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Ivy Arts Centre

"The Ivy Arts Centre highlights the University’s initiative in investing in and strengthening the performing arts and will be integral to the University’s strategic aim to develop the areas of music, dance, theatre and film here at Surrey. We are delighted that the Centre will enhance our links to the local community and region, whilst supporting growth in our Arts programmes. We hope that the Centre will come to be recognised as a national and international centre of excellence where the work of our talented students and staff will gain proper recognition."

Professor Christopher M. Snowden
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive

The latest exciting addition to the University of Surrey campus is the new £4.5m Ivy Arts Centre, a modern and flexible performing arts facility. Created primarily for the University’s Department of Dance, Film and Theatre and the Guildford School of Acting (GSA), the Centre will also provide opportunities for music performances and new cross-disciplinary innovation.


  • 200 Seat Theatre includes: balconies, lighting gantries, scenery lifting equipment and latest lighting and sound/audio-visual technology
  • Studios
  • Workshops
  • Dressing rooms
  • Large wardrobe store
  • Costume making room and laundry
  • Box office
  • Foyer and Bar
  • Separate stage door

Opening Ceremony

The Ivy Arts Centre was officially opened on Thursday 16th June 2011 by His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent. To celebrate, a number of performances and installations were displayed in the form of a journey leading to a show in the auditorium.

The Journey was installation and exhibition based, all dedicated to the subdivisions of the arts world. They included a darkened room filled with interactive and creative music technology; a ballet dance on the stairs accompanied by solo violin; brilliant exhibitions showing photography, sculpture and paintings and outbursts of Shakespeare from Guildford School of Acting students.

The Show followed the journey and was just as varied. It featured African Dance by second year Dance students, live music performances, three short films and performances by Theatre students and the Guildford School of Acting.

The opening ceremony was a great success and a fitting opening to this excellent new arts facility on the University’s Stag Hill Campus.

Students' Union Arts Societies

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