A Wellington College Soundscape and Sculpture

As part of the 2018 Wellington Arts Festival last term, Third Form academic scholars and exhibitioners had a fantastic workshop with a visiting poet, Antosh Wojcik, under the auspices of the English Department.

Third Form scholars, Poppy Hinds and Georgiana Nason, write about the experience.

Firstly, we walked around the school grounds to Swan Lake, Great School, the GW Annenberg Auditorium, the Chapel and other such heritage locations in College, and were encouraged to make notes on our surroundings, engaging all of our senses. It was lovely, a very rare sunny autumn day, so it really inspired everyone – we were all happy to be outdoors, the school grounds were stunning and the surroundings beautiful.

It was a very unusual activity as we have all been to these places before, but Antosh encouraged us to look at our school from a new perspective. Suddenly original and unique ideas flowed out of everyone as we took notice of things we had never thought about before or had only rushed past.

After all of this, we were told to write a poem based on the notes we had made. Antosh was extremely helpful and it was amazing to have someone with such experience hand on some tips to us.

The next week, we were given feedback and then recorded what we had written. All the poems were of a high standard and it was interesting to see what everyone had picked up on. There was a huge variety in every poem which was fascinating, seeing as we had all been to the same places – it was wonderful to see what each of us can draw from the same situation when looking from a different perspective.

After our poems had been recorded, a few were chosen to be part of the podcast named ‘- in the midst of perpetuality -’, a title inspired by a line in one of our poems.

Meanwhile, outside the Sebastian Faulks Building, the artist pupils of the school were creating a wicker soundscape sculpture using lots of different materials found on the College grounds, in response to words and images from our poetry. They were styling the materials in different ways to create shapes that they associated with sound. It really came together, and a beautiful natural piece was created, blending in with the natural landscape.

Overall, it was an incredible experience and we were very lucky to have had this opportunity.

Click here to listen to the Wellington College soundscape on the DukeBox website.

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