Guildford County School Art Department Opening

The new art department at Guildford County School was formally opened on Friday 4th July by Anne Milton MP.

The building provides 4 spacious art studios – a large 3D/clay studio with kiln room and damp room, main fine art studio, dedicated sixth form studio and a flexible fine art/photography studio incorporating backdrops and curtains for fashion/still life photographic work.   Linked to the studios are a new digital photography workroom, traditional wet darkroom, foyer gallery space, office and stores.  The building has an asymmetrical pitched roof incorporating a range of north facing rooflights, and is clad in natural timber with a ‘rainbow’ of coloured glass panels enlivening the main elevation.

GLA developed the design as part of a masterplan for the school and assisted with the successful EFA funding bid which made the construction possible.  Vacated art rooms in the main building are now being refurbished to provide improved sixth form and Design Technology provision.

The opening was celebrated with the unveiling of a bespoke plaque designed in house by the school art team, and the staging of their end of year exam exhibition which shows the building off to its best.

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