Each year at the start of LQ, House Art becomes the priority for all Carthusians across the 12 houses. This year, some particularly remarkable ideas emerged and the determination of the winning house was quite difficult. Two former Charterhouse pupils and now artists, Robert Dunt (artist and founder of ArtTop10.com; art review website) and Oli Epp (painter in London) joined the event as the judges.
On the Sunday of the presentation of artworks, the art reps from each individual house showed the judges around and briefly explained the house theme and concept. After they had viewed all of the installations, the two judges decided who the final winners were, awarding Pageites, Hodgsonites and Saunderites, 3rd, 2nd and 1st place respectively.
Saunderites put on an impressive show, including art, acting and even musical elements. A dramatic crowd of Carthusians greeted the judges at the entrance, taking them by surprise completely with sirens and alarms that were announcing that there had been an ‘attack’. Following that, the judges were guided around the house where they were presented with dead bodies with bullet marks and blood all around. The judges declared that the shocking scene portrayed by the pupils was the defining factor that led to them choosing Saunderites.
Pageites created a massive bird model, which they hung up in the common room, while in the other rooms they focused on expressions and put up hand-drawn emojis, involving the under-school in the setting up of the installation as well. The best Fourths artwork was awarded to Tate Dare-Bryan for his creative idea of creating an emoji of a face with mascara running down the cheeks.
Hodgesonites based their installation on the theme of “glitches”, following through with the idea in different areas such as in technology, the human body or simply in society. Their house art consisted of a number of installations that each had one thing slightly wrong or that didn’t fit in with the rest.
For those of you that are interested, here are the links to the two artists’ pages:
The attached photos show the installations of some of the houses: