Art Department Redevelopments

New Outlook for Culford Art

art department in the 1950s

Computer generated image of what the refurbished art department will look like (above)

Our pupils’ work is outstanding, but the building lets them down. The Studio has changed little since the 1950s (see image to the left) and now requires major structural improvements and a new roof. Just as the new Library is at the heart of academic life at Culford, the new Art Studio is sure to be at the heart of the creative arts and will serve as a springboard for outstanding and talented artists of the future.

The Library has shown the way, and we intend to replace a small window in a large brick wall with a much larger expanse of glass and wood to open up the view to the park and allow light to flood the space (see the computer generated image above).
The build so far...
Redevelopment timeline
Year Description
March 2019 Underfloor heating laid.
February 2019 Mezzanine decorations begin.
February 2019 Plaster boarding to all new wall and ceiling areas completed.
January 2019 Zinc roof and cladding finished.
December 2018 Network cables laid.
December 2018 Roof construction completed.
October 2018 Foundations laid.
October 2018 The ground breaking ceremony was performed by the Head Boys and Girls from the Senior and Prep Schools, alongside Old Culfordian and Managing Director of Seamans Building Contractors, Duncan Haydon (1977-1986), the Headmaster, Chairman of Governors, FoundationTrustees, Culford School pupils and staff.
August 2018  Demolition of the Main Art Studio.


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Art at Culford

saatchi award winning artwork

The Art department holds a special place at the heart of Culford. Pupils produce outstanding works of art and deliver some of the best examination results in the School. In 2014, Sixth Former Harry Reidy (2011-2013) won the prestigious Saatchi Gallery/ Deutsch Bank Art Prize for Schools from a field of 17,000 entrants from all over the world (artwork pictured left). 

In early spring 2016, talented pupils Hadley Butler, Jono Le Grice, Raul Rutnam and Ophelia Yannaghas, all exhibited their artwork in Culford’s first Pupil Showcase Event in the Foundation Gallery. This was soon followed by the impressive British Road Movies Exhibition from OC Kate Jackson (1988-1998).  You can see a selection of photographs from this exhibition below.