Thursday, 1 December 2011

Nic Johnson
Dartington Years 1948 - 1958

Image copyright Nic Jonhson

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Maria Ruhe
Dartington Years 1961 - 1967

Symphony of Lines
Crayon and coloured pencil on paper

Maria Ruhe taught Art and Pottery at Aller Park.

She grew up in Potsdam and her family had moved into the British Sector when Berlin was partitioned. She was always an Anglophile and chose to study at the Central School of Art and Design in London before coming to work with Bernie Forrester at Dartington Hall School.
After a serious head injury caused by a bicycle accident near the Foxhole quarry in 1967 she returned to Berlin. In later years she has developed pottery workshops for those living in sheltered accommodation in Spandau.

Image copyright Maria Ruhe

Friday, 18 November 2011


Sophy White
Dartington Years 1975 - 1977

Three earth paintings by Sophy White from her new collection that will be on show in Tavistock, Devon from Monday 28th November to Friday 9th December at THE WORKS Gallery, 3 Dolvin Road, Tavistock PL19 9EA

Opening hours 1 - 5.30pm daily except Sunday

Image copyright Sophy White

Saturday, 12 November 2011


Kate Broadhurst (Bannatyne)

Dartington Years 1975 -1982

The Memory Box

By Kate Broadhurst (Bannatyne)

It was in this room

he rolled the orb across my desk

like a small sun

smiled and said

describe for me this orange.

From these porous walls

I learned to drink flowers

sing spirals of colour

follow a sonnet

and read every curve of the river.

In this rare place

I traced the outline of his face

and learned how to see

between the lines

with my eyes half-closed.

Deep in this copse

I learned to be bold

and climbed half-way up

to scar my heart

into big beech bark.

In here I was taught

to diminish the seventh

that three can recur

and first asked the question

but how do you know?

It was in this box cupboard

under these stairs

I learned to drink apples

and feel for his lips

soft in the dark.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Josh Partridge
Dartington years 1953-1959

Josh has just finished an MA in Textiles at Bath and this is a glimpse of her new work.

Image copyright Josh Partridge

Monday, 3 October 2011

Hein Heckroth
Dartington years 1935-1940

Still life, Oil on board c1935

Heckroth trained at the Bauhaus but was blacklisted by the Nazis because his wife was Jewish. He sought refuge at Dartington and not only taught at the School but he was the artist and designer attached to the Ballet Jooss School. Kurt Jooss, the German dancer and choreographer, had similarly needed to escape Nazi Germany and had arrived at Dartington a year before Heckroth. He is most famous for his work on Powell and Pressburger's film The Red Shoes for which he won an Oscar (1948).

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Mark Sontag

Still life by Mark Sontag.

Sontag came to Dartington in the thirties with his wife Irenie,the piano teacher at Aller Park, and taught art.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Benedict Pulsford

Benedict is showing with three other artists at
The Gallery in Redchurch St, London E2 from
25th October - 30th October

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Friday, 26 August 2011


Pictorial Map of the Buildings
of Dartington Hall School
by Alice Leach

Handprinted at the Dartington Print Workshop
specially for 85th Anniversary of Dartington Hall School.
A very small edition of 15 on sale now at £150 each
Drypoint with Chine Collé. 59cm x 68cm
Get in touch via the contact me link or
go to if you're interested.

Monday, 15 August 2011


Dartington Hall School Artists 1926-1987

A collection of images by ex-Dartingtonians
staff and pupils, published specially for 85th Anniversary.

It is 136 pages long and includes poems and articles on the Dartington Hall Film Unit and the letterpress workshop at Foxhole.

On sale now at £15 for 2 copies if paid for in advance of the reunion in September. Pre-ordered copies can be collected at the reunion otherwise postage will have to be added on.

Get in touch via the contact me link.

At the reunion it will be £15 a copy or 2 for £20 so worth stocking up in advance.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Annabel Gault
Dartington Years 1963 - 1966

Mesa and Sage Bush, New Mexico

Landscape New Mexico

Image copyright Annabel Gault

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Marian Ash
Dartington Years 1962 - 1973/4

Beenleigh Blankets

Indigo Line

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Allison Quick

Silver folded leaf necklace

Silver curly earrings

Image copyright Allison Quick

Friday, 10 June 2011

Roger Birchall
Dartington Years 1973 - 1984

The Blue Lady after Tretchikoff

Image Copyright Roger Birchall

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Sally Pirkis
Dartington Years 1972 - 1976

Necklace with hand-pierced silver stars

Necklace with hand-peirced silver beads and lava

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Josh Partridge
Dartington Years 1953 - 1959

Long Dean. No 1, 2007 Watercolour and Gouache

Gwilym with Two Cows, 2003 Watercolour and Gouache

Image Copyright Josh Partridge

Monday, 23 May 2011

Rowan Lange
Dartington Years 1984 - 1986

Image copyright Rowan Lange

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Bernard Forrester
Dartington years 1932 - 1973


Image courtesy of Nic Johnson

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Rachel Nicholson
Dartington Years 1945 - 1952

View with Bird Cup
Acrylic on canvas, 2010

Image copyright Rachel Nicholson

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Donald Swan
Dartington Years 1961 - 1977



Donald Swan first arrived in Dartington in 1931. Initially he worked at "The Studio" at Shinner's Bridge (Now the toy shop) where he designed and made furniture and small wooden items for sale.

In 1937 he left to work for The English Classical Players, a touring theatre company, stage-managing, constructing sets and transporting them across the country whilst they were on tour.

At the out break of war the company folded and Donald, as a Conscientious Objector, started his teaching career first at Frensham Heights then at St Christopher's in Letchworth, where he had been educated, before returning to Dartington to teach at the school.

As well as running a busy woodwork department Donald was able to enjoy his other passion of sailing and "mucking about in boats". He acquired the old Dittisham car ferry and the school fleet was kept there and used throughout the summer term.

Donald was a practical person, interested in craftsmanship and the beauty of simple functional objects. Endlessly interested in how things were made, and keen to try new materials and techniques, he oversaw a great diversity of work. A steady flow of useful items made it to pupils bedrooms and homes.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Alli Eynon
Dartington Years 1976 - 1982

Thursday Evening
Artist Print

Image copyright Alli Eynon

Monday, 2 May 2011

Lee Belcher (Godfrey)
Dartington Years 1946 - 1954

Charlbury under Snow

Sable antelope, Malawi

Image copyright Lee Belcher

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Simon Tozer
Dartington Years 1973 - 1982


Twenty people not whole

Image copyright Simon Tozer

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Rosey Priestman
Dartington Years 1966 - 1970

Boat Collage

Apples Collage

Image copyright Rosey Priestman

Monday, 18 April 2011

Grizel Luttman-Johnson
Dartington Years 1968 - 1973

Marble monoprint using metallic enamels
on a background of marbling ink.

Image copyright Grizel Luttman-Johnson

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Penny Roberts (Brent Smith)
Dartington Years 1960 - 1963
Julia Crallan
Dartington Years 1955 - 1962

Wall hanging for the Institute of
Chartered Accountants

Wall hanging for the TA Association, Duke of York Headquarters

Designed and hand printed by Penny and Julia on linen.

Image copyright Julia Crallan & Penny Roberts

Monday, 11 April 2011

Benedict Pulsford
Dartington Years 1972 - 1974

What was I supposed to do?

Only girls understand

Paintings, enamel paint on board, by Benedict Pulsford

Image copyright Benedict Pulsford