Former pupil, Georgie Mason has been ‘artist in residence’ at Oundle School since the start of October. Georgie is an abstract landscape painter working mainly with oil and mixed media.
Georgie was an Art Scholar at Oundle and continued with art throughout her time at School after which she went on to do a foundation course. She studied English Literature and History of Art at Nottingham University but continued exhibiting and, since graduating in 2015, she has worked as a full-time artist. To date, achievements include having had work accepted in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, six solo shows, judging the Young Art East Anglia competition at the Peter Piers Gallery in Aldeburgh and having her work featured in a documentary by the acclaimed director Souleyman Messalti.
Head of Art, Jeremy Oddie commented, “Georgie loves being back in Oundle and welcomes the change from her usual working environment in Hackney Wick, London. She has her own space in our art room and works alongside the pupils, chatting to them about their work and future plans and, she hopes, giving them an idea of the day to day life of a professional artist.”
Georgie commented, “It is great to be surrounded by people all day in such a big, open, well-lit space, with so many materials and inspiration all around me. Though it was initially strange being back (I can’t get my head around calling staff by their first names!), I have had an amazing time in what feels like home away from home and it has gone far too quickly. It has given me the space and time to develop my work and I am now working more with found and natural materials. Having access to the School library just next door has meant my love for literature can feed into my work and I have begun a project on paths inspired by the poetry of Edward Thomas and the writing of Robert McCarthy. I feel reinvigorated and I hope I have managed to inspire some pupils in their work.”
Background Information on Oundle School
Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.
The School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2016, the School completed its ambitious SciTec project, uniting Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. The development includes the ground-breaking Patrick Engineering Centre, a new Mathematics department and an extension to its sixteen state-of-the-art Science laboratories. Oundle has now embarked on a detailed Sports MasterPlan which will significantly upgrade sporting facilities across the School by 2020, incorporating the building of a new Sports Centre housing a fifty metre swimming pool and an eight court sports hall.
There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 860 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day school for children aged 4 to 11.