Shaping the Future is a major expansion and upgrade of our west London home. Built in the 1930’s for Chiswick Polytechnic, the demands of our training have long since outgrown the constraints of our building. This £20 million capital campaign will create the state-of-the art training facilities that our teaching requires and our students deserve, ensuring that ArtsEd remains at the forefront of conservatoire training in the UK.
The beginning of this ten-year capital campaign was marked by the opening of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre in November 2013. This wonderful proscenium arch space was generously supported by a sole donation of £3.5 million donation from the Foundation.
“This ambitious capital project comes at a pivotal moment for ArtsEd as it celebrates 100 years of nurturing young talent. The school is a leading contributor to the UK’s creative industries, internationally renowned for providing outstanding and contemporary training in the performing arts. The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has been a long-term supporter of ArtsEd, including providing financial scholarships for talented young people from diverse backgrounds who have gone on to successful careers in the industry. I am immensely proud to be the founding supporter of Shaping the Future, a project that will ensure ArtsEd remains a centre of excellence for many years to come.” Andrew Lloyd Webber, ArtsEd President
Construction of the second phase of Shaping the Future was completed in October 2020, on budget and only two months behind schedule, a very impressive feat in the circumstances. This entirely new, three storey building includes two rehearsal suites, four beautiful new dance and acting studios, classrooms for the Day School & Sixth Form, a much larger and better equipped gym, a brand new communal space in the heart of our home, and the Green Roof, a wonderfully versatile terrace and studio on the top floor. The students, pupils and staff are delighted with the new spaces and we are very much looking forward to showing people round.
We are currently fundraising for the third and final phase of this major capital campaign at ArtsEd, the creation of a brand-new performance space to replace the old Studio Theatre, demolished to make way for the recently completed courtyard building.
With a 150-seat capacity and a thrust stage layout reflecting the intimacy of theatres like the Donmar Warehouse and Menier Chocolate Factory, the ArtsEd Playhouse will be an essential second performance space that will perfectly complement the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre. Fully fitted out with state of the art equipment, the Playhouse will be a versatile space, flexible to the needs of both Day School & Sixth Form pupils and degree students. The skills that they will develop in this more intimate performance space will be invaluable as they embark on their professional careers and a powerful addition to our training offer.
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