Last summer we saw the demolition of the dated and leaking Art Studio which had been part of the Pringle Centre for Art and Design Technology for decades. In the space of only one academic year the arts facilities at Culford have been revolutionised with the completion of the new studio. Now at the heart of the Art Centre there is a glass-fronted, modern, dynamic space that can be used for lessons, exhibitions and events.
On Thursday 12 we were delighted to welcome back our supporters for the official opening of the Centre. We were joined by Art Critic Charles Darwent who we were honoured to have cut the ribbon and launch what will be decades of learning and creativity in a vibrant and versatile space specially created for children’s artistic practice. The evening highlighted the undebatable importance that the Arts play in formal education and we hope that this new Centre will facilitate creative exploration for all of our pupils.
“At a time when funding for the arts in schools is increasingly under attack, it is particularly pleasing to see the opening of Culford’s new Art Centre. Last year, the creative industries contributed £11 billion to UK GDP – more than agriculture and fisheries combined. What students will learn in the new art centre is not just engraving or ceramics or fabric design, but, more broadly, to look and to see. Those are skills that will follow them all their lives, whether they become artists or doctors or engineers.”
Before the opening visitors took part in either a lino printing workshop lead by Art Teacher Brenda Hunt or a poly printing workshop lead by Deputy Head of Art Neil Evans; guests cut and transferred their own designs from a piece of lino or poly block onto paper to take home with them as a reminder of the day. We would like to thank all of our generous donors, as well as staff and suppliers who worked tirelessly at delivering this project on time and under budget.
On Friday we held an open afternoon for parents, pupils and staff which was an excellent opportunity for everyone to see not only the amazing new space but also the creative work of some of our very talented past and present pupils. Thank you to everyone who sponsored a pop art canvas or engraved flagstone, as well as donated their time and resources. Without our generous donors achievements such as this would not be possible. We look forward to seeing what the future brings.
To see photographs of the opening please click here.