Renowned Northern Irish artist Ross Wilson visited his alma mater Glengormley High School on Monday 18 June. Ross spent the day with a range of GCSE and A level students telling them about his life, work and advising them on their own art.
Ross Wilson attended Glengormley High School during the 1970s and went on to study fine art at the University of Ulster and at the Chelsea College of Art and Design.
His public sculpture commissions include The Ulster Brewer at the Waterfront Hall Belfast and the centenary C. S. Lewis sculpture in in east Belfast.
Newly appointed Principal of Glengormley High School Mr Ricky Massey said
“To have Ross return to the place where he states his ‘journey started’ was an absolute privilege for both the students and staff who spent the day with him.
“Ross attributes the success he has had to Sheila Doris, his art teacher who recognised the talent that he had and inspired him to follow his dream. He told our students that Mrs Doris changed his life.
“The students were inspired by this unassuming man who took a genuine interest in helping them progress and follow their journey, in the same way that Mrs Doris helped him.
“His message to our students was ‘follow your dreams, don’t let anything stand in your way,if I can do it so can you!’”
In September, Glengormley High will launch a new house system. The houses will be named after people from the province that the students should aspire to.
Ricky Massey continued
“These people have not only been selected for their success in their fields but also for their character. It is no surprise therefore that one of the houses will be named ‘Wilson’.
“Welcome home Ross!”