Colourful and Gothic arts programme

An artist revelling in colour and texture offers us a timely antidote to the lowering grey of the skies. Our new exhibition by Michael Minas is now open and runs until 8 February. Three Gothic Tales, the Dunhurst Blocks’ Play, will be performed in the Theatre next week. Free tickets are available for Thursday and Friday at 7.30pm and Saturday 18th at 2.30pm from tickets@bedales.org.uk or 01730 711511.

Michael Minas

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Olivier Theatre hosts dance showcase

The Olivier Theatre played host to a stunning display of local dance talent at the annual Youth Dance Platform last weekend, giving young people the opportunity to perform on stage and see other performances from their contemporaries with the aim of celebrating and developing dance style and talent. The lively fast moving show comprised various short works by students from Bedales and Dunhurst, the Hampshire Youth Dance Company, Frensham Heights, Totton College, Amesbury School and Petersfield Academy of Dance. Dunhurst Block 2 pupils performed ‘Those magnificent men in their flying machines’ and Bedales AS Level exam trio performed ‘Shattered’. The Bedales Dance Company performed ‘I believe’, a student devised piece and the BAC group’s ‘Night Light’ saw dancing to an electronic score. Read more. View photos.

Youth Dance Platform 2013

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Invitation to Spring Concert and art exhibition

The Spring Concert, in the Quad on Friday at 7.30pm, includes all the familiar school ensembles. Concert Band will play the overture ‘Poet and Peasant’ by Suppé and the Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra will play the first movement from Beethoven’s 1st Symphony and a keyboard concerto by Philipp Emanuel Bach. The Prisoner’s Chorus from ‘Fidelio’ features among the choral works. The Dunhurst Community Art & Design Exhibition, in Bedales Gallery until 20 March, will be open after the concert. This biennial exhibition makes exuberant use of the gallery’s relatively generous wall-space, once again, alongside some charmingly imaginative 3-D work. To book concert tickets please email tickets@bedales.org.ukor telephone 01730 711511.

Dunhurst Community Art & Design Exhibition

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Bedales hosts local dance showcase

Bedales Olivier Theatre played host to a stunning display of local dance talent at the school’s annual Youth Dance Platform over the weekend. The event gives young people the opportunity to perform on stage and see other performances from their contemporaries with the overall aim of celebrating and developing dance style and talent.

The lively fast moving show comprised various short works by the Hampshire Youth Dance Company, Frensham Heights, Totton College, Amesbury School, Petersfield Academy of Dance and students from Bedales and Bedales Prep, Dunhurst.

Dunhurst Block 2 (year 8) pupils performed ‘Those magnificent men in their flying machines’. The Bedales AS Level exam trio performed ‘Shattered’ and the Bedales Dance Company performed ‘I believe’, a student devised piece led and rehearsed by them in their own time. The Bedales Block 5 (year 11) group’s ‘Night Light’ saw dancing to an electronic score with a film projection, designed by the students as part of their project.

Erin Norris, Dance Teacher at Amesbury School, said:

“We all had a fantastic day at Bedales. It was such a great opportunity for the pupils to meet other students and to get a chance to share work with each other. It was a really positive event and we are looking forward to next year already.”

Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales Schools, said:

“The Youth Dance Platform provides a wonderful opportunity for dance students to practise and perform in front of a knowledgeable and appreciative audience. We enjoy hosting this event, enabling local dance companies and school students to learn from each other through sharing their talents and passion for dance.”

Bedales hosts local dance showcase

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Bedales Prep pupils and staff showcase creative talent

Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, has launched an exhibition at the Bedales Gallery this month, showcasing talent across the school community featuring art, textiles, ceramics and design work by pupils, teachers and support staff.

Highlights of the Exhibition include ‘The Big Draw’ showing portraits created by all the school, including cleaning staff, cooks, teaching and support staff as well as pupils. The school participates in this annual event, now registered with the National Campaign for Drawing, to provide the opportunity for everyone who works or studies at Dunhurst to try their hand at drawing with the aim of dispelling the myth “I can’t draw”. The pictures spread the length of the gallery and it was through this exercise that Elaine Hewitt, Dunhurst’s Head of Creative Studies, discovered the hidden artistic talents of members of the support staff including Cassandra Crook a cleaner at Dunhurst and Garath Tulett a carpenter in the school’s facilities department. Gareth painted a portrait of his father-in-law as a 60th birthday present and Elaine thought the painting was worthy of a place in the exhibition.  Cassandra’s art-work was inspired through the ‘big draw’ project. The last time Cassandra had painted was when she was at school so she was delighted that her talents were recognised in the Exhibition.

