Lower School Art installation by Artist in Residence Jessica Gilbert

The Lower School Common Room has seen a new window display installation featuring pupils’ own words and sentences highlighting what Oakham means to them.

Artist in Residence Jessica Gilbert tells us more:-

“This project was inspired by the letters written to the Head of Lower School Boarding, Matthew Powell, by the pupils in Hodges, expressing their interest in the boarding house leadership roles.

I worked closely with the Lower School pupils, discussing my ideas for the installation, asking for their input and the answers to the below questions.

What is your favourite thing about being an Oakham student?

What is special about Oakham School?

What would you say to a future Oakham student?

Anything else about School?

It was so great to work with them as they were incredibly enthusiastic and honest. I thought the innocence of their language was pure and inspiring. I found most of the answers to ‘What would you say to a future Oakham Student’ very kind, and although it wasn’t suggested, they offered words of advice.

One of the main materials I work with in my practice is adhesive vinyl and for this display I chose to use translucent sign vinyl. This material allows light to shine through and cast shadows in the room.”

Lower School pupil, Edward, says: “I like looking at the different types of handwriting – it feels more real than something that has been printed.”

The art display is now a permanent feature in the Lower School for everyone to enjoy!

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