Blackfriars, an ancient Dominican refectory, is the home of the Art Department. This historic building is the powerhouse behind a host of artistic disciplines: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and textile design. There are two multi-purpose studios and a textile studio, the ‘Cleary Gallery’ for hosting exhibitions, and a departmental library/tutorial room.
Notable former pupils include the sculptor Henry Weekes (KS 1816-22), and the ceramicist Edmund de Waal (KS 1977-81) who in 2012 opened the state-of-the-art photography and pottery studios on nearby King Street. This consists of a ceramics studio, with plaster and sculpture area and kiln room, and a photography studio with digital suite, full film processing and dark room facilities.
Art and Design is taken by all Shell pupils. It is an optional subject at GCSE, where there is a choice between Art & Design or Photography courses. At A Level pupils can also choose between Art & Design or Photography.
The proximity of Canterbury to both London and Paris permits regular visits to art galleries and museums.
In recent years the Department has operated an Artist-in-Residence scheme, which gives an insight into the working methods of professional practitioners.
Director of Art:
Mr Peter Cordeaux