Dunannie Pupils mesmerised by woven sculptures at Winchester Discovery Centre

Pupils from Year 3 at Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie, enjoyed a visit to Winchester Discovery Centre at the end of term as part of their project on Native America. The children explored the fantastic sculptures woven by Laura Ellen Bacon and enjoyed all the craft activities organised for Dunannie by the Hampshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers in their colourful exhibition in the City Space Gallery.

Earlier in the term, the children had explored how to weave and create structures using natural materials. The visit to the exhibition at Winchester’s Discovery Centre enabled the children to see this kind of technique used by an artist to make huge structures in a Gallery setting.

Commenting on the visit, Head of Dunannie, Jo Webbern, said:” Our pupils were mesmerised and excited by Laura Ellen Bacon’s structures and went off exploring within seconds. It was inspirational to see Laura’s work in light of the skills the children had developed during the term in weaving with natural materials. The children really expressed their imaginative ideas when describing these textile structures and were in awe of the sheer scale, design and beauty of the exhibition.”

Dunannie Pupils mesmerised by woven sculptures at Winchester Discovery Centre


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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