Reworking Manet Exhibition

i A Bar at the Folies-Bergère 2023. Ellie, age 18. Reworking Manet Exhibition 2023 | The Courtauld. Image credit: Finn Arschavir and Tasmiya Tasmi

This year, The Courtauld’s Learning team collaborated with over 300 young people (aged 14-18) from 40 UK state schools and colleges on our Reworking Manet project.

Using Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (1882) as a starting point, students researched aspects of the painting and developed creative responses that explore it through a contemporary lens, demonstrating the continued relevance of Manet’s painting 140 years on from its creation. Their themes include consumerism, gender, leisure, wealth, social media influence, and historical influences on fashion. 

Congratulations to all the young people that took part in the project! We are hugely impressed with the artworks they have created. We also extend our sincere thanks to the teachers, parents and guardians who have led, supported and inspired this project. Without their commitment in championing the role of art and art history in education, this exhibition, and our wider work, would not have been possible. 

Have a look at their work via the online exhibition below, or visit the Reworking Manet exhibition in-person at The Courtauld Gallery until 18 Feb 2024.

Check out our main Reworking Manet project page to find out how you can get involved. 

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Congratulations and thank you!

To students from the following schools and colleges whose creativity and artworks form the Reworking Manet exhibition:  

Ashlyns School (Hertfordshire), Ashton Sixth Form College (Manchester), Bacon’s College Sixth Form (London), BHASVIC (Brighton), Camden School for Girls (London), Chesterton Community College (Cambridge), City and Islington College (London), Finchley Catholic High School (London), Forest Hill School for Girls (London), Godalming College (Surrey), Harris Westminster Sixth Form (London), Kingsdale Foundation School (London), London Academy of Excellence (London), New College Swindon (Swindon), Rainham Mark Grammar School (Kent), Sacred Heart School of Mary (London), Saint Olaves Grammar School (London), Sydenham School (London), Sydenham and Forest Hill Sixth Form (London), St Matthew Academy (London), St Dominic’s Sixth Form College (London), The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School (London), The St Marylebone CE School (London), Walthamstow School for Girls (London), West London Free School (London)  

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