Bedales Prep School artists aim for Saatchi

Posted on 02nd February 2017

Bedales Prep School artists aim for Saatchi

Pupils who are part of the art scholars group at Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst are excited at the prospect of exhibiting at the world renowned Saatchi Gallery after entering the international Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools.

The prize is open to primary, secondary and sixth form schools from around the world and schools can submit artwork from students between the ages of 4 and 18.

Dunhurst pupils, Jake Scott, Amos Wollen, Ollie Duke, Beckett Shepard, Rhiannon Griffiths, Ruben Alexander and Ruby Rose (ages 12-13) have submitted work under the guidance of Head of Art at Dunhurst, Susan Macfarlane.

Susan said: “Great art comes from personal experience and the pupils pursued their own individual passions and interests in creating the work we submitted. I think their work really represents the spirit of Dunhurst, its artistic values and general ethos.”

A high profile exhibition of the top 20 shortlisted art works will be held at the Saatchi Gallery in May 2017, with winners receiving up to £10,000. You can view the entries at: or on our own website, here.

But there’s no rest for these artists – as they will also be exhibiting work, in collaboration with the English department, for the ‘Library of Ideas’ exhibition at the Young Gallery in Salisbury from 11 February to 4 March. The Grade I listed Memorial Library at Bedales served as inspiration for their entry to this annual schools’ art exhibition which is themed around books to coincide with National Book Week and National Library Day.

Susan said: “A work of art in its own right, the library is full of history and meaning to our community. Artists, aspiring poets and those with an interest in film-making were encouraged to respond by drawing, writing and capturing the library’s unique qualities on film. We are delighted with the outcomes and would encourage anyone to visit the gallery to see for themselves”.

View the film collaboration between the Art and English departments below: