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Masterclass with renowned printmaker Ali Yanya comes to KCC

A printmaking course with renowned printmaker Ali Yanya will be starting next month at Kensington and Chelsea College

The two day course at our Chelsea Centre will introduce alternative techniques in Mezzotint along with live demonstrations from Ali.  

Students will be able to use drawings and photographs to develop a suitable image to be transferred onto a pre-rocked copper plate. 

During the course students will also be able to use the mezzotint rocker, burnisher and scraper. 

No previous experience is needed. To enrol click here.

Course information:

Dates: 19 – 20 February 2019
Times: Tue & Wed 10:00am – 4pm
Campus: Chelsea Centre in the Carlyle Building
Full Fee: £185

Photo Credit by: Bruce Tanner

About Ali Yanya:

Born in Istanbul, Ali took a fine arts degree at Marmara University and went on to teach at Mimar Sinan University for two years. Conceiving an ambition to master the art of printmaking he won a Turkish government overseas study scholarship and secured a place at the RCA where he gained an MA with Distinction (his talent being singled out by Peter Blake) and returned to lecture at Mimar Sinan Universit

Community police inspired by glass art project

Constables Wall (left) and Smith (right) during the creation of their ‘Thin Blue Line’ pieces.

In the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy, Kensington & Chelsea College’s glass department ran a course for local residents with The Curve community centre, aimed at helping people connect and communicate through artistic creation.

The course recently concluded with an exhibition of the students’ work.  The project inspired Community Liaison Police Constables Charlotte Wall and Alicia Smith, who then spent a day with tutor Dawn James and students in the College’s Glass Studio this week.

They created their own artwork, representing the concept of the Police as a ‘thin blue line’.

Constable Wall said: “During the project we saw how working with glass and learning new creative skills was helping the group to express themselves and form new bonds in the community.

Wall and Smith with Dawn a Glass tutor at KCC

With a new public police office opening nearby in the next few weeks, we wanted to show our appreciation of the project by creating this piece with Dawn and the students.”


It’s in the jeans: Denim exhibition from fashion students

Fashion students at Kensington and Chelsea College showcased their work at the denim exhibition last month.

The students were asked to create garments that were influenced by a decade. Within the project students produced design boards, textiles samples and illustrations before generating new three-dimensional ideas.

The exhibition showcased work from students in their first year of their UAL Extended Diploma course and for many of the students this was the first time they have seen their work on display.

Caroline, a fashion tutor at KCC, said: “The students have to choose an era to combine with denim. They have to research that era and produce lots of sketchbook and experimental work. The project is around 4 weeks.

It is really lovely to see their work up, all finished. They have all produced something really beautiful and interesting. I can see the trajectory where they are all gradually getting better and better.”

One student, Markos Tranakas, said: “I am very satisfied with myself seeing my work in the exhibition because I feel I have progressed a lot since secondary school. I am very happy to be showcasing something which is mine.”

Lummi Morato Ramos, who also studies fashion at KCC, said: “I feel proud seeing my piece as I know how much work I put into it. I can always do better, but for my first piece of work, I’m really glad that I had a chance to do it.”




Kensington and Chelsea College showcases ‘Jupiter’ exhibition

Fine Art and Photography at Kensington & Chelsea College perfectly binds modern and contemporary themes in an innovative and stimulating way.

Lead by tutors, students and alumni from Kensington and Chelsea College, the much-anticipated Fine Art and Photography exhibition ’Jupiter’ showcased at the College in December. It displayed a wide variety of artwork consisting of sculptures, paintings and photographs, where every artist inspired in their own way.

Students on Fine art courses are encouraged to be independent, experimental, open up without boundaries and are given opportunities to move forward in life and education, in which their tutors are agents that help them to do so.

“It was wonderful to see this inspirational show of work by our Fine Art and Photography staff,’ said Matthew Kolakowski, Curriculum Manager for Fine Art and Photography. ‘It demonstrates a profound commitment to maintaining their standing as exemplars of professional practice.’


Ali Yanya, one of the tutors and exhibiting artists, showcased three observational paintings at the exhibition. Inspiration for his pieces came from witnessing the practices of ordinary life and interpreting its deeper meaning.

His piece titled ‘Traders’ takes a scene from a market of a group of men, with one in particular holding a magnifying class. He interpreted it as the financial market, and the man holding the magnifying glass as a metaphor for people who control the whole process.

Another of Ali’s paintings called ‘White Paper’ was formed from a concept, referring to the power of white paper as it relates to information and technology which can usually be seen on white paper and the power that it has over individuals and society as a whole.

‘White Paper’

Some of the artists also used unique and luxury materials to create their art. Stuart Denyer created his paintings on handmade paper, made in India and imported from Pakistan after being dried in the sun. After the success of the exhibition, there are plans to run it again in March 18th – 21st 2019.

21 Artists showcased at the Jupiter exhibition: Sue Andreae, Jane Eyton, Justin Hibbs, Sara Knowland, Angela Mackay, Greg Rook, Rachel Wilson, Bernadette Yates, Stuart Denyer, Gillian Fielden, Claire Hynds, Matthew Kolakowski, Martin Masterson, Elspeth Ross, Erika Winstone, Manon Droz, Paul Gildea, Rishi Jogoo, Daniela Rizzi, Niki Sianni, Ali Yanya.


Kensington and Chelsea College well above average for learner satisfaction in England

In a recent national government survey, Kensington and Chelsea College scored well above the national average for learner satisfaction, improving their score by 2.8 per cent on the previous year.

The survey captures learners’ experiences of their college or training organisation through a series of questions.

Stuart Barlow, Vice Principal of Curriculum & Quality at Kensington and Chelsea College said “We’re delighted that our College ranked highly in this year’s Learner Satisfaction survey. We are committed to the success of each of our learners and provide them with a wide support network throughout their time with us.”

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• Sale of College’s Wornington Road site in 2016 ‘plainly wrong’ and not in the interests of its local community
• Sale process characterised by management failings and poor governance
• Negotiations with Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea underway to determine how the Wornington Road site should serve its local community into the long term
• College sets out ‘complete break with the past’ and ‘relentless focus’ on serving the needs of its communities, students and staff in Kensington and Chelsea

Kensington and Chelsea College today publishes an independent review by the investigative consultancy Kroll into the July 2016 sale of the College’s Wornington Road site to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC).
The report catalogues a failure of management and governance in several areas including:
– lack of consultation with the local community in the period before the sale;
– failure to consider and evaluate alternatives to a sale to RBKC (for example, potential proposals from private developers);
– shortcomings in determining the final sale price of the Wornington Road site; and
– ‘excluding’ of College student and staff governors before the final decision to sell the College to RBKC.
Kensington and Chelsea College Interim Chair Ian Valvona said:

“The sale of the College’s Wornington Road site to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea was plainly the wrong thing to do – even when you consider the College’s very difficult financial situation in 2016.
Today the College apologises for that sale and I want to recognise the role of the local community and the Save Wornington College Campaign for helping to ensure that the full details of this sale finally saw the light of day.
The College’s core mission is to focus relentlessly on outstanding teaching and learning for our students and meet the needs of our local communities.
Selling the Wornington Road site to RBKC in 2016 was not in the interests of that mission or the College’s local community but the College is now determined to look forward and w
ork with the community, staff and Borough to build a bright future together.”

For immediate release
Kensington and Chelsea College Chief Executive and Principal Andy Cole said:

“The report highlights shameful behaviours of past management in excluding staff, students and the local community from its discussions and decision making over the sale. There has been a complete break with the past across the last year at Executive Leadership as well as Board level and we are in negotiations with RBKC to determine how the Wornington Road site will serve the needs of its communities into the long term.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank staff for their continued professionalism in focusing on raising standards in the college – standards that now firmly position the college as one of the highest performing in the capital.”

Notes to Editors:
1. Kensington and Chelsea College (“KCC”), a further and higher-education college located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in West London, is split into two centres: the Kensington Centre, located at Wornington Road, London, and the Chelsea Centre, located at Hortensia Road, London.
2. On 19 July 2016 KCC sold the Wornington Road building and land freehold to RBKC on a sale and three-year leaseback agreement. Under this sale and leaseback agreement, RBKC agreed that KCC could lease the Wornington Road site from the Council for three years following the sale at an annual rent of GBP 1,100,000. The headline value of the transaction was GBP 28,650,000, from which GBP 3,300,000 was deducted to take account of the three-year lease agreement. The net cash sale value to KCC was therefore GBP 25,350,000.
3. Ian Valvona has been interim Chair of KCC since 9 July 2018. Andy Cole has been Chief Executive and Principal since 24 February 2018. Biographies of all of KCC’s governors can be found here – 9 new since October 2017 and 1 re-elected October 2018.
4. KCC engaged Kroll in May 2018 to undertake an independent review in order to provide a clear and accurate account of the sale and leaseback of the Wornington Road building. Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps, is a leading global provider of risk solutions. For more than 45 years, Kroll has helped clients make independent risk management decisions about people, assets, operations and security through a wide range of investigations, cyber security, due diligence and compliance, physical and operational security, and data and information management services. For more information, visit
5. Media Enquiries can be directed to the Kensington and Chelsea marketing team at or 020 7573 1321.

