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University of Sussex opens new creative space

Published: Monday, 10 August 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The University of Sussex has unveiled its new multi-million pound creative arts development, dedicating the building to former chancellor Lord Richard Attenborough.

The Grade II listed building, which underwent extensive renovation, will be called the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts.

It will provide an area for exhibitions and performance at the university, providing an updated environment for students and alumni to showcase their skills.

Lord Attenborough served as chancellor at the institution for ten years before passing away five days short of his 91st birthday in August 2014.

The actor and filmmaker was tremendously popular in the role, and the university is hoping that he can act as an inspiration for students and staff of the future.

Paying tribute to Lord Attenborough, vice chancellor Professor Michael Farthing said that the University of Sussex was “so proud” to have been a part of remarkable life.

“We will remember him for his vitality and commitment in supporting the university, for his unshakeable belief in the value of education, and for his immense warmth and kindness,” he said.

The new refurbished building is looking to further enhance the legacy of Lord Attenborough, providing a creative hub for both the university and the wider arts community.

Professor Farthing added that the investment in the building highlights the commitment that the university has towards providing facilities that can be benefit students.

The university has also said it wants to encourage some of Lord Attenborough’s views, including his liberal values, empowerment, and passion for humanities shown via media, film and other performances.

Among the facilities included in the renovated building is a 350-seat auditorium, as well extensive gallery and display areas for exhibits.

Break-out zones, rehearsal studios and a new café and bar area will look to meet the needs of those taking part in the various arts courses offered at the university. 

The building has a rich history dating back 50 years, and world-renowned performers including Sir Ian McKellen, Jack Dee and Lee Evans have all taken to the stage there.

Grad Plus has a number of graduate schemes available for those looking for creative or artistic roles 

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