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Nigeria comes to Somerset: Alan Dedman Art Education

Josephine attended the London Art College (LAC); she studied painting and drawing on the general diploma course, where she was tutored by Alan Dedman. At the time she…

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NORCAT – or ‘the College of West Anglia’

Before leaving school, I sought work for myself. The village gamekeeper (Jack Plaice) arranged for me to be ‘taken under the wing’ of John King on the Snettisham…

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West Walton Secondary Modern by Alan Dedman

Children who didn’t pass the eleven plus went to West Walton Secondary Modern, now Marshland High School. We seemed condemned to lower social status, however a lifelong friend…

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Tilney St. Lawrence CP School by Alan Dedman

We arrived in Norfolk shortly before the Americans became fully involved in the Vietnam conflict. Our mother told us we would be living in ‘a big farmhouse with…

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My story by Alan Dedman

The name Dedman is grouped with the Didmen and the Dodmen (according to John James of Dulwich College). Allegedly, these surnames Dedman, Didman and Dodman – denote a…

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Spin painting with Klimt, Dedman, Hirst and Bloch-Bauer

Damien Hirst’s art often relies on a gimmick or two; his spin painting for example –  a fad introduced by the children’s TV series ‘Blue Peter’, re-presented as…

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Prison Education at HMP Cornhill by Alan Dedman

HMP Cornhill known as the Mallet by all who sailed in her, up until recent times was the oldest working gaol in the land. Built in 1601 by…

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Scenic paintings by Alan Dedman for The Witches of Eastwick

BAPA (Bristol Academy of Performing Arts) asked me to present ideas for scenic paintings, for use in a musical production of  ‘The Witches of Eastwick’. I made visuals…

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Drawing the Elgin Marbles by Alan Dedman

When I begin a drawing of the Elgin Marbles I make the process about two things: chaos and order. The chaos bit comes first. I base it on…

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Colour, emotion and the act of painting by Alan Dedman

Some people say that sex is ‘visceral’. Colour and paint can be visceral too. Colour is raw emotion, it is evidence of the life force. Absence of colour…