The Heseltine Gallery is a beautiful exhibition and working space located in the heart of the Truro School grounds above the original 18th century Chapel. Offering a light and airy space, the Heseltine Gallery provides a uniquely inspirational space from which students can learn and experience original works of art first-hand.
The Heseltine Gallery was built in 2011 and was named after the previous Head of Art, David Heseltine, who was instrumental in building up the schools own art collection. The Gallery attracts a wide-range of local and national artists and often exhibits their work alongside the Truro School Art Collection, which focuses on post-war artistic activity in the county, and showcases the work produced by three main centres of excellence – St Ives, Newlyn and Falmouth. The collection contains work by ex students and established artists alike.
“I selected pieces for their educational, rather than commercial value,” said David Heseltine, who was head of art from 1976 to 2005, and who continues to curate and add to the collection.
“The works are exhibited in the school corridors and offer pupils an alternative way of seeing things. If they don’t encounter good art, they’ll never know how to recognise it. Just like the County Council School Art Collection which has been put together for the benefit of state schools, the Truro School collection is an invaluable teaching aid.”
The gallery itself is a beautiful open, light and airy space above the chapel perfect for shows of paintings, mixed media or sculpture. The gallery is also available for hire for functions, wedding receptions, book launches, private views or meetings. You can have a fully catered function for up to 120 in the gallery and the studio contains an AV system with screen and projector.