Oil on canvas
80cm x 60cm
…that I arrived at Bretton Hall college in Yorkshire to train to be a teacher. This is a painting of the mansion there. My first year bedroom was actually in this building.
The college, originally opened after World War II as a visionary arts in education establishment, closed in 2007, after it had become a part of the University of Leeds and all courses moved there. Sadly, this mansion is currently not in use; and many of the other college buildings have been demolished in preparation for its long-planned (and long-overdue) conversion into a luxury hotel.
However, the parkland is open to the public and houses the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which was originally established when the college was still in operation, in 1978.