“We have completed plans which will establish a new dedicated drawing studio on our site which is situated on the outskirts of Bournemouth and Poole. The design for the studio has been completed by the architect Professor Sir Peter Cook who is an alumnus of the institution having studied architecture here in the 1950s. Peter was the founder of the Archigram movement and whilst he is recognised for buildings internationally, (most notably the Kuntshaus Graz), there are no buildings by him in the UK.
Our intention is to provide students with a new space in which drawing can be taught and practised. We are also keen to re assert the centrality of drawing to the subjects we offer. The condition of the room celebrates four aspects of light – central themes in looking and drawing to include a large north-light in the studio tradition, a rear clerestory that throws a softer light back from the rear wall, a discrete and even softer light that filters from beneath the bench on the east side and, finally, a graded wash of light that comes along the curve of the entrance porte clochere via the glass entrance door. We believe the simplicity of the monocoque construction will allow the act of drawing to become a calm and considered activity within the lively world of a very busy creative institution.”
Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE
Principal and Vice-Chancellor