This September a group of students from BA (Hons) Illustration Level 5 visited St. Petersburg, taking in the Hermitage, the Street Art Museum and the comics festival Boomfest.
"We were shown around a blustery, sun-drenched Street Art Museum by a excellent guide, who filled us in with the backstories behind the works of artists such as P183, Tima Radya and Kyril Kto and explained their influence on the new generation of Moscow street artists. The range and scope of works was dizzying; from hypnotic Pikachu videos to discreet stencil art to grotesque sculptures of flier-vendors dressed as hotdogs. Also on display were photographs by Martha Cooper, a pioneering chronicler of US street art in the 70s and 80s. This was useful for the students to see and make comparisons across", — comments BA (Hons) Illustration tutor William Goldsmith who took part in the trip as well.
Students also spent a day sketching in the bling-tastic Hermitage and searching for narrative devices among the endless grand tableaux on display. For some of them there was enough entertainment to be had in observing the swarms of fellow tourists.
This year’s Boomfest was held on New Holland Island, which was beautifully bedecked in Patrick Shearn’s installation Firebird Descent; a vast canopy of multi-coloured streamers. Students heard a wide range of lectures on comics, including Lena Uzhinova and Vladimir Rudak, David Schilter, Benoît Guillaume and Pierre Thome. Students could also sample new works at the comics fair and visit the exhibition of Kazakhstani comics artist Daria Komleva-Litvinova.
BA (Hons) Illustration course and British Higher School of Art & Design express their gratitude to both Hermitage and Boomfest, and especially thank the Street Art Museum for granting an breathtaking guided tour. We also inspire our readers in Saint Petersburg to visit a contemporary art fair SAM FAIR, which will take place on September 30-October 1 in the Street Art Museum. More than 100 artists from Saint Petersburg will show and sell their works within the fair, which is the chance not to be missed .