Cranleigh’s new art studios were officially opened today in a ceremony and exhibition attended by members of the whole community.
The Woodyer Art Studios, named after Henry Woodyer, the School’s original architect, were opened by award winning Architect and Old Cranleighan Adam Knibb.
The Studios have been updated and refurbished, providing an excellent facility for Art, including: six large studios with specialist provision for painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramics; a separate area for Sixth Formers; two IT suites and a new photography area, complete with a traditional dark room and a lighting studio. The printmaking studio is equipped for relief printing, acid based etching, and screen-printing. A large project studio provides for a weekly Sixth Form life-class and space for exhibitions of student work.
Mr James Nairne, Cranleigh’s Director of Art, said: “Art and culture remain at the heart of a Cranleigh education. 40 pupils are doing art GCSE this year, while 18 will take the subject at A Level. Six plan to study art after school – three are going to do foundation courses, one to do architecture, one to do landscape design and one to do automotive design.
“We wanted to honour Woodyer with the name, he isn’t well known today but was an eminent architect in his time. He was commissioned to design the School and he built the oldest parts of our campus, including the fine Neo-Gothic chapel.”
After Cranleigh, Knibb of Adam Knibb Architects undertook his architectural education at the Welsh School of Architecture, before completing his RIBA Part 3 qualification at Oxford Brookes University. He now heads up a small architectural design team based in Winchester, who specialise in sustainable design projects, tailored for each individual client.