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Final piece of Kendal College’s creative arts complex is now in place
The new state-of-the-art Wildman Street Studios at Kendal College house a large ground floor performance space with an atrium the full height of the building to offer new and exciting production opportunities.
It has been specifically designed as a creative space and has three specialist art and design workshops. Outside, a fully landscaped courtyard space with seating and power will enable outdoor performances.
The construction of the Wildman Street Studios alone cost £2.9m, but the development ties in with a further £1m revamp of the existing Allen Building, where students can now benefit from a revamped sound recording studio, a fourth music rehearsal room, new workshops for the creation of art and design works and theatrical props and scenery, and a café.
Matt Burke, Head of School for The Arts, Media and Heritage at Kendal College, said: “The culmination of these improvements has completed the new look Arts and Media Campus. We can now offer the full package – a creative hub at the northern end of town with all of our ‘arts’ students on one campus – as well as having dedicated support spaces for the College and for external events.
“It far exceeds the expectation of a ‘normal’ college building and has been designed specifically with professional working practices in mind.”
Alongside The Box – the College’s other purpose-built performance venue – the Wildman Street Studios will be available for the College’s partners in the creative sector to use; from community and education groups to employers and event organisers.
In addition to the Studios, a new gallery space – The Wildman Gallery – has also opened and will host Kendal College’s Art & Design Open Studio Exhibition from Thursday, June 15 to Thursday, June 29, 12 – 5pm, Monday – Thursday.
Built specifically as a gallery space, The Wildman Gallery has 30 linear metres of hanging space, which will showcase the work of our Foundation Art & Design, Foundation Photography, Level 3 Extended Diploma Art & Design and Level 2 Diploma Art & Design students.
Graham Wilkinson, College Principal, said “Our ambition is to develop a creative hub by opening up the Museum and Wildman Street car parks to the Arts fraternity, giving them the opportunity to showcase and sell their work on a regular basis. Overall the space will make a fabulous area for culinary and arts based festivals and events.”