ROSL Artist-in-Residence Nisha Duggal has spent the summer working with pupils from East London’s Riverley Primary School on a project that looks at what heritage means to us all

Pupils of Riverley Primary School meet Nisha to work on their ideas of heritage and create their flags for the Griffin Arts Festival

ROSL Artist-in-Residence Nisha Duggal has spent the summer working with pupils from East London’s Riverley Primary School on a project that looks at what heritage means to us all

Pupils of Riverley Primary School meet Nisha to work on their ideas of heritage and create their flags for the Griffin Arts Festival

With kind funding from the ROSL Trust and National Lottery Heritage Fund, earlier this year, ROSL commissioned London-based artist Nisha Duggal for a project that will come to fruition this month.

Nisha has spent her time exploring the heritage of ROSL’s historic home, Over-Seas House, whilst working with Year 5 pupils from Riverley Primary School in Leyton, East London (part of the Griffin Schools Trust), supporting them to reflect on their own experiences of heritage alongside that of Over-Seas House.

What began as a show and tell at the school has blossomed into something altogether bigger, as both Nisha and the pupils have created something that speaks to their heritage. Earlier in the year, each pupil was asked to bring an object to school that meant a lot to them, which ranged from a pair of sunglasses to a snow globe.

Pupils were then given a guided Zoom tour of Over-Seas House, which sadly could not be held in person because of COVID, and were shown ROSL’s own flag, which proudly displays the words ‘Founded 1910’.

From these discussions, an idea grew for the pupils to create a new country based on their own heritage and ideals, complete with flags and even a national anthem.

Exhibited at Riverley as part of the Griffin Arts Festival, show and tell photographs, personal flags, and video footage all saw the project begin to take shape.

This month, the complete video of Nisha’s experiences plus some of the flags created by pupils, enlarged to full size, will be displayed at Over-Seas House, flying proudly from the building as you enter the courtyard.

Visit ROSL’s YouTube channel to watch the project video and make sure to look out for the flags on your next visit.

NISHA DUGGAL

explores expressions of freedom in the everyday. She is interested in the transformative qualities of making and doing, engineering situations that uncover deep-seated primitive impulses to connect. Nisha has been Artist-in-Residence for Walthamstow Wetlands and lead artist for Supersmashers in London Gallery. She is currently artist-in-residence at Powis Castle, Wales.

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