Bootham School £3.75 million Art Centre officially opened by the De Nunzio family in memory of their Son
Over 200 guests will attend the official opening of Bootham School’s £3.75 million Arts Centre on Saturday. The facility has already attracted wide interest from the Arts World at both a local and national level. Last month it was venue to the inaugural York Chamber Music Festival, and plans are in hand to partner with a major national film festival later in the year.
The official ceremony is to be performed by Tony and Julie De Nunzio. Julie De Nunzio said:
Our son Edward died tragically in an accident in February 2011. We set up the Ed DeNunzio Trust to help young people in the York area to achieve their full potential and have supported numerous local charities in York. We also wanted to create an everlasting memory of Ed at Bootham, a school he loved. We hope the new Arts Centre and the Ed DeNunzio Art School will inspire and encourage the artistic talents of generations of Bootham pupils
The Ed DeNunzio Trust aims to work with charities and voluntary organisations in York and the surrounding areas to help young people reach their full potential academically and socially. Grants are available to offer opportunities in personal development, in education and for special care. The Trust had supported over 10 organisations ranging from SASH (which prevents youth homelessness), The Island (which mentors vulnerable 8-13 year olds) and Atlas (which supports young people with drug and alcohol issues). Full details of the Trust are available at www.eddenunziocharitabletrust.btck.co.uk
John Squires, the lead architect on the Bootham Arts Centre, said:
The school wanted us to develop a design that complements the scale and quality of the adjoining ‘brutalist concrete’ Assembly Hall, a bold statement of architecture from the 1960s, whilst introducing a new vision that responds to the demands of sustainable development. Our design aims to provide a vibrant, lively and creative space that will draw people in and encourage them to stay. Sensitive and respectful to its surroundings; this isn’t a grand commercial statement, but something more refined. Wherever possible, we’ve retained and embedded the existing building into the new structure as this reflects Bootham’s commitment to retain, re-use and refurbish; the evolution of the buildings is gradual and sensitive. I hope there’s a feeling of openness; we’ve framed the view of the Minster on the first floor and created an open gallery between the ground and first floors that should produce a lively, creative, flow of people. This is a space where people can share and collaborate.
Jonathan Taylor, Bootham’s Headmaster, concluded by saying:
The Arts Centre not only provides the very best facilities for our artists, musicians and performers, but it is the centrepiece in a jigsaw of on-going development of both the campus and the widening scope of our educational offering.