A fantastic visit to York St John for Beth and Haydon
Beth Wray and Haydon Parsons, Year 12 students, enjoyed a socially-distanced visit to York St John University. The visit was sponsored by Future HY (Uni Connect) and included a personalised tour of York St John campus in York city centre, where Beth and Haydon saw lecture halls, the library, the student restaurant and seminar rooms. The highlight of the trip was a tour of the Art block where they could browse recent artwork from graduate exhibitions.
Beth and Haydon also visited the York Art Gallery and saw two exhibitions:
• Pictures of the Floating World – this unique display showed the significant impact of Japanese art on the western world and the rise of artistic movements such as Art Nouveau.
• The Aesthetica Art Prize 2021 – an annual exhibition which unearthed the intricate layers of what it means to be alive today. The artists’ works covered themes such as the climate crisis, racism, and new technologies.
The students also visited the new exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum “Richard III: Coming Home” which included the world-famous late 16th century portrait of Richard III. The new display also featured the Middleham Jewel and other fascinating artefacts.
Finally, Beth and Haydon had a tour of York and took in York Minster, Goodramgate, The Shambles, Monk Bar, Bootham Bar, The Theatre Royal, Petergate and Stonegate.
Beth said: “The trip was great, I enjoyed the gallery the most as it allowed me to understand the variety of art. The most useful part of the trip was the tour of the university which I will consider going to. Thank you for the great day.”
Haydon said: “I did very much enjoy the trip. I think I the gallery visit was my favourite as there were some interesting pieces that I enjoyed looking at and they inspired me in my own work and also to do the course that I am wanting to. The most useful part of the trip was between the gallery and the university tour, as the gallery will be a useful thing to write about in my personal statement and the university tour has helped me in deciding which universities to apply to, as it looked really good so I will certainly be considering it as an option.”
Ms Mannion, Careers Leader, added: “Thank you so much to York St John University for putting on this personalised tour. I know it has helped to inspire Beth and Haydon to think about higher education and career plans.”