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Bryanston Today exhibition

Building on the success of our previous London shows of 2008 and 2011, Bryanston held another major art and design exhibition of past and current pupils' work at Mall Galleries on The Mall, London SW1, during November 2016.

Images: (above) Sprouting Limitless Cloud by Tessa Eastman,  (right)  English Gent by Gemma Reynolds


Bryanston has a proud creative tradition and our renowned art department has inspired generations of pupils, including Lucian Freud, Sir Howard Hodgkin and Sir Terence Conran, as well as many others who have gone on to excel at top art schools and make lasting contributions to the artistic life of wherever they have found themselves. Similarly, the design and technology department has earned a national reputation for design excellence. Bryanston Today brought together art and design work from former and current pupils, as well as the staff who teach them, showcasing a breadth of talent, styles and media. Bryanston prides itself on encouraging pupils to explore and develop their own style, which was reflected in the eclecticism of this wide-ranging and exciting exhibition.



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Thank you to everyone who joined us at the private view of the exhibition on 8 November. It was wonderful to meet so many of the artists behind the fantastic pieces of work on display and to celebrate Bryanston's creativity with our wider community.


Here we introduce three of the pupil artists whose work featured in the Bryanston Today exhibition:


Childhood memories and precious moments from the past are the theme of Lucy’s paintings and ceramic sculptures. ‘I visited my granny’s house soon after she died and took photos. Then I added gold to the images, focusing on round shapes within the image.’ Lucy then made the rounded shapes in clay.’ The final stage was to produce paintings of the sculptures using oil on canvas with gold leaf added.


Piers works in spray paint and stencils. His massive image of a purple cheesegrater is likely to be one of the most eye-catching pieces in Bryanston’s 2016 London exhibition. ‘It’s about taking an everyday object and making it interesting. I like working with stencils because you don’t know what it’s going to look like as you build up each layer,’ he explained.


Isobel’s 3D piece features real-life body casts made in ghostly white wax and arranged in a series of stacking boxes. ‘It’s quite a gaunt, slightly creepy thing,’ she explained. ‘This piece compresses figures into small spaces, like playing sardines.’

OB artists included:


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