Studying and engaging in the Arts is an integral part of College philosophy. Dulwich Creative is a manifestation of this commitment to the Arts and the week-long initiative in November 2014 brought together Art, Drama, Music and DT in a series of events and activities to draw out and showcase boys' creative talents.
Every pupil in the school, from DUCKS to Year 13, was involved in drawing and sculpting and hearing or seeing artists who included Craig Wylie, Christian Naagel and Ben Woodeson at work.
“The clay heads activity was really fun and challenging, I have loved seeing the installation and what we can achieve creatively and collectively as a school,” Felipe Bunge 10S
Older boys learned about careers in the creative arts, hearing from speakers such as photographer David Clerihew, production designer Patrick Watson, Academy Award-winning producer of Shakespeare in Love David Parfitt, and Technical Director of the National Theatre Katrina Gilroy.
“It was a really interesting afternoon, it was amazing to see what an OA who had only recently left had managed to achieve in the world of Design,” Jim Bannister 10T
The theme was ‘hijack’ and spaces, objects and the College intranet were hijacked. Even the timetable was hijacked when boys collectively created a piece of art for a whole-school exhibition and to which every Alleynian contributed. Each boy also created a clay portrait to contribute to a massive art installation. At the end of the week 1600 clay portraits were displayed in The Store, a room hijacked as a new exhibition and performance space.
There were music recitals, public rehearsals, dramatic performances, poetry readings, artistic hijackings and fascinating expeditions, which engaged the whole College community. The week culminated on the Friday evening with the opening night of the Lower School production of Hiawatha and the grand opening of The Store, where Claire Toomey of the Craft Council gave a keynote address.
Dulwich Creative 2014 was dedicated to the memory of Saagar Naresh (OA 2006-2012), a committed and creative Alleynian who contributed generously to every aspect of College life.