A special exhibition held at the Royal High School in Bath last weekend featured a little twist, with the work on show being created by the school’s very own talented caretaker, Perry Harris.
Perry (@UHPerry on Twitter), who is well known across Bath and beyond for his recognisable cartoons, sketches and watercolours, has worked at the Royal High School for over 20 years, and lives on the grounds of the Lansdown girls’ school.
Poetically, an exhibition of his work cataloguing his time at the school, entitled ‘20 Years Art, Work’, was chosen as an ideal way to celebrate 20 years since the merger between the Royal School and Bath High in 1998.
During that time, he has effectively documented much of the school’s history through his work; not only has he been the go-to man for very special leaving presents and cards, many of which were on display, but his time living at the school has meant it and its grounds through the changing season and years are often the focus of his work.
Guests including the Mayor of Bath, Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones, and the Chair of Bath and North East Somerset Council, Councillor Karen Walker, mingled with other guests at the exhibition’s Private View and launch on Friday 16th November, at the school’s Sophie Cameron Centre.
The Chairman of Governors of the Royal High School, Mrs Jane Robb, and the Head of the Royal High School, Mrs Jo Duncan also attended along with other former and current staff and Governors, alumnae, parents and key supporters of the school before the exhibition was opened to the wider parent body and public over the weekend.
Proceeds from the sale of the exhibition’s accompanying catalogue will go to the Forest of the Imagination, which creates annual visual and artistic experiences for all in Bath.