Art Department – Review and Preview

A torrent of visual creation sums up this Michaelmas term at Marlborough. Embellished a bit more, “con brio” (liveliness and energy) and “con spirito” (with spirit), to borrow from musical analogy, springs immediately to mind. I am writing this on the evening of Sunday 10th December; there were 74 pupils in the Art School from […]

Read More

Exhibition of Icelandic Paintings

Presently, within the New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall, Jonathan Parnham, Head of Visual Arts Promotion and Teacher of Art at Marlborough College, is exhibiting his latest collection of paintings. The show, titled ‘Light from the North: Visual Explorations of Iceland’ originated through Mr Parnham joining a College excursion to the extraordinary Nordic island, to […]

Read More

Review: Talk by Peter Lavery

Marlburians and members of the College community were very lucky to hear one of Britain’s most eminent and skilled photographers, Peter Lavery, give a talk at the College about his inspiring career within the world of art and photography, including his most important personal project‘Circus Works’. Peter introduced the audience to his unique portfolio of […]

Read More

An appreciation of Derek Hill (LI 1930-33)

Derek Hill, a former pupil at Marlborough College, went on to become Director of the British School in Rome before devoting his life to painting and art collecting. He was born on this day in 1916. Edward Twohig, our Head of Art, has written this short article in appreciation: Inspirations come and go, though artistic […]

Read More

Review: Peter Lavery: Circus Works Exhibition

Widely known for his highly skilled narrative works and acclaimed advertising photography, Peter Lavery has also been photographing circus performers throughout Britain for the last 50 years. Shot largely on a historic plate camera, Peter has captured an impressive and unique collection of circus subjects, which has become the longest running social documentary project within […]

Read More

Prep Schools’ Art Day

Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, The Master; Julia Hodgson, Director of Admissions; Edward Twohig, Head of Art and I welcomed 15 Heads and Teachers of Art to our second event involving varied workshops, talks and informative discussions. We began within the Master’s Lodge, amongst an elegant exhibition of artworks forming part of the College’s new initiative Art@theLodge, recently […]

Read More

Remembering The Fallen

Inspired by the installation at the Tower of London, ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ by Paul Cummins, the Art department have undertaken a similar project to make over 1,400 simple ceramic poppies to represent and commemorate the soldiers who lost their lives during WW1. Each year, since November 2014, every pupil entering the school […]

Read More

Artists visit Ashmolean Museum

Lower Sixth artists spent a day exploring the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, on Tuesday 6th November. 33 pupils created observational sketches (a number of pupils creating very assiduous and detailed observed work) from a range of paintings and sculptures spanning over five centuries, from Michelangelo in the High Renaissance, to Bacon and Freud, “two masters of […]

Read More

Review: Walk and Talk

Upper Sixth Art Scholar, Nell Hargrove, looks back at the ‘Walk and Talk’ event in the Mount House Gallery by Edward Twohig, Head of Art.  On Monday evening, Mr Twohig took an eager audience on a ‘Walk & Talk’ around the Mount House Gallery. We were presented with an engaging story of art from 1918, […]

Read More

Siobhán Humston: Creative Practice Talk

To introduce our Artist in Residence for 2018-19 to the College community, Canadian born Siobhán Humston presented a slideshow and discussed her practice as an interdisciplinary artist. Mostly involved with creating works from, and amongst, the natural world, Siobhán has undertaken a degree in Ireland, been chosen for residencies in New Zealand, USA, the Netherlands […]

Read More

Visible Poetry – The Complete Etchings by Samuel Palmer & Robin Tanner

Mount House Gallery, Friday 5th October to Sunday 11th November (not including half-term) The Mount House Gallery heaved with visitors to the Opening of Visible Poetry on Friday evening. College pupils and members of staff along with members of the Marlborough local community came to view the intense, iconic images that are icons in the […]

Read More

Review: Mount House Gallery Exhibition

This September there was an amazing opportunity to see ‘Marlborough Mound and other Sites’ by artist Ray Ward, within the Mount House. The gallery contained some striking art, created by two completely contrasting techniques. The inspiration for this collection of works was based on the area where the artist lives, and little incidents which happen […]

Read More

Review: Fashion and Media Careers Event

Susie Forbes, Principal of the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design in London, gave a detailed talk to our year groups recently. Gaining extensive editorial experience within the vibrant world of fashion and media for over 25 years led Susie to take up her role as Principle of Condé Nast College in 2011. Pupils […]

Read More

Creative Activity Day in Art for Prep Schools

Twenty pupils from seventeen Prep Schools attended a super packed day at Marlborough College on Sunday 30th September, creating extraordinary high quality drawings and paintings. Pupils began in the morning gathering thoughts creating a detailed mind-map on the theme of identity through place. They then moved to the Mount House Gallery to view Ray Ward’s […]

Read More

‘PrintREbels’ Exhibition Tour

Director of Art Edward Twohig opened his touring ‘PrintREbels’ exhibition to a packed and fascinated audience at the Burton Art Gallery in Bideford over the Exeat weekend. Click here for further information regarding the opening, or to find out more about Marlborough College’s Head of Art – please click here.  

Read More

Fellowship awarded to Head of Art 

The Royal Academy equivalent and world’s premier Society in the realm of original printmaking is the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), in London. Since it’s foundation in 1880 eighty Fellows are admitted at any one time, each deemed outstanding, internationally, in the field of creating original prints. The process in selecting is rigorous and in […]

Read More

Drawing is the Bones of Art

This Summer Term has seen all Remove GCSE artists prepare, plan and create a composition from a first-hand source that is both meaningful and the result of planning; all in preparation for the experience of the actual examination next year. The titles were based on last year’s GCSE examination titles. Each pupil created a carefully […]

Read More

Review: ‘Full Circle Half Knowledge’

Review by Emily Symington (MM U6), Art Scholar In this exhibition, currently on display at the Mount House Gallery, cool porcelain is infused with an extraordinary energy and life to map one artist’s experience of Marlborough College. When walking around Julia Schuster’s ethereal collection of vessels, I could not help but reach out to touch the […]

Read More

Exhibition: Full Circle Half Knowledge

Every year Marlborough College hosts an Artist-in-Residence at the prestigious campus set in the ancient landscape of Wiltshire. Full Circle Half Knowledge is the culmination of Julia Schuster’s residency at the college. The exhibition at Mount House Gallery brings together new work that aligns body, object and nature. Schuster’s primary medium is clay, which is […]

Read More

Portrait of Marlborough’s 17th Master

The portrait of the 17th Master, Jonathan Leigh, was recently unveiled on Prize Day and is now on display in Norwood Hall. This painting faces pupils and the Chapel. This portrait was painted by the renowned painter and engraver, Richard Shirley Smith, who was a former Head of Art at Marlborough College from 1966 to […]

Read More

OM 175/50: New Contemporaries Art Exhibition

This fascinating collection of art from eight Old Marlburians, ranged from modern ceramic works, to detailed patterning and Indian ink studies. Each young artist has presented their most investigative and unique work from both university and recent exhibitions. A diverse variety of techniques were on show; Chloe Campbell (MO 2005-10) created beautiful paper cut works […]

Read More