25 year celebration

Bedales-Gallery-25-daniel-day-lewisSunday brought both a celebration of 25 good years and a foretaste of the forthcoming week.

In our Gallery, a convivial lunchtime gathering initiates the celebration of 25 years of exhibitions. On view is a suitably eclectic and high quality range of artefacts from the last 25 years’ exhibitors: from a Richard Seymour motorbike, Blakes (Peter and Quentin) to the exquisite ceramics of Felicity Aylieff, who taught at Bedales in the early 80s. It is a fitting reminder of how unusually lucky we have been as a school to have the opportunity to host such a range of artists and designers.

Then to the Olivier Theatre to see it in its most lively phase of the year, as well over a hundred Dunhurstians congregate under the alchemist spell that is Simon Kingsley-Pallant’s direction in the final stages of The Land of the Flying Dragon, the Blocks’ play. Stephen Yorke’s design and Ben Harlan’s music are additional reasons to look forward to the performances later this week. In the meantime, the oak-framed crucible that is our theatre hums with productive activity of a remarkably calm, co-operative and harmonious kind, given the nature of the challenge and the complexity of the moving parts.

Image: Daniel Day-Lewis, Ireland, 1989 photographed by Alistair Morrison.
(exhibited in Bedales Gallery 25)


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.