Pupils’ artworks to be displayed in new Bovis Homes sales office in Caversham


The artwork of two local schoolchildren is to take pride of place on the walls of a Bovis Homes sales centre in Caversham.

Paintings by Year 9 student Sophia May and Year 8 student Mo Bernard, from Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre, will be adding colour and visual interest to the sales centre at the housebuilder’s Emmer Green Drive location when it opens its doors in June.

The two abstract works were chosen as part of a competition organised by Bovis Homes for members of the school’s Wednesday art club. Sophia and Mo both received a £50 Amazon voucher as prizes.

Bovis Homes had provided the young artists with an A3 canvas each and challenged them to create their own designs. To provide inspiration, the students from Years 7, 8 and 9 were sent a mood board of the colours and textures used by interior designers to dress the five-bedroom Birch show home at the development, which is taking shape on the former Reading Golf Club site off Kidmore End Road.


Ms Garner, Curriculum Leader for Art at Highdown School and Sixth Form College, said: “The members of Highdown Art Club have had a fantastic time designing and making abstract artwork for the brief provided by Bovis Homes. They had a clear sense of the space that they were creating their artwork for from the mood board and details provided by Bovis Homes.

“The students have been thrilled to be working as if they were professional artists on this brief and have got a lot from the experience. Our thanks go to Bovis Homes for providing the opportunity and the canvasses. I would also like to say a big well done to our students for their amazing work.”


Alix Laflin, marketing manager for Bovis Homes, said: “It is no exaggeration to say that we were absolutely blown away by the quality of the artwork which was produced by these young people. We sent them a mood board showing the colours inside the show home, provided them with a blank canvas and asked them to let their imaginations run riot.

“The results are stunning and it was difficult to choose two winners because there was just so much high-quality inspirational artwork on show. In the end, we selected the bold and colourful designs created by Sophia and Mo which, coincidentally, look as if they could be part of a themed collection.

“This competition has helped us strengthen our ongoing relationship with the school which was first established when we gave them a cherry tree and a Scots pine tree to be planted in the school grounds last year. This latest project has allowed us to showcase the artistic talents of local students to a wider audience and to give our new sales office a unique look.”


Bovis Homes is part of Vistry Group, which also includes Linden Homes and Countryside Homes.

For more information about the new homes at Emmer Green Drive, which are currently being sold from Bovis Homes’ Shinfield Meadows development, visit bovishomes.co.uk.

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