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Alumni in the News: Beau McCarthy

Thu, Nov 4th, 2021
Worth School

Beau McCarthy developed a love of art during his time at Worth. Now, he is focused on reconnecting communities and fostering a sense of togetherness post-pandemic. Read Beau’s story in our latest Alumni in the News feature …

Architectural designer Beau McCarthy, who was in St Bede’s and left in 2012, has recently created a travelling exhibition space which he designed and built in collaboration with designer Lucy Grainge and which has been supported by the Arts Council England Lottery Fund. The Wiggle Wonderland is a timber-framed, open-air gallery that can be adapted to display works from different communities in different locations. Emerging from the shadow of the pandemic, the installation responds to a growing need for spaces that foster a sense of togetherness and a celebration of the power of art in bringing communities together.

Launched at the DIY arts festival, Brainchild, this summer, the pavilion will be used to display ‘Words Not Walls’ poetry from neurodivergent primary school children in Spring 2022 in Enfield and then move to be used by A Space Between, an arts organisation based in hospitals who support patients and healthcare workers through free, therapeutic workshops.

After leaving Worth, Beau studied Architecture at Central Saint Martins and then went on to do a Masters in Architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow. Having worked as a freelancer across a range of 3D design jobs, Beau is now based between London and Barcelona and his work spans architecture, art direction, curation and set design.

Of his time at Worth Beau said: “What I really took from Worth was the great support from the Art department, especially from Ms Hudson, who helped me expand my work into larger 3D spatial installations which started my growing interest in 3D design. I feel Worth gave me the confidence to keep pushing my knowledge and design capabilities.”

Beau is pictured with designer Lucy Grainge. Picture is courtesy of Nicole Loucaides.

Worth Society is the School’s thriving alumni association that enables former pupils and staff to stay in touch with one another for business and social networking purposes, providing careers advice, support and lifelong guidance.