Pupils from Bedales Pre-prep launch public art exhibition

Pupils from Bedales Pre-Prep, Dunannie are proud to be showcasing their art and design work at their first ever public exhibition in the Bedales Gallery. Entitled It All Starts Here, the exhibition is a collection of creative work across all areas of the curriculum, from drawing and painting to textiles and sculpture. Open to all, the exhibition will run until Friday 9th May.

Children from Nursery up to Year 3 have been working hard over the past academic year to produce work for the exhibition. Some pupils have been inspired by their studies of Artist Paul Klee (1879 – 1940) who explained art in engaging ways, such as, ‘a line is a dot that went for a walk’.

Commenting on the children’s work, Jo Webbern, Head of Dunannie, said: “We are incredibly proud of the work the children have created and it was lovely to observe their reaction as they saw their work on display in the Bedales Gallery. The Gallery has featured collections from world renowned artists, painters, sculptures, photographers and designers, so to be given the opportunity to showcase the creative work at Dunannie is wonderful. Many of our former pupils have successfully developed their artistic talent through Bedales and beyond. Recent Bedales artist graduates have studied at art colleges such as University of the Arts London and the Ruskin School for Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University. Old Bedalians include, product designer Anna Bullus; fashion designer Zoe Graham and sculptor James Napier. It is our belief that artistic flair is present from a very early age and can quickly develop into a talent that will remain with them for life when their creativity is inspired. We hope this exhibition will be the first of many in future years at Dunannie.”

It All Starts Here is open until the 9th May (Monday to Friday 2pm – 5pm; Saturday 10am – 1pm; closed Sunday; open Bank Holiday Monday.

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Dunannie Art Exhibition 2014

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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.

Song recital and art exhibition

On 6 May the tenor Ian Bostridge, one of the leading artists of his generation, sings groups of songs by Schubert, Charles Ives and Benjamin Britten here at Bedales, accompanied by the accomplished pianist James Cheung, a visiting teacher in our Music Department. Ian was taught German by Richard Stokes at Westminster School. There he encountered Schubert’s songs for the first time, as Richard had a habit of playing them in lessons. Prior to Westminster, Richard taught at Bedales and while here translated the Fischer-Dieskau Book of Lieder with his colleague George Bird. One of Richard’s predecessors as a Modern Languages teacher at Bedales was the distinguished tenor Wilfred Brown, after whom our song recital series is named. For tickets (£17/£15 conc.), please call 01730 711511 or email tickets@bedales.org.uk. Summer term in the Gallery opens with Dunannie’s exhibition It All Starts Here. All areas of the art curriculum will be featured, from drawing and painting to textiles and sculpture, sparkling with the fresh perceptions of the youngest members of our school community. View opening times.

Wilfred Brown Song Recital Series

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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.

Renowned printmakers to be shown at Gallery

Something rather special is going on when a small rural gallery, albeit one approaching its 25th anniversary, can show 17 internationally renowned printmakers, including Howard Hodgkin, Mimmo Paladino, Michael Craig-Martin and Christiane Baumgartner. Thanks to William Jackson OB, this treasure trove is available to us at Bedales Gallery from 28 February – 29 March. All are welcome at an informal opening reception on Saturday 1 March, 11.30am – 2.30pm. The following day, the Youth Dance Platform provides a great opportunity to see our own dance groups from Bedales and Dunhurst sharing a mixed programme with other schools, independent dance academies and the Hampshire Youth Dance Company. For an all-Bedales programme, come to Bedales Dance Performs on 4 March. For tickets, please call 01730 711511 or email tickets@bedales.org.uk.

The Vigorous Image 2

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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.

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.

Cecilia Concert and the Big No (final week)

The Hayward Touring exhibition of George Grosz’s Ecce Homo and Hintergrund (the former in fine facsimile and the latter a rare set of original prints), will run until Saturday 23 November at 1pm in the Gallery. This represents a great opportunity for our community to engage with a major figure in the art and wider cultural history of Europe in the early 20th Century. The annual Cecilia Concert (with its regular collection for Cecily’s Fund) will be given in the Quad at 7.30pm on 27 November and there are tickets available at the time of writing. Please see the website for programme details. For free tickets, please call 01730 711511 or email tickets@bedales.org.uk.

George Grosz

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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.

Tempting Autumn arts programme underway

Bedales Selective has opened in the Gallery and runs until 19 September. It offers an ideal opportunity to sample and appreciate the best of Art and Design at Bedales from last year. The Theatre swung into action on Tuesday (10th) with vibrant, fresh new writing in The Babysitter – highly rated by members of our Drama and English departments at this year’s National Student Drama Festival, where it was the stand-out, multi-award winning production from InDepth Theatre. Talented newcomers form an interesting counterpoint to the refined and distinguished pianism of Martino Tirimo (24 September), whose previous performances here have been treasured highlights of our programme for many. Booking is open for all of the term’s events, the brochure having been published and distributed earlier in the summer. However, please note that Talking Design and Filter’s Twelfth Night are fully booked and oversubscribed. For tickets, please call 01730 711511 or email tickets@bedales.org.uk.

Bedales Selective - Main

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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 Gallery exhibition and AS Theatre Studies performances

Sculptor Martyn Grubb has launched his latest collections of works ‘Fall of Man’ at Bedales Gallery. The exhibition, inspired by Martyn’s belief that modern man has lost his way, is rudderless and unsure as to how he fits into society, showcases his thoughts through an illustration of man’s social and emotional plummet carved into materials including limestone, Portland and Scottish granite. Read more. View photos. Next month, students following the AS Theatre Studies course present their examined performances of scripted pieces in the Theatre on 1 and 2 May, with a different programme of two pieces on each evening. For tickets, please contact 01730 711511 or email tickets@bedales.org.uk.

Martyn Grubb

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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.

Student review of Gentleman

I thought David Gentleman‘s recent lecture was very inspiring. He began by showing us his interest in art and his traditional technique and approach; he then showed us his progression of different ideas and different styles as he grew up. I loved the way he took every opportunity he could to do art work for people and how he enjoyed having deadlines because he thought that it made you just do it – whatever the outcome. He wouldn’t have had time to think about it for too long and that’s what he thought made his art real. I agree. The journey and progression of his style were evident and I think this is what keeps artists interested; if it was all the same technique artists would get pretty bored of doing it. I also loved the way he used his local area to draw and paint and even quite simple things that aren’t that great to look at became beautiful because of his amazing way of drawing and painting. It was a very inspirational talk. View photos.

By Edie Ashley, 6.1

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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.