Art and Design Technology

There is a strong creative theme running through the school, allowing girls to think critically.

Having received a Cultural Champions Award from Arts & Business for support of the arts, the school is well established within the wider regional arts and cultural community, having strong links with the internationally renowned Hauser & Wirth gallery and being a sponsor of Somerset Art Works (SAW).

In October 2014 the girls worked with SAW artist in residence Lucy Lean transform an exhibition space into a swaying ‘field’ of poppies as part of Somerset Art Works’ Open Studio Weeks.  Entitled ‘Suspended in Memory’, the installation consisted of crimson-coloured felt poppies suspended from the ceiling, creating a floating field of remembrance.  The girls created the feathery poppies and attached handwritten inscriptions to each poppy resulting in an extremely thought-provoking and moving exhibition.

Every Autumn term girls also take part in the annual Arts Week, when they experience a diverse variety of workshops and activities relating to Art, Music, Drama, English, History and Modern Foreign Languages as part of the school’s celebration of the Arts.

There is an enormous variety of activities which take place such as sculpting, Shakespeare drama, photography, mask and performance, stage combat, Chinese calligraphy, film and comedy activities.  There are also theatre trips and author visits, music workshops and concerts.

Every other year during the Summer term, Senior girls take part in ‘Art Walk’, a fashion show of artistically designed clothing that they have created, the results of which go towards their GCSE in Textiles.  This production is choreographed and is a good example of Art and Drama departments working closely together, culminating in an amazing show for all to enjoy.

What our parents say
“Everyone’s work was on display, not just the best. We liked this.” BSG new parents' survey