GILES Academy pupils are going to have a whale of a time when their new swimming pool opens thanks to its new artist in residence.
Warwick Eede has been in the role at the Old Leake centre since February, and was commissioned by headteacher Chris Walls to come up with original artwork to be displayed alongside the pool.
Mr Eede has now completed those five permanent artworks which run with the theme of whales, and they will be displayed when the pool is opened.
Mr Eede is a former pupil of Giles and was in the first sixth form year in 1996.
He studied art and design at GNVQ level, which he said gave him a springboard to go on and complete both a bachelors and a masters degree in fine art at the University of Lincoln.
In February, Mr Walls and head of art Gary Wright offered him a paid position of artist in residence and he said he just had to take it.
He said: “It is very difficult to make a living as an artist in today’s economic climate, but Mr Walls and Mr Wright gave me a great opportunity to do what I do.
“I want to thank them.
“Giles gave me a great start as an artist 15 years ago and they are still giving me opportunities now – that speaks volumes. “
Deputy headteacher Sue Barnicoat said pupils had already seen the works and approved them.
She said: “They say they are going to have a whale of a time. It’s going to look great – as you’re swimming up the pool on the school side there is going to be the whale pictures while out of the windows on the other side there is going to be a lovely view of the church and field.”
Giles Academy hope to open their pool in about a month’s time.