New Art Centre is Officially Open – Culford School

12 May 2020

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.

For the official opening 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.

During his speech, Charles commented: “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.”

An open afternoon for parents, pupils and staff provided 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.