Please see below information about how we are marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
About the Project
In March, pupils at Inverness Royal Academy took part in an art workshop with local artist Izzy Thomson as part of the River of Hope Project.
The River of Hope is a project run by the Thames Festival Trust, who organise a programme of heritage and education work, including the arts education projects Rivers of the World and The Story of Water, delivered in partnership with the British Council.
This year, the work of The River of Hope project will be part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Local artist Izzy Thomson – based at the WASPS Inverness Creative Academy at Midmills – worked with our pupils, assisting them to create individual pieces of work which formed part of a collaborative artwork that she put together. The collaborative artwork (attached) was then transferred onto a silk flag, which will be paraded as part of the procession for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in London on June 5th.
Inverness Royal Academy was one of six Highland schools involved in this project.
The theme of all of the artworks is obviously rivers, looking at the life & importance of our rivers and their eco-systems. Within the project there are six key themes: The River of Life, The Polluted River, The Resourceful River, The Working River, The River City and The River Culture. Our pupils worked on the theme The River of Life, in particular creating artworks inspired by the life cycle of fresh water pearl mussels.
This specific topic and the wider topic of the river is potentially one of interest to many subjects across the curriculum, and although it is initially an Arts based project, there is scope for subjects across the curriculum to eventually become involved in developing links with our partner school.
The River of Hope is an international project, there is the opportunity & potential to develop curricular links with the school that we have been partnered with. Inverness Royal Academy has been partnered with Govt. Practicing GHSS, Township Lahore in Pakistan.
About the Flag
The artists working with schools were all given a very specific brief to design a flag with the layout of a stamp design; square, with a ‘perforated edge’ pattern and a profile in the top corner.
Schools were also asked to think of a ‘local celebrity’ or someone with a connection to the school to be the profile to be the profile on their design.
Inverness Royal Academy chose to include the profile of a pupil who had sadly passed away in the early part of 2022 called Sarah Adams.
Guidance staff kindly got in touch with Sarah’s parents to seek their permission; they were very moved & honoured by the suggestion and agreed.
When the artist Izzy sent the school a graphic of the flag design, she included a rather beautiful comment:
“It has been very moving making your flag, especially as your theme was “Life cycle of a pearl mussel”. I kept thinking of Sarah as a beautiful pearl.”