African Adventure at Rook Lane

September 1st, 2015 | School News Sixth Form

An exhibition at Rook Lane Gallery in Frome on Saturday 19th September celebrates the work of Writhlington School students in Rwanda.

Images taken during expeditions to Rwanda in 2013 and 2014 showcase the work our students completed with Rwandan students from four secondary schools and a college  studying conservation and wildlife management.

Students who took part in the Expedition will be on hand in the gallery to describe their experiences.

Writhlington School’s work in Rwanda is focused on setting up Rwanda’s first orchid propagation laboratory, training Rwandan staff and students and leading field treks into the Nyungwe National Park which is Africa’s largest mountain rainforest.

Sixteen year old, Maisha Harvey, from Frome who devised and lead a series of workshops on the 2014 Expedition, described the trip as “truly life changing and an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of the wonderful people we met”. She added; “it is wonderful to be able to share our experiences with people back in Frome.”

Writhlington students will be joined by their partners from the Dyson Foundation supporting the development of creative solutions to some of the real problems and opportunities offered by the project in Rwanda. It is an opportunity for visitors, old or young, to try out the technology being devised and used in the Rwandan project.

The Exhibition will also include artwork by the Year 7 students.  Their first lessons at Writhlington have involved a viewing of the award winning Orchid Project at school and from this students have gone on to produce works that reflect their initial reaction to this spectacular environment.

These opportunities at Writhlington School provide the start of the next generation of botanical scientists, conservationists and future expeditions. In addition, A level Photography students have produced imagery that captures their own view on the Orchid Project.

Rook Lane Gallery, Rook Lane Chapel, Bath St, Frome BA11 1DN

Open from 10am until 4pm before appearing across the UK during the next twelve months.