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Second sculpture unveiling at Oakham

Oakham School has unveiled its second piece of sculpture kindly donated by the Jerwood Foundation, by artist Ben Carpenter.

The piece, titled ‘Net Form 2’, is located outside the School’s Smallbone Library for all pupils, staff and visitors to enjoy.  

Ben, who won the inaugural Jerwood Sculpture Prize in 2001, is Head of Fine Art at De Montfort University.  “We are delighted that his work is now permanently placed in Rutland and I do hope this heralds growing links between Oakham and the University,” says Peter Lawson, the Chairman of Trustees.

Ben’s work explores the abstract tensions of architectural space, and ‘Net Form 2’ is his second piece of sculpture on display at Oakham.  His first piece of work, ‘Pod’, has been on display outside the Jerwood School of Design since 2009.  The School is particularly delighted to now house both pieces of work, given Ben’s assertion that “it is obvious that this sculpture, ‘Net Form 2’ is a development of Pod.”

“Education is about so much more than what happens in the classroom,” says Headmaster Nigel Lashbrook.  “Oakham has always truly embraced this idea, and nothing exemplifies this more than the exhibition spaces and sculptures that we enjoy throughout our campus.  These help to encourage students to have an appreciation of, and conversations about, the aesthetic, the arts, and the world around them.”

During the unveiling, Ben expressed his delight with the sculpture’s new location; “sculpture is a kinetic art – and this location gives such a good opportunity for people to walk around the sculpture and to enjoy it from different aspects.”

Peter Lawson concludes: “The School is incredibly fortunate to have enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the Jerwood Foundation.  This reaches far beyond the donation of ‘Net Form 2’ and ‘Pod’. We wouldn’t have our wonderful Jerwood School of Design, the Smallbone Library, or our Lower School without the generosity of John Jerwood and the Jerwood Foundation.”

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