New £2.3m art centre opened at West Notts

West Notts College, Derby Road, Mansfield
West Notts College, Derby Road, Mansfield

A new £2.3m visual arts and design centre has opened at West Notts College’s Derby Road campus in Mansfield.

The college has transformed a former workshop building into a contemporary two-storey hub boasting state-of-the-art studios and workshops, modern teaching space, and exhibition areas.

It represents the final stage in the college’s £40 million investment programme to upgrade its estate across Mansfield and Ashfield.

Steve McAlone, head of creative industries and digital technologies, said: “This fantastic facility signals the next stage in the development of our art and design curriculum.

“It offers vibrant and exciting opportunities to study a range of creative arts programmes in a purpose-designed building with up-to-date facilities, equipment and resources.

“Furthermore, it brings together all of the curriculum in the School of Creative Industries and Digital Technologies, which further enhances opportunities for learners to work in new and innovative ways across a range of art forms.”

Dame Asha Khemka, principal and chief executive, said: “I am immensely proud to see this centre come to fruition. The building has a real energy and buzz, and it’s great to see students working hard and enjoying their studies in this modern, 21st century learning environment.

The centre boasts a range of studios for art, textiles, fashion, design and manufacture, screen-printing and graphic design; workshops for 3D, woodwork, metalwork and ceramics, plus a photography studio, darkroom and digital suite.