School opens new multimedia gallery

NILABE111202c1, Ilkeston school King george Ave, gallery previes with MPJessica Lee, seen with 6th form students Rosana Bowman and Sophie Scott.

NILABE111202c1, Ilkeston school King george Ave, gallery previes with MPJessica Lee, seen with 6th form students Rosana Bowman and Sophie Scott.

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AFTER six years of fundraising, a multimedia gallery at an Ilkeston school for the use of the whole community has finally opened.

The £30,000 King George Gallery at Ormiston Ilkeston Academy – formerly Ilkeston School – was officially opened by former student and top vascular surgeon in the UK Prof Roger Greenhalgh on Monday.

After the ribbon-cutting, new principal Tracey Dundas, chair of governors Peter Bishop and special guests, including Erewash councillor Mike Wallis, spoke about the importance of the new gallery for students and the community.

Arts co-ordinator Kate Le Prevost, who compered the event, has championed the project for the last six years.

She said: “I feel absolutely ecstatic that we have got to this stage. It’s been a labour of love for everybody concerned.

“All of the students and staff, both present and past have put so much effort in.”

The Grade-II listed gallery, which houses the latest technology, including iPads, Apple Macs, sound systems and HD filming equipment, was due to open earlier this year but faced setbacks.

Erewash MP Jessica Lee had a preview of the gallery last week where she saw the gallery’s first exhibition which shows a selection of works from the Ilkeston Partnership Sixth Form Centre.

To enquire about using the King George Gallery, which is open to the public on Tuesdays from 5pm to 6.30pm, call the school on 0115 932 3724.