Creative thinking runs through the Dulwich DNA. It is no accident that our first school-wide Free Learning Day was called Dulwich Creative. The new Laboratory initiative has Renaissance thinking at its heart; with its collaboration between the Arts and Science taking centre stage.
"A broad education in the arts helps give children a better understanding of their world…We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate." Paul Ostergard, Vice President, Citicorp
We are not primarily in the business of training ‘Artists’, but in educating young people to be visually literate, confident enough to express themselves and to explore, appraise and understand the world around them. We aim to develop cultured young people who will value the role of Art and Design in the world they live and work in.
Through our studio-based learning, we also aim to provide opportunities to foster that sense of wonder and curiosity which leads students to make links and understand relationships in all that they see.
Igniting, inventing and imagining drives every Alleynian and the creative arts at Dulwich provide the opportunity to excel. In addition to curating major exhibitions of students’ work throughout the school, the Art department enjoys visionary collaborations with major British artists.
The Music department showcases the extraordinary talents of its instrumentalists and choral scholars in major concerts within school and National concert halls including the Festival Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Kings College Cambridge. The Edward Alleyn Theatre has become a crucible for producing fearless original work of the highest dramatic order. Productions have been staged at the Sam Wanamaker playhouse at the Globe Theatre and our young actors regularly perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
In 2019 Dulwich College was awarded Independent School of the Year for the Performing Arts, acknowledging the work and talent of the Drama and Music departments. The award was conferred by Independent School Parent magazine.