More than fifty Foundation, Access and Degree students from the School of Art have been on a residential visit where they experienced the unique and rich art of Poland.
Taking in the culture, they explored the towns of Kazimeirez, Auschwitz and Zakopane and visited many museums and galleries.
These included ‘Bunker of Arts’, The Czartoryski Museum and the National Museum, which has the largest collection of art and design in Poland.
Armed with sketchbooks and cameras, the students also had the opportunity to research and plan their own excursions to further discover Poland’s heritage and art, with a rich choice of venues to explore in a vibrant and artistic country.
Richard Waring, Art and Design Curriculum Area Manager, said: “What a successful week! The students learnt so much from a mixture of cultural and gallery activities, it will really help influence their studies in college. They enjoyed such a wide range of paintings, sculptures, drawings, decorative art, prints, manuscripts and historical photography as well as made new friendships during the trip.
"A great example of the type of venue we visited is the Czartoryski Museum, founded by the Czartoryski family in the interest of preserving Poland’s heritage, and which is the oldest museum in Poland, holding the country’s most valuable collection of artifacts. It’s also world famous for housing the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci ‘Lady With an Ermine’.
"Our city break was followed by a poignant tour of Auschwitz the day after Holocaust Memorial Day. We then travelled to the mountains and stayed at a youth hostel, where the students could choose to enjoy activities such as walking and skiing as well as explore the more rural galleries and culture of Poland".
The feedback from students who took part in the trip was overwhelmingly positive, some of their comments are posted below:
“Amazing trip, thanks for opening my eyes to an underestimated culture, this experience will live fondly in my heart forever."
"Thank you so much for organising such an inspiring and energising trip. Krakow is a fantastic city, what a mix of contemporary and historic!”
"One of the best experiences of my life! Would definitely return to Poland, thank you so much."
"Honestly one of the best trips I’ve ever been on, only positive things to say, thank you."
"Great mix of culture and fun, a wonderful trip. Had such a good time, made new friends and learnt so much."