Bedales School, in East Hampshire, has been granted planning permission for a new arts centre, a two-storey barn that will enclose a grassy open courtyard, where a spreading oak tree will take centre stage.
The building will cater for the wide array of art and design disciplines taught at Bedales: painting and fashion, industrial design and sculpture, woodwork, jewellery, ceramics, print-making, sculpting and drawing. That they can now be studied in one integrated hub will help students maximise their development potential.
A fundraising campaign to raise £3.5 million is underway. Once funding is secured, construction will begin in spring 2015 and the new building will open its doors to students in the autumn term 2016.
Commenting on the public launch of the project, Keith Budge, headmaster Bedales Schools, said: “Bedales is constantly evolving. In 2006, Bedales Assessed Courses were introduced as a better alternative to some GCSEs and this enabled art and design students to play to their strengths… The truth, however, is that there is simply not enough space to accommodate all the students who wish to take these subjects. A new Art & Design building, combined with our first class teaching, will be a powerful combination.”
Patron of the Bedales Art & Design building project – and Bedalian alumni – David Linley, said: “New generations of students will love to study here and will produce great work. My only regret is that I myself will not be getting down to business in the sunlit studios and workshops.”