Friday 02 September

“Students must be able to imagine themselves as artists just as other students imagine themselves as top athletes, scientists or doctors.”

portrait of my father

The school is delighted to announce the launch of an exciting new blog section on our website, which will be starting from next week.  The blog aims to give a more insightful look into school life, our philosophies and what makes the school tick.  We will be welcoming contributions from school staff and pupils, as well as, hopefully, some guest contributors who will share their thoughts and knowledge.

To start off, we were delighted to have some time talking to Tom Georgeson, who recently completed a two year placement as our Artist in Residence, and we managed to catch up with him before he left to reflect on his time at West Buckland:


“Students must be able to imagine themselves as artists just as other students imagine themselves as top athletes, scientists or doctors.” This was the advice from Tom Georgeson, Artist is Residence for the past two years, who we bid farewell to in July, as he moves on to more commercial work.

Before he left, we caught up with Tom to reflect on his time at West Buckland and what he feels the Artist in Residence can add, in terms of creativity, to an already thriving art department.

Tom says that, on arrival, he immediately fell in love both with North Devon and with the school’s art facilities. “I felt at home straight away and soon discovered that North Devon is full of artists working at the highest level. The facilities available at this school rival the most prestigious casino list SvenskKasinon residences in the world, I was bowled over by the beautiful studio and also by the attitudes of the staff I met and I have not been disappointed.”

So, have the facilities and environment helped him to achieve his own personal goals during his two-year tenure?  “In my time at West Buckland I have gone far beyond my initial expectations.  My work with the comparator mirror simply would not have been possible without the students.  It was their experiences which have allowed me to build a strong case for its general usefulness in classroom teaching.”

“I have found the students to be warm and engaging and were very forthcoming with questions which were often very incisive.  I have learned a great deal from them. “

And the relationship is entirely reciprocal, according to Director of Art, Cameron Main. “The Artist in Residence is pivotal to us. The students have the experience of meeting an actual working artist and are enriched by working so closely with the artist, developing and picking up new skills and critical thinking.”

And Tom's fondest memory?  “The Exmoor Run was pretty special!”

We welcome Zoe Roberts, who has taken up the post of Artist in Residence from this term.