Many congratulations to the nine Canfordians who have been offered places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities this year.
House Art 2019
The House Art competition this year was inspired by the work of Sir Peter Blake. He recently designed his first album cover in 13 years for The Who’s new album, imaginatively call Who.
Blake’s design features a medley of cultural icons in grid references. Muhammad Ali, Batman, the Union Flag, the Routemaster bus and baked beans all make an appearance on the cover artwork, alongside Blake’s trademark mishmash of colourful symbols and typography.
Blake has created artwork for a whole host of rock royalty, including Pentagle, Eric Clapton, Oasis and The Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. He also designed and contributed a painting to the sleeve of The Who’s 1981 album Face Dances.
In homage to his work, pupils were asked to produce an album cover based on their House Music song choice, and for their album cover and sleeve they had to consider the following…
· House music song choice – mood, imagery
· What is important to your house?
· How can you visually represent the things that are important to your house?
· How can you reflect the style of Peter Blake but make it your own?
Presentations of the album covers and sleeves were made on 20th November. The judges were very impressed by all the entries. Court won the overall prize with a thoughtful, inclusive, and beautifully designed album cover and associated memorabilia. It reflected strong research and understanding of the house ethos, characters and events that have shaped the pupils experience. The work showed a real appreciation of the visual qualities of album artwork and the beauty of vinyl. A sensitive and sophisticated response to the brief.
Wimborne won the cup for participation and also creative excellence. The installation inspired by the studio of Sir Peter Blake showed thorough research, creativity and a unique approach. Clearly a lot of energy had gone in to the construction of the set up and sourcing objects that connect to the Artist. The album design featured artwork produced by each house member and was cleverly constructed.
Well done to all the houses for their hard work. For more images from the event please click on the link House Art 2019