On Thursday 6 February, visual artist Julian Opie (OW 1977) returned to MCS to see his artwork Paul and Padmini running in situ for the first time.

The animated film was unveiled at the start of the Hilary Term, and features a boy and a girl dressed in school uniform, drawn in the pared-back style for which Julian is internationally famous.

Having observed his work hanging in pride of place in the new Sixth Form centre, Julian enjoyed a tour of the Art Department, led by teachers Mrs Rutter and Mr Quiney, where he was able to observe a Third Form lesson.

The pupils are currently working on a Julian Opie project with Mr Hunter and had the rare opportunity to receive guidance on their projects from the artist himself.


  • A Julian Opie style self-portrait by Finn (Third Form)
  • Van Gogh in the Style of Julian Opie by Rohan (Third Form)


Tom (Fifth Form) also had the invaluable opportunity to meet Julian, having elected to undertake a project about the artist as part of his Art GCSE.

After a buffet lunch with staff and students, including Upper Sixth Art pupils and The Lily team, Julian was able to meet Satomi Philips, parent of two OWs, who is the patron of the wonderful art displays in the Sixth Form Centre.

MCS wishes to thank Gareth and Satomi Phillips who, as patrons of our art programme, helped make this unique installation possible.