Mural Restoration at Preshute Primary

Five of our Lower Sixth Artists are giving their time this term to restoring a mural at Preshute Primary school back to its former glory as part of the Outreach programme. A replica of Georges Seurat’s painting ‘Bathers at Asnières’ was adorning the playground at the primary school but had become weathered and worn by […]

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Prep School Art Experience Day

On Sunday 6th October, 19 pupils from 15 prep schools experienced a day in the Art School painting, cutting and making, in a way and with materials not used by these pupils before. This was the second such Sunday this school year when prep school pupils created work in the Art Department. Mr Parham’s group […]

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New Directions for Art

Each new school year brings fresh ideas, ambitions and approaches within pupil’s work. As I write our A level U6 artists and photographers have already made their creative stamp inside the Art Department studios and many GCSE artists are beginning to create work mirroring their ideas powerfully and fluently. What is wonderful to see is […]

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Artist-in-Residence: Siobhán Humston

On account of her success last school year, Siobhán Humston accepted the invitation to stay a further year as Artist-in-Residence at Marlborough College. Observing this artist’s creativity and curiosity within the Art School environment is as nurturing as it is inspirational for pupils and staff. Her working space in the Art School is a repository […]

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Art Donation by an OM

After reading a feature article about Christopher Hughes – the former Head of Art (1920-45) at Marlborough – on this website back in June, Henry Paul Street (B3 1956-61) contacted the Development Office over the summer and very generously sent two fine etchings to the College from Australia by this great and influential Art beak […]

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Art Foundation & Degree Applications

Following on from the Art Department’s success with eight Upper Sixth pupils gaining first choice places at leading Art College’s and Architectural Schools in the preceding school year, a talk equipped with helpful information packs was held by Mr Twohig and Mr Parnham on the evening of Thursday 19th September aimed specifically to prepare those […]

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Richard Shirley Smith Exhibition

The Mount House Gallery saw over one hundred visitors from College and local community attending our first exhibition opening in this new school year. It was a grand event for a grand and renowned painter and engraver. A celebratory atmosphere prevailed this opening of Richard Shirley Smith’s exhibition of paintings, drawings, collages and wood-engravings with […]

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Prep School Pupils Get Creative

On Sunday 15th September the Art Department hosted Year 8 pupils from 11 prep schools. The day centred around creating observational and expressive work inspired by the current exhibition on display in the Mount House Gallery. Pupils began with brainstorming ideas and information on the artist Richard Shirley Smith while getting to know, first hand, […]

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Visiting Bruno Gorlato: Printmaker & Painter

A display in Studio 1 within the Art School shows work and the inspirations of Italian artist Bruno Gorlato. Meeting a living hero is a rare event in anyone’s life. In August this year I first met this renowned printmaker whose work I had known and been intrigued by since my Art College years. Visiting […]

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C1 artwork by Julian Trevelyan

“Marlborough College” c.1960 by Julian Trevelyan, R.A., Hon. R.E. (1910-1988) Hanging silently and peacefully, indeed perfectly, in C1 House Library is a “home grown” work of art of distinction and beauty. In fact, the more one looks at this work the more it strikes the viewer. Go beyond the merely superficially naive style and look […]

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Video: Art Scholars’ Creativity

Dr Roberts and pupil video enthusiasts, with music by Mr Adam Staines, have created a compelling vignette of work by current Art scholars. This shows scholars speaking about their work created for the Art Scholars’ Exhibition in the Mount House based on the theme of “identity” and what this title means. Well worth two minutes […]

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Artist-in-Residence Interview

Peps Haydn Taylor (NC L6) sits down with Artist-in-Residence, Siobhán Humston, top discuss her latest exhibition, Akin Uncountable… *********************************** Walking into Siobhán Humston’s studio space is like walking into a tiny private forest – every surface is adorned with poppy seed heads or pots of dried yellow mulberries, twigs with interesting lichen or reused containers […]

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Richard Shirley Smith Exhibition

Mount House Gallery, Friday 13th September 6.30 to 8.30pm “A Retrospective of Paintings, Drawings and Engravings by Richard Shirley Smith” will be our first exhibition in the new school year. It promises to be a not to be missed show. Richard Shirley Smith was Head of Art at the College between 1966 and 1970. Works […]

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Artists Visit Royal Academy & National Portrait Gallery

On Monday 24th June, 57 Remove artists experienced the vast and diffuse array of artwork on display in this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Seeing such an impact on walls piled eight pictures high in some places was a test in “visual overload.” However, it was thrilling to see our pupils take this […]

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Portrait Sculpting Course

I’ve been very fortunate to join eight people of all walks of life on a Luke Shepherd sculpting course near Ashburton, Devon. Luke works in clay and has done many commissions over his 30-year career. His clay portraits are usually cast in bronze when completed. This four-day sculpting course is designed to teach students to […]

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Gallery: Remove Artwork

Last week 62 pupils sat the 2.5 hour Remove Art Exam – and their work can be viewed below in an online picture gallery. The task was to create a sustained quality drawing based on current project work, under exam conditions. From climate change to memonto-mori via natural form, pupils observed and explored their subject […]

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Gallery: A Level Fine Art

The latest exhibition in the Art School is a selected cross-section of coursework and examination projects by our current Upper Sixth artists. This display is to be moderated by external examiners. The images below speak for themselves in terms of pursuit, refinement, scale, ambition, links to artists to inform understanding, experimenting with various styles and […]

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Ray Ward at Royal Academy of Arts

From 12,000 entries, shortlisted to 2,392 and then funnelled down to 700, Ray Ward’s acrylic painting, About To Get Up Again (painted on card, 840 x 590 mm, pictured below) was selected by the committee of the Royal Academy for display in the 251st Summer Exhibition. This is no small feat, in-fact it is a […]

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Etchings by Christopher Hughes

There are two etchings of C House and A House with Chapel on display on the Art School walls that are dignified, low-key, technically accomplished and compellingly beautiful the more one takes the time to view both. Their author is Christopher Wyndham Hughes who taught and lead art at Marlborough when the department was housed […]

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Gallery: GCSE Art Moderation

This year’s GCSE Art Moderation took place in the Ceramics studio as two moderators examined this year’s Hundred coursework and examination projects, along with our internal marks which were released to pupils earlier in May. Display boards, as seen in the images below, were filled with work by pupils celebrating the examined assessment objectives as […]

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Review: Printabilities

Since the Renaissance prints on paper have been in circulation. They were a way for artists and thinkers to spread their ideas across the known world. Prints are by nature a multiple, they exist multiple times in different guises. In the past, printmaking has often been seen as a way to ‘reproduce’ a painting or […]

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