Chris Jeffery says of the Arts Centre, “It not only provides the very best facilities for our artists, musicians and performers, but it is the centrepiece of a jigsaw of on-going development of the campus.”
The side view with main school reception in the background
Here you can see the link walkway through to the existing hall
Looking up the side of the building towards Photographic Lane, with the car park now situated on the old tennis courts area, keeping them well away from the playground
Moving inside, we have a 100+ seater auditorium, with full lighting rig and control box. The seating is retractable to create an open space for orchestra rehearsals and other events.
The art school is dedicated to Ed De Nunzio, Bootham Old Scholar 2005-10, who died in a tragic accident only a year after leaving school. Ed was a much loved member of the community.
Art work goes up
And what were once the music practice rooms have become art carrels for the senior students
The upper floor with music teaching and practice rooms
A singing lesson
A break time coffee in the arts centre foyer - and feeling right at home!
Early morning and Bootham's Art Centre awaits a new day
and this photo shows how the completely refurbished old music block has been incorporated into the overall design - nothing wasted!
A sculpture area, created in the rear courtyard
The ground floor entrance leads down to the art department
One of the art teaching rooms
This was once the old music teaching room - now an art studio
Students get to find their way round
A music theory lesson underway
Guitar practice in the auditorium
John Squires, the lead architect on the development, said, “The school wanted us to develop a design that complements the scale and quality of the adjoining ‘brutalist concrete’ Assembly Hall, a bold statement of architecture from the 1960s, whilst introducing a new vision that responds to the demands of sustainable development. Our design aims to provide a vibrant, lively and creative space that will draw people in and encourage them to stay. Sensitive and respectful to its surroundings; this isn’t a grand commercial statement, but something more refined.
Wherever possible, we’ve retained and embedded the existing building into the new structure as this reflects Bootham’s commitment to retain, re-use and refurbish; the evolution of the buildings is gradual and sensitive. I hope there’s a feeling of openness; we’ve framed the view of the Minster on the first floor and created an open gallery between the ground and first floors that should produce a lively, creative, flow of people. This is a space where people can share and collaborate.”