Jump in at the deep end or simply paddle in the shallows. In a year when David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with two ﬁgures) became the most expensive artwork ever sold by a living British artist, so too our own Year 11 and 13 artists reached the high point of their own personal voyages on Wednesday evening at the Private View of their joint exhibition ‘Pool’. Now basking in the sun’s reﬂections, with a long summer horizon to look towards, Dulwich artists understand that pooling resources and working collaboratively is what really makes the creative tide turn. A ‘think tank’ pulled together, they learned and grew from each other. The encouragement has been to take risks and many have happily broken all the rules, dived straight in and immersed themselves in their ideas. Others make waves by carefully testing the waters before navigating their own, often personal, hidden depths.
‘To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim, you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and ﬂoat.’ Alan Watts, philosopher
After the international splash of ‘Dulwich Creative’ we continue to mark our 400 celebrations and took time to enjoy the work created this year with this joint show of GCSE and A level outcomes. As ever, the department is immensely proud of the boys’ creative endeavour and ability to look beyond the surface. Sometimes it’s a case of sink or swim, yet this year, no less than ﬁve students are taking up places at competitive Art Foundation Courses with others going on to study Architecture or creative pathways here and across the pond. We wish all our leavers the very best of luck as they perpetuate the ripple-effect of the Dulwich Art Department across uncharted seas.
Come on in, the water’s ﬁne!