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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Junior Art Scholarship Day

Art scholarship candidates from 17 Prep Schools visited Marlborough College on Thursday 28th February. For their scholarship task these 22 Year 8 pupils drew on A1 sized paper, aspects of the interior inside the dining room, drawing room or hallway in the Master’s Lodge – no mean feat! And, while doing so, each were asked […]

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Launch of Art@the Lodge

Visual Arts Week concluded on the evening of Friday 8th February with a spellbinding gallery display in the Master’s Lodge. Our Master’s residence has gorgeous Regency-style space and on her walls are paintings, prints, sketches and etchings. The Master asked Mr Twohig to challenge her with Art and this he did…  His collection ranges from […]

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Port Regis Prep School Art Visit

Focus, during the afternoon, for 13 year 7 and 8 pupils from Port Regis Prep School in Dorset, was to view our present Mount House Gallery ‘Artists’ Sketchbooks’ group show and participate in a creative workshop. Our visiting young artists responded extremely well to my introduction to the concept of the exhibition and the works […]

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Review: Azerbaijan Paintings

Most of us have had the pleasure of seeing our Head of Art’s Rembrandt infused etchings of the Wiltshire trees that dot around our local landscape. Few of us might have even risen early enough to spot Mr Twohig working away at his etching plates in the Art School before breakfast. But I am sure […]

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Artists’ Sketchbooks Exhibition Discussions

Many Art classes received insightful discourses on the importance of sketchbooks within the creative process as part of the lively programme of events for Visual Arts Week 2019.  At the Mount House Gallery, which is currently hosting the superb Artists’ Sketchbooks show, one of the eight exhibiting artists, Marlborough College Art teacher, Mr Duplock, discussed his love for working on location in the […]

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Review: Katyuli Lloyd

Marlburians received the opportunity to join a very informative talk given by illustrator Katyuli Lloyd (MO 1998-03) during Visual Arts Week, on illustrating Virginia Woolf’s novel ‘Flush’ and Katyuli’s other recent and successful projects. Katyuli told us that when studying at Cambridge for an Illustration M.A., students were encouraged to ‘work on finding your style […]

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Review: ‘Artists’ Sketchbooks’ Exhibition

The Mount House Gallery welcomed visitors to the new ‘Artists Sketchbooks’ show on Friday 1st February, to open the second annual Visual Arts Week at Marlborough College. Diverse and captivating works by eight contemporary artists are currently being showcased. Their sketchbooks, being presented alongside the artist’s final works, give us a deeper personal understanding of […]

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Review: Professor Anita Taylor

For the second event within Visual Arts Week at Marlborough College, we were privileged to have leading artist Professor Anita Taylor visit and give us a captivating talk titled ‘Creative Practice and the Importance of Drawing’. Anita is the Executive Dean of Fine Art at Bath School of Art & Design, Bath Spa University and […]

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Review: Martin Beek – The Light of Things

2019 began with seasonal compositions on display between the Saturday 12th and Friday 25th January in the Mount House Gallery. Paintings, drawings and digital art, some created on location from the grounds of Marlborough College, adorn the walls. Colourful, abstract and vibrant are words, I believe, that best sum up the work of the artist, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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