In the first of four films, David Austen, one of the artists featured in Tate Britain's Watercolour exhibition, talks to young people from Archbishop Tenison's School, London about his work.

This film is part of Reflections on Watercolour, an excellent DVD for that was initally made as a teachers’s resource for secondary and further education students, but we felt that we should also share it on the blog. These films give you a great insight into how watercolour is being used by contemporary artists and young people.

The following films will feature the artists Nicola Durvasula, Sophie von Hellermann, and Neal Tait. The starting point for the films is Tate Britain’s Watercolour exhibition, which forms part of the Great British Art Debate, exploring watercolour from the middle ages to the present day.

Alison Smith is lead curator of Watercolour and Curator (Head of British Art to 1900), Tate Britain. Watercolour is at Tate Britain until 21 August


Tony Ferguson

My daughter and I enjoyed the exhibition greatly, especially the earlier paintings. I particularly liked the miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver and the botanical paintings. As we progressed we were less taken by the more modern painters such as Bethan Huws and Tracey Emin. Were they included as they happened to have used watercolour as a medium or because of their celebrity?


I enjoyed watching this film with my mum. Thank you for sharing it with us. I love painting and drawing and I am 9.

From Hope