Information regarding recent developments at Bader College and Herstmonceux Castle. (20/11/2023)

Recently, we have learned about a number of structural issues at the Castle requiring immediate attention, including repairs needed to the south wall of the building. A structural engineer visited the Castle two weeks ago and confirmed that the situation is more serious than previously understood.
As a result, portions of the Castle have closed to ensure the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty, and out of an abundance of caution, all operations at the Castle have been suspended. Academic programming at Bader College has moved online until the end of the fall term, and students will continue their studies in January at the Kingston, Ontario, campus of Queen’s University in Canada. Bader College staff and professionals from Queen’s University are working very hard to ensure a smooth transition for all involved.
Bader College continues to assess the situation and the full extent of the work needed, but it is clear at this point that repairs to the Castle will take at least 12-18 months. Additionally, a complete survey of other areas of the Castle will be undertaken in late January/early February.
We realise this may be distressing news for many within the local community, and those with close ties to Bader College and the Castle. As much as possible, we will keep you informed about ongoing developments at the Castle.

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Herstmonceux Castle hosts Landscape Artist of the Year 2019

Landscape Artist of the Year 2019 at Herstmonceux Castle

The month is June, British summer time and the rain is pouring down relentlessly. Dozens of talented artists arrive at Herstmonceux Castle as well as The Observatory Science Centre. Easels under one arm, canvas under the other, ready to compete in Sky Arts, Landscape Artist of the Year 2019.

Landscape Artist of the Year 2019 at Herstmonceux Castle

Each episode of the show focuses predominantly on a group of artists who are set up in special pods that are transported to each location. In addition, there are a number of ‘wildcards’; successful applicants from around the local area, all of whom bring a range of styles and experiences to the mix.

Filmed over a couple of days in June, an ‘English summer’ ensured there was a seemingly endless downpour for each of the artists to endure as they all interpreted what they saw in a wide variety of styles. Some even allowed the rain to fall on their canvas and be incorporated into their work.

Landscape Artist of the Year 2019 at Herstmonceux Castle

Despite the adverse weather, the end results were very impressive, and it was a real privilege for the Herstmonceux estate to be such an artistic focal point. In particular, we were very fortunate to be approached by ‘wildcard’ competitor Faye Bridgewater from Brighton who asked if we would be interested in exhibiting her artwork within the castle.

Landscape Artist of the Year 2019 at Herstmonceux Castle

We invited Faye to visit with her painting and Julie Ryan, Enterprise Director for Herstmonceux Castle, decided to showcase it within castle’s Wedding Suite, taking pride of place above the stone fireplace. Here it will remain until it is purchased. If you are interested, please visit Faye’s website to make contact. You can also read the blog post Faye wrote about her experience.

Faye Bridgewater Landscape Artist of the Year 2019 at Herstmonceux Castle

The Herstmonceux estate features in two episodes of the current Landscape Artist of the Year series and both aired recently on Sky Arts. For more information, please follow Herstmonceux Castle’s social media channels.

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