Our Heritage Open Day

13 September 2016

Continuing with our 170th year anniversary celebrations, on Saturday 10th September we hosted our first Heritage Open Day at our Vernon Street building to mark the country's largest heritage festival Heritage Open Days 2016.

It was fantastic to welcome so many new and old faces to the College for a day of guided tours of the building, printmaking tasters, photography darkroom demonstrations, and children’s art workshops.

The day was a busy one with lots of happy faces.

Here’s some of the images from the day

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All images by Ian Hinchliffe

The College is one of the few remaining independent art schools in the UK, celebrating its 170th anniversary this year.

Founded in 1846 as the Leeds Government School of Art and Design, Leeds College of Art has contributed significantly to the development of art education in Britain and across the world. Today, Leeds College of Art remains one of only a few remaining independent art schools in the UK, leading the way as a centre for art and design education. The College has an impressive history of notable past students, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth were students in the post war era, enrolling in 1919 and 1920. In later years Damien Hirst, Marcus Harvey, Eric Bainbridge, Clio Barnard and Georgina Starr all studied at the College, known then as the Jacob Kramer College. The College’s recent graduates continue to win prestigious international awards year on year and enjoy successful careers in the creative industries.