House
  6. Facilitate a short discussion on ways in the review is successful and how it could be improved
  7. Working individually, each student choses 3-5 factors that influenced how they experienced the Taylor Wessing exhibition. These sentences form the basis of their review.

You can see Parliament Hill student Simeon Atpowitzer’s  review of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize here.

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