We are delighted to hear that Upper Sixth Former Freddie Peacock has joined an elite group of young creatives as part of Guap magazine’s ‘21 under 21’ initiative in collaboration with Instagram.

Freddie, who was awarded an art scholarship when he started in the Upper School, decided to enter his work after seeing the scheme advertised on Instagram. Its idea is to identify a list of emerging and trailblazing creators to help drive culture forward. The scheme is split into five categories: music, sport, art, fashion and make up, each represented by an industry expert. With a talent in all these areas, Freddie’s showreel of work impressed the organisers so much that he was put forward in both the fashion and art categories.

As a result Freddie, along with a small number of other young creators, will receive entrepreneurial support to help him find his audience and turn his passion into a living. Freddie has already been interviewed by Guap magazine and recently attended a networking event in London where he was able to meet inspirational creatives such as art curator, James Lewis.   

He explained, “It’s really important for me to meet other like-minded creators so we can share ideas and create opportunities. Things are just starting to happen with ’21 under 21’ and it’s a very exciting time. It feels good for my work to be recognised and I love being able to explore different creative fields.”

Freddie has been at Bedford School since he was seven years old, and has no doubt that the school has played a fundamental part in his art and design career so far. In particular, he thanked Mr Croker for recognising his talent early on and nurturing it, making the most of his strengths, while also giving him plenty of autonomy in his work. “Mr Croker’s teaching style matches my way of learning perfectly.”

Director of Art, Michael Croker told us, “Freddie is our first art scholar to progress all the way through the Upper School. He has been an exceptional student who has made the most of every artistic opportunity available to him it highlights his drive and ambition that he has got involved in this prestigious and exciting competition. That he has also just been accepted on to the Foundation Art course at Central St Martins in London speaks volumes about his ability and potential. Freddie is definitely someone to look out for in the future.”

Freddie standing next to his exam piece which was inspired by contemporary artist George Condo.


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