Heritage and Our Communities, an Artist-in-Residence for ROSL and Riverley Primary School
In 2021 Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) commissioned Nisha Duggal, an established London-based artist, experienced in working with young people, to deliver an exciting new project funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, in partnership with Riverley Primary School in Leyton, East London.
Nisha Duggal – Artist Biography
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 works internationally including installations at ArtNight and Watermans (London), Arnolfini (Bristol), Ginza Art Lab (Tokyo), Baltic (Gateshead) and Oriel Mostyn (Llandudno) with screenings at Videobabel (Cusco, Peru), European Media Art Festival (Osnabrueck, Germany), Rekalde (Bilbao, Spain), Cornerhouse (Manchester) and Iniva (London). She been awarded commissions by Site Gallery (Sheffield) and Contemporary Art Forum (Kitchener, Ontario) and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Moving Image Awards in 2008 and the Jerwood/Umbrella Moving Image Awards in 2013. Between 2018-20 Nisha was artist-in-residence for Walthamstow Wetlands, and The National Trust at Powis Castle in Wales.
Nisha will explore 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. We wish to share our heritage with the pupils to experience these buildings and increase confidence in their own knowledge over the history and purpose of ROSL in Central London. Our Artist-in- Residence will devise and deliver art workshops based on developing their own creative practice, inspired by the themes of heritage, community and home. At the end of the project this collaboration will be showcased at two launch events, one at ROSL and the other at Riverley Primary School as part of the annual Griffin Arts Festival in July 2021.
About Riverley Primary School and Griffin Schools Trust
Riverley Primary School endeavours to provide the finest educational experience for every single child at our inspirational and thriving school. Our holistic and well-rounded approach towards education provides an exceptional foundation for life-long learning, and we ensure that each child has the opportunity to grow in self-confidence, academic success and artistic endeavours. We do this through providing a rigorous curriculum, opportunities for wide-ranging extracurricular provision and ensuring learner-centred lessons.
We are a proud member of the Griffin Schools Trust whose vision is Proud Traditions, Wide Horizons and High Achievement and which has created a family of happy, exciting and successful schools.
Life at Riverley is an engaging learning journey from Nursery through to Year 6; the experiences gained providing a lasting value. Children understand what it means to be a ‘Riverley child’ and how they are a part of the Trusts wider ‘Griffin family’. Riverley is a happy school where our pupils feel a sense of belonging and pride, show respect for all and always aim to be the very best they can be.
This project has been made possible thanks to funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.