Art Degree and Foundation Course Achievements

At the close of an exceptionally busy term within the Art School, this year we are able to celebrate the commendable successes by eight of our students, who have achieved highly regarded offers to study for an Art degree or Foundation course. Applying for Art based, Further Education courses is an increasingly challenging, detailed and […]

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Review: Art Exhibitions

In the second half of Lent Term the Mount House Gallery hosted ‘Regrowth’, an exhibition by Jane Corbett, a mixed media artist who studied Fine Art at Newcastle University then trained with the Queen Mother’s milliner, Rose Cory. If you read magazines or watch television you will have seen Jane’s remarkable hats on the heads […]

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Artist in Residence: A Painter’s Progress

Throughout the Michaelmas and first half of the Lent Term, Timothy Betjeman, our present Artist in Residence, can often be found deep in concentration, painting and drawing within the College Chapel. As a highly accomplished plein-air artist, Tim has been inspired to capture the subtly changing light, that can be observed within the Marlborough College […]

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EPQ at the Mount House Gallery

A thought-provoking and impressive exhibition at the Mount House Gallery by three EPQ students took us into Lent half-term.  ‘Previous Representations of Diogenes in Art’ by Ellie Allan (LI L6) is an essay following the life and beliefs of the Cynic philosopher culminating in a mixed media art work. Six chapters, ‘Shamelessness’, ‘Philanthropy’, ‘Deface the Coinage’, ‘Living […]

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Art Scholars’ Exhibition Preview

Pupils, parents and guests are welcome to attend the Art Scholars’ Exhibition Preview evening this Friday 20th January. The event will begin at 7pm and run through until 8.30pm in the Mount House Gallery. Artist in residence Timothy Betjeman and the art scholars have been working hard towards the new year exhibition with their work […]

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‘Have You Forgotten Yet?’ Exhibition

In November, an exhibition to commemorate armistice and 100 years since the Battle of the Somme was clearly visible from the road and lit up at night with photographs displaying the faces of 40 of the 749 Old Marlburians whose deaths were caused by World War I.  An incredible World War I statistic that we […]

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Art School Staff Exhibition

Every pupil during their time at Marlborough should get the opportunity to see the personal art work of art teaching staff and this year we were treated to an exhibition showing great diversity and skill.  All academic staff need to keep abreast of the changing movements within their discipline and for Art tutors, along with […]

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Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Towards the close of the first half of term, our Fine Art students were taken to visit the latest exhibition at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.  Entitled, ‘From Where I’m Standing’, the show provided a commendable juxtaposition between contemporary ceramics and works of art from the museum’s highly regarded collection. The ceramic sculptures, created primarily […]

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Art Scholars Visit Rabley

Following on from our London excursion, the Art Scholars were provided with the valuable opportunity to view the current exhibition at Rabley Drawing Centre, situated in Mildenhall, Marlborough.  Works by Sally Taylor and Stephen Snoddy both complemented the gallery space and drew intriguing parallels between their artistic repertoire. Meryl Ainslie, the Gallery Director, provided a […]

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London Museums Trip

During October, our Upper Sixth Fine Art and Photography pupils attended the now annual research trip to London museums and galleries.  Alongside photographing London sights around the galleries, written and drawing analysis tasks within Jerwood Space where undertaken, whilst viewing the 2016 Jerwood Drawing Prize. Later that day, within Tate Modern, the new Switch House […]

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Resident Tourist by Timothy Betjeman

Timothy Betjeman started the new term in the Mount House as Artist in Residence with a versatile and accomplished exhibition. The diversity of Betjeman’s work is immediately impressive. He might be working directly from the landscape, kitchen sink studies in his studio or building montages on glass with paper, paint and gold leaf, but one […]

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Art in Common Room

This term, exhibitions in Common Room and The Heywood Block show the work of two young Wiltshire artists.  Both work in monochrome and interestingly, neither of them went to art school.  David Robinson, intrigued and frustrated by his daily commute from Swindon to Oxford, took to drawing his fellow passengers at the station and on […]

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Artist in Residence Exhibition

‘Resident Tourist’ an exhibition by new Artist in Residence Timothy Betjeman opens Friday 16th September. The preview evening takes place in the Mount House Gallery from 7pm. About Timothy Betjeman Born in New York City in 1982 and based in London since 2006, Betjeman studied Visual Art and Philosophy at the University of Chicago (BA) […]

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Art History Book

A new art history book published in Germany this month contains a chapter by Marlborough’s Head of History of Art, Dr Simon McKeown.  The book, Emblematik im Ostseeraum/Emblematics Around the Baltic has been compiled by a team of international scholars and Dr McKeown’s contribution concerns Swedish symbolic art in the reign of King Erik XIV.

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Review: Remove Trip to London Galleries

Alongside the stone staircase at the Royal Academy of Arts, as part of this year’s Summer Exhibition, seven imposing c-type prints by Jane and Louise Wilson led us expectantly into the main galleries.  The rich collection of over 1,200 artworks displayed, ensured that we remained fully engaged with the abundant variety of art, from emerging, […]

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Sixth Form Visit to London Galleries

Our first exhibition visit took us to Tate Modern, passing the nearly complete, pyramidal  Herzog & deMeuron extension. Inside the established galleries, a very comprehensive collection of works by Mona Hatoum, spanning 35 years, proved highly absorbing for our Sixth Form students.  After lunch, we walked to Jerwood Space, where our current Artist in Residence, […]

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Review: Summer Term Art Exhibitions

‘Strange But Somehow Beautiful’ is the title of an essay by writer Mike Yates, about his stunning collection of Adan art from Ghana. The corresponding show, which opened in April at the Mount House Gallery, included over 200 wooden figures, two large beautiful woven fabrics and metal ceremonial objects, made not as art works, but […]

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Mount House Exhibition

A preview evening will take place in the Mount House Gallery this Friday featuring an exhibition curated by Artist in Residence Archie Franks. This year Archie has put together a show not just featuring his own work, but also that of the pupils he has worked with. The preview evening takes place on Friday 10th […]

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Mount House Exhibition Open

The next Mount House exhibition, “Strange but somehow beautiful” is of sculptures and textiles from the Adan people of South East Ghana which belong to journalist and enthusiast Mike Yates. His interest goes back to the 1970s and is part of decades of collecting, recording and writing about folk music, ceramics and painting. The writer […]

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Review: Art School Tour to Madrid

Aphra Mactaggart (IH L6) reviews the Upper School half-term Art Department trip to Madrid. After a quick, early morning flight, we wasted no time stepping out of our hotel to the Atocha Train Station. We were greeted by towering ferns and plants, unexpectedly, inside the building. Spanish architects Alberto de Palacio Elissagne and Gustav Eiffel […]

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EPQ Joint Art Exhibition

Two Lower Sixth pupils, Ami Jackson (MM L6) and Xanthe Nathan (MO L6), have been displaying their recent creativity and imagination within the Mount House Gallery, as part of their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).  This course allows pupils to undertake a personal research project through a variety of approaches, which includes performance and exhibition pieces. […]

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