Building an archive

15 students have been selected from Key Stage 3 to design and build an archive for the reception in the school. The archive will be the home place of art department publications and copies of ae, for visitors to enjoy. The project is in collaboration with architectural design and build wizards, co-db.

Students were chosen from a warm-up project with art teachers Ruth Taylor and Dean Ewen-Coulson, in which they were given a brief by co-db to design an archive in a supermarket for various collections of objects including inflatables, stuffed birds, and balls!

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James and Eva from co-db came in for one day to design the archive with the students. Students worked in groups to come up with ideas and now Eva and James have the large task of building all the best ideas together in one design! In the next workshop, we will construct and install the archive, and of course have a celebration!

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Well done to the following students:

Lucy Cloud, Katie Jordan Frankie Wilkinson, Frank Watson, Alfie Parker, Sam Evans, Charnie Coleman, Shani Obinyan, Katie Ford, Dani Moore, Rosie Keen, Carla Dobbins, Anastasia Vkova, Rebecca Tibirna and Alicia Bolton.

Art Is…

Art Is…

Welling School were one of the contributors to the Freeland Foundation’s Art Is… event at Tate Modern on Saturday the 9th of April. Staff and students handed out hundreds of copies of the recently published æ 8. Darcy Hodge took to the soapbox to share her experiences of working as part of Press Gang on the newspaper. It was a brilliant event and a great speech. Well done Darcy!

Hot off the Press – ae8 is here

Get your copies of ae8. The issue is broadly about community and has fascinating contributions from Lauren Willis from The South London Gallery talking about The Shop of Possibilities, Trish Scott from The Turner Contemporary and artist Ed Webb-Ingall. Email Alex at for a copy.



London Art Book Fair

Welling School was back for it’s forth year at the London Art Book Fair. This year we were selling copies of A Cookbook of Possibilities, a publication made by six form students and Hato Press, alongside the Party Pack activities for children and free copies of æ.

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Hidden from History: Welling School Year 7 Students and the Courtauld Institute of Art


Hidden from History: Welling School Year 7 Students and the Courtauld Institute of Art

The Courtauld Institute of Art and Welling School worked together throughout the 2014-15 academic year. From Medieval saints to Paul Gauguin’s radical nudes, the students have explored the collection working with artists, academics, and designers. Ten students were selected from their peers to make zines, investigating the theme of gender in The Courtauld Gallery. The zines were printed by the students at The Common House in Bethnal Green, which is a collectively managed space for radical groups, projects and community events.

The zines will be inserted into the next issue of ae newpaper.


*curated book shelf of related texts.

Call out for contributions to ae7

Call for submission of ideas for ae7

ae7 will focus on gender equality and will contain artwork, interviews and writing from students and teachers at Welling School as well as arts practitioners from outside the school. Past contributors have included Richard Wentworth, Jeremy Deller, John Baldessari, Cornford & Cross and Peter Liversidge.

We are inviting people to submit a 300 word outline of ideas for an article or artwork for this issue. The deadline for this is April 20th.

The format of the content is relatively flexible and we are open to submissions of images or text or a combination of the two. A typical essay is around 2,000 words. Each page is 31x47cm.

We are also in the process of planning a conference in Autumn about this theme and are looking for contributions that will lead into this.

ae was established in 2011 at Welling School in Bexley and is focused on exploring art and education. We have a distribution run of 5,000, which is distributed for free in galleries, museums and art institutions across the UK.

To submit your ideas or if you have any questions please contact




The Reading List: Current projects

Sharing a selection of current readings for our ongoing outreach/collaborative projects…

Considering theoretical framing for the Concrete Poetry outreach workshops I am making links to ideas around Play and Social Practice.

Also taking time over the Easter break to contextualise the thoughts we have been exploring about gender in Canon Art History lessons, in anticipation of our further collaboration with the Courtauld Gallery. In the summer term Year 7 students will be working to create zines questioning the role of women in Art History, their question: Hidden from History? Discuss women’s role in The Courtauld Gallery and beyond.