Rory McCann

25th April 2013

Over the Easter break a transformation took place in our Barton Science block as artist and biologist, Rory McCann, spent an estimated 100 hours completing a captivating mural entitled ‘Evolution’ that will mesmerize generations of students to come.

Sponsored by Rathbones Investment Management International as part of their corporate partnership with the JCG Foundation, the mural was unveiled following Rory’s entertaining and engaging Inquiring Minds lecture entitled ‘Exploring and Promoting Conservation and Zoology through Art’. Access Scaffolding very kindly provided the equipment that Rory needed to complete his mammoth task and the artwork is now viewed by hundreds of students each day.

Two Year 12 students, Chelsea Cooper and Charlotte Spencer, give their own account of Rory’s visit below:

During our first assembly of the summer term, we were graced by Rory’s charm and humour as he told his life story of how he became an international artist. Whilst discussing the difficulties he has overcome, he inspired students and teachers alike with his enthusiasm for life and for his love of art and animals.

On Wednesday evening, parents and other JCG alumni were invited to listen to Rory’s stories and he again did not fail to make everyone laugh with his exciting stories and unique talents – which he wasn’t afraid to show off! The night ended with the official revealing of the mural as well as a humble performance from Rory and his ukulele, with the whole room bursting into song with him. Overall, we can speak on the school’s behalf when we say that it was a pleasure to meet this inspirational man; he taught us that even when times get tough if you find something you love, you should stick with it and make every day worth living.


To view coverage of Rory’s visit and his completed artwork, please view the links provided by Channel Television below: