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Building work has started at King’s College, Taunton, on their new art studio. On Friday 15 April, under an April shower or two, the Headmaster Richard Biggs dug out the first piece of the foundations for the new Silvermead Studio. Also attending the ceremony were members of the King’s staff, Rachel Price from Ward Williams Associates and Jon Webster from the builders, Qube Construction.

The new studio will be an excellent addition to the school’s existing art facilities, creating a large new teaching and working space. With high ceilings and plenty of natural light, the new studio will provide an opportunity for pupils to work on large-scale and collaborative projects. The design includes a mezzanine floor and large glass doors opening onto a terrace. The new studio will allow the development of the smaller spaces in the current building into more dedicated, specialist working areas for pupils.

Commenting on the project the Head of Art, Clare Schmidt, said “It is very exciting to see the diggers starting work on the art extension. The new studio is going to be such a great addition – the open and light space will provide the opportunity for our pupils to create ambitious drawing, painting and textile work.”

To celebrate the building of the new studio, the school has created the Silvermead Scholarship, offering 50% off day fees to outstanding artists entering the Third Form (year 9) from September 2017. For further details of this new award please contact the Admissions Office by email admissions@kings-taunton.co.uk or by telephone 01823 328204.The new studio is expected to be completed in time for the start of the new academic year in September