Nationally important arts centre
he award-winning North Wall Arts Centre at St Edward’s opened 10 years ago with the support of Alan Bennett, George Fenton, Judi Dench and Richard Attenborough.
The ground breaking centre, built on top of the School’s former indoor pool, operates on a number of levels. A vibrant, purpose-built home for pupil drama, art and dance activities, it has, since its inception, extended its vision and reach well beyond the School to develop an innovative arts venue for Oxford and beyond. With a deliberate emphasis on offering alternatives to the mainstream, the dazzling and eclectic public programme attracts over 20,000 visitors a year to more than 100 performances and exhibitions. Alongside its programming, The North Wall embraces the School’s mission to educate and inspire – by producing new plays; by programming work by early-career arts professionals; and by hosting free, residential arts placements for young people from all over the country. For pupils of St Edward’s, daily access to a working theatre and art gallery, and all the professional writers, directors, performers, technicians and artists who use the space, is an unparalleled opportunity unique in education.
As a result of this pioneering facility, Teddies pupils have an excellent track record on stage and screen, and in the wider creative industries. Recent alumni include actors Emilia Clarke, Florence Pugh, Sebastian de Souza and Pippa Bennett-Warner.
To take a brief look at the dazzling programme of dance, drama, music and art at the public arts centre sponsored by St Edward’s School, view the film below:
To see the full North Wall programme, click here.