Grenfell documentary by KCC students accepted into London film festival

Armstrong Nkosi and Kevin Kimbenga are celebrating the success of their film ‘The Eyes of Grenfell’ which has been accepted into the Portobello Film & Arts Festival 2018. The documentary demonstrates community feeling the tragic Grenfell fire that occurred, on its first anniversary.

Armstrong said: “This is unexpected and the perfect surprise to mark a year of great study at Kensington and Chelsea College”. Kevin further said: “I’m surprised as I didn’t expect this at all, but I’m very excited that our film will be shown to the general public”.

Armstrong and Kevin noticed that most people in the community knew someone who died in the Grenfell Fire. As they both resided outside of the borough, they wondered what it was like to be in the community’s shoes, which lead them to the creation of their film.

Their lecturer Paul Hall who entered their film into the Festival, said “I am really proud of what Armstrong and Kevin have achieved with their film. They have captured the emotional feeling of a community in mourning one year after the Grenfell Tower fire. The Portobello Film Festival, I believe, will be the first step of their successful filmmaking careers.”

Armstrong who studied Level 3 Media Production and Kevin, Level 3 Graphic Design will both be continuing their studies in Media and Graphics at university.

Their film ‘The Eyes of Grenfell’ will be shown at 7pm on Thursday 13 September at Westbank, 3-5 Thorpe Close, London W10 5XL.

GCSE pass rates are excellent for KCC

Students at Kensington and Chelsea College (KCC) celebrated some of the highest GCSE retake grades in London. Overall pass rates at KCC were 98 per cent for GCSE English and GCSE Maths.

Students who achieved a high level pass rate (9-4) were 54 per cent and 38 per cent for GCSE English and Maths retrospectively.

Health and Social Care student, Samira, said: “GCSE English was very hard at the beginning, but I attended every single class, even when I was ill. They say if you don’t study, you don’t achieve.

I got a Grade 5 or B equivalent, and a distinction for verbal presentation. I feel so overwhelmed with my results.

This year, I’ll be starting Health and Social Care Level 3 at Kensington and Chelsea College.”

Andy Cole, CEO and Principal at the College, said: “I am thrilled with the fantastic pass rates. Both staff and learners worked exceptionally hard and I wholeheartedly congratulate them on their success.”

Create your story at Kensington and Chelsea College

For students who may not have achieved the grades they were expecting, the College is able to offer an instant helping hand via a series of specialist Enrolment Days, which run until 31 August 2018.

Held across both Kensington and Chelsea centres, the Days will allow prospective students to receive advice and information on what to do next and apply.

Student Voice ranks College as Top of the Pops

Kensington and Chelsea College (KCC) has been named top college for HE (Higher Education) learners in the UK on student satisfaction as voted in the National Student Survey 2018.

Only two London colleges made it to the top 100, with KCC pipping the other college to the top by 2%. With a score of 94%, the College is number one in London for FE (Further Education) colleges delivering HE.

Furthermore, only seven universities featured in the top 100 out of 400 providers, with KCC beating competition from some of the most respected universities in the country, including Oxford and Cambridge.

KCC is in the top 10%, ranking 39 out of 380 colleges across England. The survey captures views of over 320,000 students.

The College boasts a great HE provision, which offers a diverse range of courses taught by industry experts with strong student support.

Andy Cole, Principal of Kensington and Chelsea College, said: “We are thrilled to have had such a positive result in this key survey. It is an incredible achievement and testament to the hard work of our staff and students alike. We are proud of our HE offer and continue to strive towards excellence across the College.”

Fashion Students selected for Origins Festival

Fashion Students selected for Origins Festival

Students at Kensington and Chelsea College have been selected from over 340 entries to be a part of an exhibition for their work in Fashion at The Origins Creative Arts Festival.

Fashion students Anibal Hernandez-Palacios Caro and Emili Nyari have had their work selected for the festival. They are studying the Extended Diploma Level 3 Fashion and are in their first year. The large amount of work that will be exhibited in the Extended Diploma category will mostly be from second year students, so this is an amazing achievement.

Furthermore, two Level 1 Fashion students, Arizone Phoenix and Sandrine Ruohonen have been selected to showcase their work. Last year, a student from the College, Kacey Amoo, won an award in the Level 1 category.

This is the 3rd year running that the Fashion Department at the College have been selected to display their work at the exhibition. This year’s exhibition will be at the OXO Tower Wharf in Central London – a venue which boasts stunning views over London.

The festival celebrates the very best of exceptional work by students taking University of Arts (UAL) Awarding Body qualifications.

There were over 340 entries and Elliott Burns, a professional curator, selected the best examples to include in the exhibition.

The exhibition will be at The BargeHouse, OXO Tower Wharf from 2 – 5 August:

  • Friday 3 August, 11am–6pm
  • Saturday 4 August, 11am–6pm
  • Sunday 5 July, 11am–5pm