Royal Academy Exhibition Launches new Culford Art Gallery

11 Oct 2013

An exhibition of contemporary works of art by students from the Royal Academy Schools was viewed by over 200 guests at Culford School on Saturday 5th October. The occasion also marked the official opening of the Foundation Gallery within Culford’s art department with Simon Kiddy, former Chairman of the Old Culfordian Association, unveiling the commemorative plaque.

The new Foundation Gallery is central to Culford’s plans for its art department, and is the first area to be remodelled, providing a stunning, professionally lit space for displays of pupils’ work. Future planned developments will see the refurbishment of a large teaching studio with a new glass panelled roof and large picture windows installed which open out onto the 480 acres of parkland that surround the school.

The redevelopment is part of Culford’s fundraising drive The Campaign for Culford which aims to raise £1.65 million towards projects that also include building a new state-of-the-art Library at the academic heart of the school.

The exhibition, which was sponsored by investment management company JM Finn & Co in partnership with Culford, represented a new venture for the RA Schools, bringing the works produced by its students into East Anglia for the first time. Works included a wide range of contemporary art media, including painting, print and sculpture and students from the Royal Academy spent Friday running classes and workshops with Culford’s art scholars.

The works from the RA Schools were exhibited throughout Culford Hall and guests enjoyed champagne sponsored by Adnams together with delicious canapés sponsored by the school’s caterers, Edwards and Blake.