Review: Art and Literature Festival Talk

To launch the Art and Literature Festival Mr Parnham’s talk entitled ‘The Call of the Wild Landscape’ introduced us to eminent and contemporary artists, many of whose captivating works were available to view at the accompanying Mount House Gallery exhibition ‘Interpreting the Landscape.’ The illustrated presentation began by discussing the esteemed British twentieth century painter […]

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Review: Art and Literature Festival Exhibition

As part of the Art and Literature Festival the Mount House Gallery opened its doors to a show called ‘Interpreting the Landscape’. Visitors viewed special works of art by seven artists dedicated to visualising their fascination with the landscape, together with many works kindly loaned by the Albert Irvin Estate, Belgrave St Ives, Advanced Graphics […]

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Drawing the Wild Landscape Workshop

Within the theme of ‘landscape’, I had the idea to present a workshop to help participants experience the benefits of being in nature whilst remaining in the art school. I proposed being guided through the outdoors in the mind’s eye while making marks on the paper without seeing, therefore without judging. Pupils and staff were […]

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12 Edward Twohig original prints acquired by the British Museum

The highly successful exhibition by Edward Twohig, our Head of Art, of his ‘Recent Prints from Wiltshire and Italy’ at the Mount House Gallery in Marlborough, has taken Edward’s relationship with the British Museum’s Prints & Drawings Department to an unprecedented place. Having been aware of Edward’s creativity and his involvement with the Royal Society […]

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Art and Literature Festival Launches this week

To celebrate how visual artists and writers respond to the ‘call of the wild landscape’, the Art and English Departments have created a vibrant programme of festival events, including talks, readings, an art workshop and writing competition, accompanied by our much anticipated ‘Interpreting the Landscape’ Mount House Gallery exhibition. Pupils and the wider College community […]

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Junior Art Scholarship Day

The recent Junior Art Scholarship day saw 17 pupils from 16 Prep Schools visit the College for a day’s drawing from observation in the Mount House Gallery. In preparation, each were asked to bring a folder containing five works they are most happy with and two recent workbooks containing drawings, photographs and recordings. No easy […]

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GCSE Art Trip to the Oxford

Sixty GCSE pupils and four Art staff set off for Oxford early on Tuesday 4th February in preparation towards the GCSE examination titles, specifically to record first-hand their findings through observational drawings, photographs and notation. Our destination was the Natural History Museum as well as study man-made artefacts from varied cultures contained within the adjoining […]

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Twohig’s originals selected by British Museum

Edward Twohig’s original prints selected for acquisition by the British Museum Original prints remain on display in the Mount House Gallery until 14th February We are delighted that the amazing collection of ‘Recent Prints from Wiltshire and Italy’ by Edward Twohig, our esteemed Head of Art, currently on display in the Mount House Gallery, has […]

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Art School Life – Pupils’ Film

There is a huge breadth of artistic activity that takes place within the Art School buildings throughout each day and week. To convey ‘Art Life at Marlborough College’ we were commissioned and encouraged by Mr Parnham to plan, record, and edit a short film. Over the duration of the Michaelmas and start of the Lent […]

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Recent prints from Wiltshire and Italy

The Mount House Gallery exhibition by Edward Twohig (Head of Art) – ‘Recent prints from Wiltshire and Italy’ – opens on Friday 31st January. Esther Lambert (SU U6) went along for a preview… Upholding Marlborough’s rich history of esteemed printmaker-teachers, such as Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956), Christopher Wyndham Hughes (1881-1961), Richard Shirley Smith (1935- ) and […]

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Printmaking in Perspective

On the afternoon of Tuesday 13th January 1920, the then Head of Art at Marlborough College, Christopher Hughes (1880-1961), met two artists emerging from the platform at Marlborough train station. Both had travelled down from London to deliver an evening ‘lantern slide lecture’ on ‘Printmaking from Rembrandt to Haden’ and spend the following day giving […]

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Film Society begins with ‘Illusion of Life’ Talk

The new Film Study Society was launched by Mr Parnham with his exhilarating talk, ‘Illusion of Life’ on Thursday 5th December. It could not have been opened in a better way, already on its first event it attracted a full audience who were thoroughly intrigued. Starting his talk in Altamira, Spain with prehistoric cave paintings, […]

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Art Exhibition Review: Kindred Vessels

A Review of “Kindred Vessels” by Elé Van Schoor and Siobhán Humston by Art Scholars, Jamie Walker (Su) and Max Baldock (C2) Elé Van Schoor and Siobhán Humston’s collaborative exhibition Kindred Vessels is a fascinating exhibition as the more one looks the more one sees. Although Elé’s and Siobhan’s work do not, for the most […]

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Christopher Hughes (CR 1920-45) Artwork Collection

Following on from my articles on the Marlborough Art beak and Head of Art, Christopher Hughes (CR 1920-1945) in June and October with help from Archives, the Art Department has begun a restoration programme. This will focus on the College Collection of Hughes’ own etchings and line drawings given to Marlborough by the artist and […]

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Art School Art Collection in College

The undertaking of cataloguing the extensive and important Art College Collection, running to over 150 works, many gifted to the College by artists who have exhibited in the Mount House Gallery, has just been completed. It was a mammoth and fascinating task. And further, the Art Department reconfigured this work and curated displays in the […]

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Prep School Teachers’ Creative Day

A busy, interactive programme of workshops and discussions were greatly enjoyed by 20 colleagues from 17 prep schools, who attended our third Art Teachers’ Creative Day in November. Amongst the uplifting exhibition of artworks within Art@theLodge, we embarked on the objectives for the day: to prepare pupils for Art Scholarship applications; impart creative practice; and […]

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Review: ‘Sea of Plastic’ by Tony Common

Ella Seton (DA Re) reviews the recent ‘Sea of Plastic’ exhibition by Tony Common, whose visit highlighted his aim of helping to save wildlife from waste. I was lucky enough to be present at the opening of Tony Common’s exhibition, named ‘Sea of Plastic’, which took place at the Mount House Gallery. As I entered […]

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Review: Talk by Don McCullin

We were honoured that highly acclaimed international photographer Sir Don McCullin kindly agreed to give an illustrated talk at Marlborough College recently. As an iconic war photographer, Don McCullin has witnessed many worldwide human tragedies. When entering zones of conflict or deprivation such as Vietnam, Syria, Berlin, London’s post war East End and the industrial […]

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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 pupils’ 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 are […]

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