Creative thinking is part of the Dulwich DNA. It is no accident that our first school-wide Free Learning Day was Dulwich Creative. The new Laboratory initiative has at its heart Renaissance thinking associated with the collaboration between the Sciences and the Arts.
Our aim is to educate young people to be culturally literate, confident enough to express themselves and to explore, understand and appraise the world around them, through the medium of the Creative & Expressive Arts.
Through our teaching we aim to provide opportunities to foster the sense of wonder and curiosity that leads students to make links and understand relationships in all they see and experience. Igniting, inventing and imagining drives every Dulwich pupil and they are afforded exceptional opportunities to excel in the Performing and Visual Arts.
"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
In addition to curating major exhibitions of boys work throughout the school, the Art department enjoys visionary collaborations with major British artists, architects and designers, enjoying regular trips to New York, Berlin and St Ives.
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 the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank, and our young actors and technicians regularly perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Meanwhile, 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.
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.