On Sunday 13 September, we hosted a very special Private View and Dinner to mark the 20thanniversary of the opening of its Arts School. Over 30 alumni, many of whom have gone on to study and work in the Arts, brought back pieces of work ranging from paintings, sculptures, graphic pieces, photographs, clothing designs and jewellery. Leavers spanned back to the mid 1990s.

The evening began in the BonBernard Gallery, located at the front of the Art School, where a host of pupils and staff, both past and present, gathered for the Private View. Alumni professions included architects, graphic designers, opera house tailor, professional artists, jewellery designer, couture fashion designer and art teacher.

The party of around 60 guests had a fabulous three-course dinner which was followed by a talk from the guest speaker, and old boy, James Richards, who works at Christie’s of London as the Head of British and Continental Pictures, Drawings, Watercolours and Interiors.

Director of Art, Caroline Evans, said: “It has been hugely gratifying to see the enthusiastic response we have had from our Old Decanians to be a part of this special event. It makes me exceptionally proud to welcome back these talented young people to exhibit in our gallery and to see the extraordinary diversity of the various artistic careers which they have forged for themselves in the years since we taught them Art at school. To feel that the Dean Close Art Department had a hand in inspiring and directing their lives is this way is a real thrill!”

The BonBernard Gallery is a major asset which has been the venue for a variety of excellent exhibitions including Picasso’sHistoire Naturelle,David Hockney’sGrimms’ Fairy Talesand Henri Matisse’sDrawing with Scissors, which have proved particularly successful and inspirational.

The exhibition is free and open from 9am-6pm daily. It runs until 10thOctober in the School’s BonBernard Gallery and all members of the public are very welcome to attend. If you would like further details please call 01242 258000.