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Art update - February 2022

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It has been a very busy and varied first half of term in the Art department and we wanted to share an update of just some of the highlights of what the artists in the Canford Community have been exploring, plus the announcement of an exciting charity Fashion Show event coming up in March.


Open Exhibition

We were delighted to be able to hold an Open Exhibition in the Coldstream Gallery once again. Members of the Canford community were invited to be part of the exhibition to celebrate the variety of creative practice within the school community and the talent that exists, using any media and subject, from textiles, photography, film, animation, painting and 3D work. Our photographer, Paul West, captured some of the amazing work on display created by our pupils and staff here: 



Big Photography Takeover Weekend


We were delighted to welcome back OC and recent Canford Art pupil Lily Lloyd (W18) to Canford on Friday 11th February for a ‘Big Photography Takeover Weekend’. Lily and fellow photographer Liv Pugsley, a Natural History and Marine Photographer, set up a portrait studio at the bottom of the Tower by Long Gallery and spent over 2 hours taking portraits of members of the Canford community to start the weekend’s series of events and workshops. The body of work collected will be curated to document the different faces that make up the Canford Community titled ‘A Portrait of Canford’.


Fifth Form trip to Oxford


It is important to complement work in the Art School with inspiration from beyond the arch, so to start their GCSE project, Fifth Form artists visited the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford and as a mind-blowing contrast, the peaceful Pitt Rivers Museum. Both visits will have provided many ideas to stimulate their creativity in their curriculum work.



Shell collages


Shell pupils have enjoyed making bright and colourful collages inspired by what is important to them and what lockdown has taught them. Here are some examples of work they produced.

The challenge was to create imagery using symbols, stylised illustration and a limited, harmonious colour palette.


Wardrobe Foundation Metamorphosis Fashion Show


The Friends of Canford School have teamed up with the Wardrobe Foundation to host a fashion show with a difference.


Wardrobe Foundation was started by OC Eloise Grant in September of 2020. The social enterprise provides clothing gift bags to women in need of clothing support across Dorset and BCP, with the aim of supporting women, while promoting sustainability.


A group of very talented Canford pupils have been tasked with an art project by the Wardrobe Foundation to use up surplus clothing and fabric. With the theme of ‘Metamorphosis’, this group have been challenged to create a wearable item that can be showcased on the catwalk, or a piece of art to be displayed at the event to celebrate the idea of change and Metamorphosis.


This promises to be a fantastic community event. If you are interested in joining us at the show on Sunday 20th March, please visit our BOOK EVENTS page to find out more and book tickets.

Canford Wardrobe Foundation Fashion Show


Nicola Will, Canford’s Head of Art said:


Being able to use our studios and equipment without the tight restrictions of the past academic year has been such a relief and as such the Art School is buzzing with activity and creativity. This term we have finally been able to welcome prep schools to our workshops, to hold exhibitions and share our work with our community. The Fifth Form have been to Oxford to start their next project and it is such a pleasure to be back in galleries and engaging with the world outside of Canford. There is lots more planned for the future so watch this space!”