Report: Art in Motion

Dauntsey’s was proud to present the Art in Motion exhibition on Saturday 16 September, which celebrated the art of car design. The exhibition, which came to the school fresh from the unique and highly regarded Messums gallery illustrated the processes employed by automotive designers to communicate and realise their designs for vehicles, including sketching, modelling and visualisations.

Designs from students of the world renowned Royal College of Art Vehicle Design Department were on display together with the work of Artist Angela Palmer, a RCA Alumni, who exhibited her Shanghai International Circuit in Neon. This inspirational presentation was juxtaposed next to a showcase of 2D and 3D car designs produced by students for the Dauntsey’s Art Car competition. Iain Kemp’s photographic car series inspired by old toy cars was supported with a diverse collection of vintage toys and motoring ephemera curated by Previous.

The highlight of the day was the dynamic car exhibition, which lined the main school drive, from the 1926 Fraser Nash to the electric Tesla, there was something for everyone! Classic Car Safe kindly delivered five key cars, the famous Austin Healey Sprite, a Morris Minor, a Jaguar MK 2, a Porsche 914 and a delightful Nissan Figaro! Governors, staff and parents also enjoyed including their classic cars in the line up. It was fascinating to see man’s genius in facilitating speed and power through the ages and to see so many pupils and parents sharing their enthusiasm and expertise. Hans Kaashoek Lamborghini drive through turned heads and all were sad to see the two Super cars from McLaren and Nick Mason’s very own Ferrari leave site.

In addition to the car display, the exhibition hosted a well attended talk by Professor Dale Harrow, Head of Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art. Outside, all enjoyed making their mark on the graffiti car and filling the JCB bucket to raise money for the school charity.

Johnny Messum from Messums Wiltshire came to the event to judge the ten finalists from the Art Car competition with Professor Dale Harrow. Results will be published soon!

Our greatest thanks goes out to all those who supported the exhibition in particular Helen Evenden, consultant curator Victoria and Albert Museum, Trustee National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.  Professor Dale Harrow, Head of Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art and Johnny Messum from Messums Gallery Wiltshire.