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The Basson Art and Design Centre

The opening of The Basson Art and Design Centre - June 2016

The Rogers Gallery

The Rogers Gallery

On Saturday 25 June, pupils, staff, parents and special guests attended the naming and official opening of Monkton Senior School’s amazing new Art and Design Centre.

The flagship building has been in use by pupils and staff throughout the academic year, but Senior School prize-giving provided the perfect opportunity to formally name the building, and allow visitors to tour the stunning ‘Summer Exhibition’ created by talented GCSE and A Level pupils.

Principal Chris Wheeler praised S R Architects, Rydon Construction and the school’s own bursarial team for turning the vision of Tim Hardisty (Head of Art) and Simon Gent (Head of Design &Technology) into  ‘a truly inspirational workspace, perfectly nestled in the beauty of the Monkton valley’.

Mr Wheeler also expressed thanks to individuals, trusts and foundations who had given so generously to the project. Particular appreciation was reserved for Norman and Jane Basson, ‘whose support and philanthropy had allowed the school to be wonderfully ambitious and aspirational’.

Chris Wheeler then invited the Basson family to cut the ribbon, and officially name and open the new building.  Additionally, the front gallery of the centre was named ‘The Rogers Gallery’ in honour of former pupil, teacher, and wood craftsman, Chris Rogers who died last year.

After viewing the exhibition of pupil work, the community enjoyed a tasty celebratory lunch.

Recently completed projects at:

The Senior School:

  • The Basson Art and Design Centre (2016)
  • The John Chaplin Boathouse at Saltford (2014)
  • Music Centre (2012)
  • Purchase of The Mill (2012) for further development
  • Boathouse at School (2012)
  • The AC Maths & Science Centre (2008)
  • Library (2006)

The Prep School:

  • Entrance, access road and parking (2014)
  • Netball courts (2014)
  • Astroturf hockey and tennis courts (2009)
  • Library (2004)

For more information…

Please make contact with the Development Office for more information about The Monkton Foundation. Our team will be more than happy to assist you:

Trevor Reid - Director of External Relations

The Development Office:

Tel: +44 (0)1225 721 154

development@monkton.org.uk