Review: Summer Term Art Exhibitions

‘Strange But Somehow Beautiful’ is the title of an essay by writer Mike Yates, about his stunning collection of Adan art from Ghana. The corresponding show, which opened in April at the Mount House Gallery, included over 200 wooden figures, two large beautiful woven fabrics and metal ceremonial objects, made not as art works, but to be used in ritual practice. 

Mike had kindly lent us some books from his library and a video showing the link between Vodun practices in Africa and America. The exhibition proved popular within the College, around the town and beyond; this could be seen in how many new and repeat visitors there were.

In June, Artist in Residence, Archie Franks, fresh from his critically acclaimed year as a Jerwood Fellow, bade farewell to Marlborough College with his concluding exhibition of five watercolours and three characteristic oil paintings. These were accompanied by a series of artworks made by the Art Scholars, (who Archie had worked with during his residency. We shall all be following Archie’s career and wish him well for the future.

This year, the Mount House Gallery hosted GCSE artwork for Prize Day; a varied collection, showing great breadth and a high quality of work. This success, as always, relies on the dedication and talent of the students, whose enthusiasm continues to inspire us all.

Thanks go to all in the Art Department and those throughout the College, who helped make it such an enjoyable season at the gallery, which not only included the Mount House shows, but also the Student Photography Exhibition within Heywood and a display of LP cover art in Common Room.

Ray Ward
Co-ordinator of Arts

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