Commissioned by Queen
Katherine’s School in Kendal, Cumbria, ‘Learning Path’ is
a sequence of installations within the lower school
building about learning.
The path starts at the lockers where most of the students
enter the building. A circle mirror-polished into the
doors of the largest locker bank transforming an
uninspiring wall of doors into an engaging work of art.
The lockers mark the start of the journey of learning with
self reflection. The circle is polished into the existing
doors to retain the scratches, dents and marks of history
the lockers have.
The pathway continues along a glass corridor featuring
twisting etched lines of quotations on each of the four
main subject areas. The lines converge at the far end with
a book breaking through the window towards a pile in the
The path ends at the other end of the building with a
display case built from 3,000 pencils. This marks the
other end of the learning journey where the results of
learning in turn provide learning for others. The display
case is curated as a ‘fourth plinth’ space with a single
piece - not restricted to artistic output - selected for a
half-term period by a committee of students.
The process of creating the installations was overseen by
a steering group of year 7,8,and 9 students as the
commissioning body. They made all the commissioning and
curatorial decisions and were responsible for pitching it
to the school heads for the budget and introducing it to
the rest of the school and parents.
The project was part of the Creative
Partnerships Change School Programme run by Creative