The New Cultural Quarter and Performing Arts Centre


A magnet for the College’s creative community...

The most ambitious building project we have undertaken in many years, the new Cultural Quarter will be a stunning addition to the cultural life of the College and the wider community.

PROJECT COST: £13.9M

Project Target Achieved

Fundraising is now complete and work on this ambitious project has commenced with a projected opening November 2017. £10.9m has been raised by the generosity of parents and OWs and £3m has been funded by the College.

 

The vibrant Cultural Quarter will open up a myriad of possibilities, embracing the benefits of an holistic education and providing a cultural laboratory where students can experiment, create, perform and engage with their peers. It will be home to the new Performing Arts Centre – housing the Performance Auditorium and Cultural Living Room – set within a beautiful landscape including gardens, walkways, and a central ‘plaza’ that will become both a cultural and social hub for the College.

 

One of the best 27 buildings on the planet

The designs that have been developed by Architects Studio Seilern have been awarded the winner in the ‘Best Building in Education’ category at the World Architecture Festival in November 2015 and is included as one of the best 27 buildings on the planet.

PERFORMANCE AUDITORIUM AND THE CULTURAL LIVING ROOM

A state-of-the-art performance space – part concert hall, part theatre, part opera house – where we can put on large-scale concerts, musicals and plays, and a multi-performance and exhibition space where activities will be driven by the students.

Imagine the possibilities… Ballet with a live orchestra; joint events with the local music community and with our partner schools; visiting orchestras; rock concerts and much more. It will also release much needed space in our current theatre for additional dance and rehearsal facilities, and will become the building where the entire College can come together. The Cultural Living Room will become another vibrant social hub for the campus where creative arts, events, exhibitions and student life are allowed to occur spontaneously.

The Cultural Quarter

Naming Opportunities

To show our appreciation of your support we have provided a number of opportunities to name elements of projects and programmes. By doing this we remind the wider community how essential philanthropic support is to the College.

Theatre seats are £500, flagstones in the Cultural Plaza £1,000 and trees are £1,500. There are also opportunities to name various areas of the new complex.

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Upcoming Events

07 June 2024

OW 20 Year Reunion – Class of 2004

The Ship, London

 

 

The Wellington Community would like to invite all 2004 Leavers to reunite and reminisce with one another at The Ship, Wandsworth on Friday 7th June from 6:30pm. Drinks and a light buffet will be available to celebrate this wonderful milestone. Please spread the word to ensure we can get as many of the Class of 2004 together as possible!

 

Tickets cost £10 each, and include welcome drinks and light buffet.

 

OWs and their partners and/or guests are all very welcome to attend.

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08 June 2024

Wellington Parent Choir

Concert Room, Wellington College

 

 

Saturday 8th June 11:00am-12:00pm

The Wellington Community invite you to join the informal and fun Wellington Parent Singers group, led by our inspirational Director of Music Simon Williamson. Designed for singers of all abilities. To register your place please email: community@wellingtoncollege.org.uk


12 June 2024

Wellington Community Book Club

Wellington College

 

 

The Wellington Community Book Club is a small, friendly group of bookworms who meet regularly to debate the meeting’s highlighted books, discuss what they’re currently perusing, and share their love of reading!

The next meeting will be held in the Library Moral Room on Wednesday 12th June from 7.30pm; drinks and light bites will be provided. The group have chosen to read ‘Maurice and Maralyn: A Whale, a Shipwreck, a Love Story’ by Sophie Elmhirst and ‘Shy’ by Max Porter

The group always welcomes new members, even if you haven’t had a chance to read the books! If you would be interested in joining, please email community@wellingtoncollege.org.uk for more information.


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