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.

Exhibition and lecture on global awareness

Dr Shahidul Alam, a renowned international photographer, writer, curator and activist, will give the inaugural Global Awareness Lecture in The Quad at 8pm on Friday 11 October. This and the current Bedales Gallery exhibition build on links with Pathshala, the South Asian Institute of Photography, which were established through the Sam Banks Memorial Fund, currently supporting three of the Institute’s students. Having obtained his doctorate in Chemistry at London University, Dr Alam returned to his native Bangladesh where he turned to photography, founding the DRIK agency and exhibiting at leading venues such as MOMA in New York. The Gallery exhibition features four of Pathshala’s alumni, exploring pressing environmental and social issues in Bangladesh. For free tickets to the lecture contact tickets@bedales.org.uk or 01730 711511.

Shahidul Alam

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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.

Sculptor Martyn Grubb launches ‘Fall of Man’ exhibition at Bedales Gallery

Sculptor Martyn Grubb is to launch his latest collections of works ‘Fall of Man’ at Bedales School’s Gallery from 15 April to 4 May. The theme of the Exhibition is inspired by Martyn’s belief that modern man has lost his way, is rudderless and unsure as to how he fits into society. This exhibition showcases his thoughts through an illustration of man’s social and emotional plummet carved into materials including limestone, portland and scottish granite.

Open to all, the exhibition at Bedales, follows a long tradition of support for the visual arts in general with past links with artists and craftspeople of importance in this country (most notable is Julian Trevelyan, Ivon & Simon Hitchens, Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Michael Kidner, Barry Flanagan and Sarah Raphael). Bedales School has been keen to support a sculptor carving in stone on campus.

Martyn’s studio at Bedales School on the Sussex/Hampshire border shows figures on paper and stone that appear as if they are fallen from grace or dropped out of the sky and have landed upended and distorted into a new figurative statement. Mostly his work is about the male form but it is evident from his portrayal of the female figures, (seen in far more genteel repose and sexily curvaceous) that the rage that drives his chisels is not directed at women.

Commenting on the exhibition, Martyn says: “My work is about the fall of man and is meant to be confrontational and provocative, deformed yet unashamedly beautiful. The main motif – falling figures incorporating an abstracted language – hint at this sense of being out of control, and whilst there are clear references to the Icarus myth there is a very palpable feeling of disorientation and impending calamity – concepts which seem particularly apt at this moment in our history. These figurative works mark a divergence from the mainstream diet of organic forms and abstraction towards a more human language once again. There is an overwhelming desire to touch these sculptures which have a tactile and seductive surface, the twisted torsos and broken lower limbs have a powerful presence, drawing you into the drama reminiscent of baroque co-existensive space and form.”

‘Compress/Compact/Crushed’ (Sebastopol limestone, 2012/13) with its scutched finish suggests a brutal and fatal impact whereas ‘Fall’(2012), a small scale work in polished Scottish granite, has a more graceful and elegant association with the Icarus syndrome. Large scale works in Portland challenge our perceptions of a fragmented world view and these are complemented by equally ambitious drawings whose themes hark back to figuration between the wars when Moore and Epstein were imperious and The Vorticists loomed large. One discerns a web of words embedded into the backgrounds hinting at biblical tracts or a verbal diatribe of unsettling obscenities that the self-styled leader of the Italian Futurists, Marinetti, would have found comforting.

There are however pieces which clearly suggest some recalibration of man’s current dilemma Redeemrestorereclaimregainrecoverretrievereviverenewredressresurrectionsalvation’(2013) hewn into the form of a figure breaking free from his bonds references the biblical miracle of Lazarus and Biblical references run through many of his works. Some pieces have a spiritual stillness and yet others seem to wriggle with a twisting awkwardness. As at a freak show, you feel compelled to look.

‘The Fall of Man’ Exhibition will be on display in Bedales Gallery from 15 April until 4 May. Admission is free and the Gallery is open Monday – Friday 2 – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm. For more information please call (01730) 711511 or visit www.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.

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 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.

Vibrant season ahead for Bedales Arts

John Thomson’s exhibition opened at Bedales Gallery last Saturday and we hope that many of you will find an opportunity to see the work of this interesting and well-established sculptor before 13 February. Meanwhile, The Olivier Theatre is gearing-up for Dunhurst’s production of Peter Pan, performed by Blocks 1 & 2. The best availability now is for Thursday 17 January at 7.30pm. The new Arts brochure, covering the public programme to July, was posted to families before Christmas. If you have not received your copy, please email tickets@bedales.org.uk or telephone 01730 711 510. Alternatively, download the Arts brochure or visit the website.

John Thomson 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.