How to contact the Octagon Centre
For more information, please contact Andrea Hazlehurst, Community Art Teacher on 01454 862113 or at:
The Castle School
Tel: 01454 868485
About the Octagon Centre
The Octagon Visual Arts Centre is based in the Castle School, Thornbury.
It was established as part of the school's successful bid to become a specialist visual arts college, and to be recognised as a centre of excellence for the delivery of the visual arts.
The octagonal facility consists of a teaching space and a gallery that is for school and community use.
Our aim is to bring to Thornbury a selection of exhibitions, which both reflect and enlighten the wider community.
The Gallery at the Octagon Visual Arts Centre is open during exhibitions Monday-Friday, 10am-4.30pm.
Visiting groups should phone ahead.
Adult Art Classes
There are spaces available on the adult art classes run at The Castle School throughout the week.
All classes are run by local artist Shirley Sharp and are offered at an excellent price.
If you would like to find out more about any of the following classes which start again in September please contact either Shirley at or Andrea Hazlehurst, Head of Art at The Castle School at .
Life Drawing Classes - every Monday evening 6-8pm. All abilities are welcome and materials are provided. We have an excellent range of life models to work with. Costs: £30 for 6 sessions
Drawing and painting for all abilities - either Tuesday 10.15am-12.15pm or Thursday 6.30-8.30pm. Costs: £30 for 6 sessions
Octagon Gallery, Thornbury
Art Forms in Nature - a Hayward Touring Exhibition from Southbank Centre, London
The Octagon Gallery is open 9am-5pm on weekdays (entry via reception please) and the exhibition runs from 11th November until 6th December.
For more information please call 01454 862100 or click below.
Art for Offices
Castle School has long had Specialist Status in Visual Arts and over the last few years at The Castle School, photography has become a very popular subject at both GCSE and A Level. The standard, quality and originality of the photographs being produced have resulted in work being exhibited at galleries in Bristol and London, and published in books.
Logo designed by James Cook
The Art for Offices scheme gives local companies the chance to select and exhibit professional photographs taken by students, in their own work space. This could be in a foyer, a reception area, or to brighten up office walls.
The photographs are professionally framed and printed to a high standard and can be hired annually.
If you don't have an office space and would simply like to buy a framed photo, you can.
Not only does this scheme give businesses the chance to exhibit original artwork but it also provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills in selling and marketing their own work.
For more information, call Heather Johnson on 01454 862113 or to browse and select photographs, visit the Art for Offices pages of the school website.