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Art At Cheltenham College

Cheltenham College Art Department is housed in a unique space that is made up of five large practical areas: ‘The Main Studio’, where the majority of 3rd Form and GCSE students are taught, ‘The Yellow Studio’ which is an all purpose teaching space and a very large ‘Upper College Studio’. Along-side this we have a well equipped Ceramics / 3D area containing two kilns and 4 electric potter’s wheels and a separate Printmaking / Resources Studio. ‘The Rotunda; Collaborative Learning Centre’, is a beautiful circular library extremely well stocked with Art reference books both historical and contemporary. We are very proud of our Art department gallery called ‘The White Gallery’ which provides an interactive exhibition space for College,  the local community and beyond. Our department surrounds the stunning ‘Thirlestaine Long Gallery’, known as the ‘TLG’, which is an enviable space for exhibitions, theatrical and musical performance, teaching and lectures.

Art at Cheltenham College is a lively, diverse, exciting & stimulating place for all. The Art department encourages work to be produced in a vast range of media, with IT provision that includes six Apple Macs, an A3 laser colour printer, a large flatscreen TV in ‘The White Gallery’ and full networking facilities.

Syllabus & Exams

Since September 2014, the Third Form pupils have all followed a structured course, based on a wide range of one-off workshops giving them access to a whole range of working methods and materials. This is intended to give students an introduction to GCSE project work so that they can make an informed decision on their GCSE optional subject choices. For GCSE, we follow the AQA syllabus which can be found on the AQA website

Click the link below to take a look at some of our pupils art work:

The White Gallery

'The White Gallery' is a new exhibition area and interactive space created by Juliet Wallace-Mason, the Head of Department. It is a multi-functional space, constantly changing, but the underlying theme of many of the exhibitions is to encourage our students to create work inspired by the artists that exhibit here, so that they have the chance to exhibit their responses along-side the professionals. Visitors are always most welcome to pop in to our Open Evening events, where they can meet the artists and wonder around our exhibitions. ‘The White Gallery’ is open all week from Monday - Saturday from 7.30am to 8.00pm by appointment.

Juliet Wallace-Mason, Head of Art

Art Exhibitions 2015 - 2016

Peter Lelliott

We kick start the autumn term with a display in Thirlestaine Long gallery (TLG) of recent work by our artist in residence Peter Lelliott.

The focus of the art department this term will be drawing and the comprehensive range of drawings produced by Peter, over his diverse artist career, brings to College a real diversity within the stylist approach of drawing.

Red Savannah Photographic Competition

Our second annual College-wide photographic competition will take place in November and December, kindly sponsored again by Red Savannah, a Cheltenham based independent travel company.  The theme is the juxtaposition between wealth and poverty. Once again there is a £350 voucher from the Camera Exchange and last years’ winner, Tara Wadsall, Westal House, had her winning image featured in Red Savannah’s world wide brochure. 

Alongside this show will be an exhibition of photographs taken by Cheltenham College Teacher, Dom Faulkner, from his expedition to Nepal.  This will be accompanied by an evening lecture. College has strong links with Nepal through its long term support to The Shamrock School in Nepal.

Natasha Houseago

Our Christmas Exhibition features the work of sculptor Natasha Houseago.  Famous for her wood sculptures, this retrospective show of her work will include maquettes, full sized carved sculptures and working drawings along with a piece designed for a local primary school of electronic cathodes. She will be working with Christine Croton, Head of Grounds at College, to create a sculpture from the trees felled within College grounds, that is representative of an element of College life.  In addition, she will be running two Sunday workshops with the Design and Technology Department and Art Department and an evening lecture. The show will run from the beginning of January through to half-term.

Every year our new Third Year produce a piece of work which is an independent project to reflect a theme decided by the Headmaster.  Previous pieces have included video, huge canvases and sculpture and all produced to an extraordinarily high standard showing a diverse and creative approach to the task.  This year’s Project Show will be displayed during half-term.

Easter half-term National Prep Schools SATIPS

Cheltenham College Preparatory School is delighted to be hosting the SATIPS National Prep School art exhibition which runs for two weeks from 23 April to 6 May 2016.   SATIPS showcases an inspiring and heart warming collection of artwork by reception to Year 8 pupils from schools up and down the country.

We feel that this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the artwork of school children on a national platform.  Hosting this event will allow us to build upon the strong reputation that Cheltenham has as a centre of arts and culture that it has earned through its varied festivals programme.