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.

For more information, please click here.

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.

Prep schools enjoy Tudor music at Bedales

Bedales hosted a workshop for young musicians recently to give them a taste of music education and the chance to experience participation in a concert in the Olivier Theatre. Students from Bloo House, Camelsdale First School, Conifers, Dorset House, Knightsbridge School, Newton Prep and Oakwood School joined students from Dunhurst, Block 5 and the Sixth Form. Students began by discovering the dance choreography of the Tudor period before moving on to exploring the music played at such performances. Bedales Director of Music, Nick Gleed and Director of Music at Dunhurst, Ben Harlan, led the workshops, which featured madrigals, instrumental ensembles and the chance to play in a renaissance band alongside Bedales Sixth Formers. Read more.

Oakwood pupils at Tudor Music Workshop

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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.

Dunannie children select ‘Rewind’ for their Easter School Production

Children at Bedales  Pre-Prep, Dunannie, completed the final week of the Spring term with a production entitled ‘Rewind Time’ chronicling the exploits of a group of children who discover a time machine and press the wrong button. The audience enjoyed each scene covering the decades of the 30’s, 50’s, 70’s and 80’s as children from each year group (Reception to Year 3) performed typical dance genres from each era.

Commenting on the production, Jo Webbern, Head of Dunannie said, “The children wowed the audience with a whistle-stop tour of dance and artists through the decades. They explored a variety of genres, from the thirties flappers to seventies punk. The artistic talents of the Dunannie teachers were demonstrated through excellent choreography and drama, which the children performed with gusto. The show not only looked good, it provided a wonderful educational insight for the children into how history influences art and society.”

Dunannie pupils perform Rewind Time

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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.

Visit Dunannie art exhibition

Dunannie is hosting an art exhibition next week which will feature a wide variety of artwork for sale by silent auction – from both professional and amateur artists, in many mediums including bronze sculptures, intricate metalwork, photography and paintings.

Bedales School - Dunannie

Much of the artwork has been donated and there are some amazingly talented parents and ex-pupils across the three schools, as well as siblings, relatives and friends. Many local artists will also be exhibiting their work. Dunannie is aiming to raise a record-breaking amount of money for their chosen charities – locally based Hounds for Heroes and Big Brother Mouse, a child literacy charity based in Laos. A small portion of the funds will be given to the school to provide an Artist in Residence who will come in to work on art projects over the coming year with Dunannie pupils.

The exhibition is open on Thursday 22 March, 9am to 9pm and on Friday 23 March, 9am to 6pm. Access to the hall will be via the Dunannie playground. Everyone is welcome. View exhibition poster.

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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.

Calling all (budding) artists

On 22 & 23 March, Dunannie is hosting an art exhibition, with a drinks party and auction taking place on the Friday evening. As well as raising funds for the school and charity, the event will provide an opportunity to showcase the schools’ creative talents and provide a unique platform for artists to exhibit and sell their work. We are appealing to artists across the three schools, from professionals to amateurs, to submit work, in any medium. The artwork can either be donated, or a reserve price set by the artist, and Dunannie will then sell it, with all proceeds going directly to the Friends of Dunannie’s (FOD’s) Funds and charities. If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact Alison Pike.

By Jo Webbern, Head of Dunannie