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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Gallery: GCSE Artwork

Do please visit the Mount House Gallery on Prize Day to view this year’s wonderful GCSE pupils finished pieces, each created within the examination time. These works complete a journey of preparatory work in which pupils record, develop and refine skills are tested before presenting their ideas in a “Finished Piece” composition. The wealth of […]

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Photography Showcase

Our nine Upper Sixth Photographers concluded their A level course by completing their 15-hour examination work. Both their preparatory work and exam outcomes can be seen in the Art School on Prize Day. The work exhibited reflects a broad approach to the photographic medium. Below are a collection of images as a taster of what […]

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Gallery: A Level Artwork

Our 20 Upper Sixth Artists concluded the A level course by completed their examination work over this last month. The range and quality of their sustained enquiry are for all to see in the Art School on Prize Day. Below are a collection of images as a taster. Edward Twohig Head of Art

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Exhibition: Akin Uncountable

New Work by our Artist-in-Residence, Siobhan Humston Please do place Friday 14th June from 6.30pm in your diary, it is the “Opening” evening of our Artist-in-Residence in the Mount House. Work in a variety of mediums and media created at College over the last ten months by Siobhan Humston will be on display in the […]

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Colour & Light in Oil Painting

Over Easter an exhibition, exploring the terrain of Azerbaijan, “the land of fire,” brought to fruition a seven-year project by our Head of Art, Mr Twohig. This was held for one week’s duration at Q Gallery, the leading centre for visual art in Azerbaijan, next to the iconic Maiden Tower, in Baku. Our Head of […]

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Art Foundation & Degree Course Successes

One of the highlights during our busy Lent term is celebrating the many achievements by our Upper Sixth Art pupils, whose hard work has been rewarded by gaining commendable Art degree and Foundation course offers. In the Art School, our pupils are provided with mock interviews, personal statement and portfolio preparation tutorials. Workshops concentrating on […]

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Art Scholars’ Exhibition ‘Identity’

On Friday 8th March, the 2019 scholars’ exhibition was opened by Miss Baker, Head of Art at Ludgrove School and former art teacher to two of our scholars, Edward Bentley and Rapha de Segunda. Tasked by Artist in Residence Siobhan Humston and Head of Art Mr Twohig to make a piece of art within the […]

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Visit to Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

We travelled to Drawing Projects UK in Trowbridge, where the new centre is currently hosting 69 artworks selected for the prestigious national competition. We were met by Professor Anita Taylor, artist and also its Director, who introduced us to the touring exhibition, project spaces and training room, workspaces for artists and Studio Café. The exhibition […]

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Ceramics for Charity

Every year Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth pupils can opt to participate in Ceramics for charity. This is a specialist activity where pupils learn to throw pots on the potter’s wheel. The pottery is sold either to staff members in the Common Room or to parents at the end of term. The money raised goes […]

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