Grimsby School of Art officially unveiled by Lady Frances Sorrell

Dignitaries, staff and students celebrate the official launch of the Grimsby School of Art

The Grimsby Institute’s Grimsby School of Art has been officially opened at Nuns Corner in Grimsby by Lady Frances Sorrell in honour of the Grimsby Institute’s 70th anniversary.

The glittering event included a Retrospective Art Exhibition, the unveiling of a new sculpture designed by students from the National Art & Design Saturday Club (NADSC), a live Performance by Performing Arts and Music learners and the opening of Platform South, a new work space for games development.

The £6million Grimsby School of Art, a new home for the Grimsby Institute and University Centre Grimsby’s Creative Arts courses, comes with a history that can be traced back to 1886 when the first Art Class was introduced at Holme Hill School, on the corner of Heneage Road and Wellington Street, before the first School opened in 1898 on Silver Street with other sites including Eleanor Street and most recently on Westward Ho.

Lady Frances Sorrell, Founder of the Sorrell Foundation and the National Art & Design Saturday Club, which has run classes at the Grimsby Institute, was invited to officially open the building. The event was also attended by the Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire and was hosted by the Grimsby Institute Group’s Assistant Principal Curriculum, Amanda Rudolph, who has been actively involved with the School of Art since 1997, when she joined the Group as Head of School for Art, Media & Design.

Lady Sorrell said: “It’s wonderful to have been invited to open the Grimsby School of Art, I can’t tell you you how special it is. We love Grimsby, we work with 41 clubs across the UK, and Grimsby is a big favourite of ours because of the dedication and commitment of the tutors and the special relationship that Grimsby Institute has with it’s community. I’m very privileged and delighted to have been invited to be here.”

Several special guests were invited to speak at the event including former learners Michael Scrimshaw, a Professional Artist and Sculptor, Jake Willey, Head of Blimbu Games and Gillian Hadwin and Elaine Munson, the owner of Abbey Walk Gallery and Darren Capp, Art, Design and Media Tutor who works with The Sorrell Foundation and has run the National Art & Design Saturday Club for 14-16 year olds at the Grimsby Institute. Darren also led the unveiling of a stunning sculpture in the Grimsby Institute’s courtyard that has been designed as tribute to creative education in Grimsby by the students from the NADSC.  During his speech Michael Scrimshaw said:

“I was amongst the first students who studied the degree course at the Grimsby Institute and when I think about that, the tutors and the support I received, I realised how impactful that time was. I’m terribly grateful to all of the staff here.

“Being here gave me the opportunity to be person that is now a Studio Artist and it reflects on so many peoples’ lives, so thank you very much.”

Michael’s ‘Flying Machine’, that was commissioned by the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull for the Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition as part of their Royal Collection, was one of the impressive centerpieces to the evening’s Private View of the Retrospective Exhibition that is taking place in the new School on Friday 7th November from 11am-4pm, Saturday 8th November from 10am-1pm and then Monday 10th – Friday 14th November from 11am-4pm.

Click here to download the Grimsby School of Art – A Retrospective.  A new brochure detailing the history of the Art School.

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