The pupils’ work captures their experiences throughout the academic year including art work created during an art trip to Barcelona and sculptures with Andy Cheese who created the shepherd statue in Petersfield’s Shepherd’s Walk. Andy, who teaches at Bedales, took up the role of artist in residence at Dunhurst last year and worked with the pupils on a sculpture project that now graces the school grounds.

The Creative Studies teachers at Dunhurst have also included their own work featuring paintings and ceramics. This year’s exhibition is particularly special for the School as Elaine Hewitt will be retiring at the end of this academic year along with art teacher Louise Banks, who will be leaving in July. Both teachers have taught at the school for over 20 years.

Commenting on the exhibition, Jane Grubb, Head of Bedales Prep, said “This annual exhibition is an important event in our calendar as it is a culmination of all the hard work and creative ideas produced by the pupils throughout the academic year. The Big Draw is a project that everyone in the school enjoys taking part in and it is fun for people to identify themselves in the gallery of the many faces here at Dunhurst. It is great that through this exercise we have indentified hidden talent amongst the support staff in our community too and I am delighted that we are able to inspire everyone in our community. This is a very fitting final exhibition for Elaine and Louise after over 20 years of teaching art at the school.”

The exhibition will run until March 20th and is open to all and free to attend. Viewing times are:  2 – 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 1pm Saturdays.

Cassandra with her art on display

Gareth with his art on display

Louise Banks with her bird paintings in the Exhibition

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Olivier Theatre hosts the Darlings

Dunhurstians put on extra performances of Peter Pan in The Olivier Theatre recently after the snow forced cancellations. Children from Blocks 1 and 2 worked tenaciously in rehearsals to get the production ready for the first performance on Thursday just before the snow struck. Although the bad weather initially halted plans, the production returned to a packed audience on Monday for two shows to make up for lost time. Jane Grubb, Head of Dunhurst, said: “The children and staff put a phenomenal amount of effort into making the show spectacular. From the lighting and music to the script and the costumes, the event was captivating. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces around the school transformed into sprites and members of the Kickapu tribe and Darling family.” Read more. View photos.

Peter Pan

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Bedales Prep takes to the West End Stage

Pupils from Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, took to the stage at Les Misérables in London the week before last in a series of acting workshops organised by the theatre company. The activities involved pupils from Block 2 (Year 8) acting out a student revolution in costume and re-creating the barricade scene in Les Misérables in slow motion.  They also experienced fun acting warm-up techniques such as seeing how big a balloon could be blown in one breath.

Pupils then enjoyed watching the actual show. It was made all the more interesting because of their backstage experience learning how the props and mechanics worked on stage.

Later that week, pupils took part in an urban art experience learning about urban culture through specialised workshops with professional artists in drama, art, music and dance. The day culminated in a show of their newly discovered skills to parents.

The artists who worked with Block 1 and 2 pupils (Years 7 and 8) included: the talented human ‘beat box’ artist Vid Warren; professional break dancer Sasha B; and the urban art group ‘Soulful Creative’. Dunhurst drama teacher Simon Kingsley-Pallant helped pupils explore the urban concept in a series of small plays.

Commenting on the pupils’ performing experiences, Jane Grubb, Head of Bedales Prep, Dunhurst said, “Les Misérables is a powerful and moving musical. Our pupils were given the chance to combine inspiration from watching the show with techniques learnt in the acting workshop to perform their own on-stage ‘revolution’. An important part of our academic syllabus is in learning through doing. Children learn better that way and retain information that is more meaningful to them. The urban culture experience was a cross-curricular activity in the arts, giving pupils the chance to develop a whole range of skills while learning about contemporary culture. Their showcase at the end of the day was a fantastic display of their achievements.”

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Dunhurst pupils unveil sculpture

As part of the Badley Weekend Celebrations, Dunhurst unveiled a sculpture designed by pupils in collaboration with Bedales Art teacher and local sculptor Andrew Cheese who was Dunhurst’s  ‘artist in residence’ during the last half of the summer term to help the pupils’ designs come to fruition. The sculpture featuring three figures in motion, was inspired by the Olympics and was designed by pupils in Blocks 1 and 2 with assistance from Andrew. They spent their Wednesday afternoon breaks modelling the sculpture in Wessex clay. Andrew completed the process over the holidays by casting the model into plaster, which then formed the base for the glass fibre sculpture finished in pewter. The sculpture now stands in the Dunhurst car park by the entrance to the school. Read more. View photos.

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.