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Kieron Debruyne, Photography student wins Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Art on Show

Kieron Debruyne - The ShieldThe Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Schools ‘Art on Show’ project celebrates work produced within schools in the borough, and aims to encourage children and young people to pursue and develop their interests and talents in art. 

Keiron Debruyne a Level 3 Photography student won first prize at the Art Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Art on Show Photography Category. Photography / Digital Art Prize. 

So we decided to have a Q&A with Kerion to find out more:

Describe Kensington and Chelsea College in 3 Words?

No corners cut.

Talk me through the exhibition: 

 I’m putting on a piece based on a constructivist point of view of London. I’ve helped the class to create the website and poster and any branding that we’re using across social media. We’re almost there, can’t wait really.

How would you describe your photography style?

My photographic style is quite raw and straight up. I don’t try and hide anything. This is probably because of my liking to portraiture and documentary photography. I find a lot of my strongest pieces are my black and white works.

Key Inspiration behind your work?

The main source of inspiration I’ve had for a long, long time is a UK based photographer called Jack Davison. I love his subject matter, style and aesthetic. He’s been featured in the BJP twice I think.

Favourite photography of all time?

Favourite photography of all time?? That’s such a hard question, seen too many images in only 19 years. I’d say my favourite photograph is probably one of Jack Davison’s documentary shots of two dogs in a field when it’s snowed. When I emailed him about it during a unit for an artist study he mentioned it may have been inspired by the relatively famous image by Kodelka.

Final words on your time at KCC ?

So glad I’m almost there (finally), but it will be sad leaving these great people I’ve met.

Upcoming exhibition

The exhibition is called Luminance and is a collection of some of the work produced this year. It runs alongside the printmaking department and starts on the 7th with a private viewing.

Kieron Debruyne details to see more photo’s


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Interior Design Alumni Final Degree Show

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‘We’re so proud of your success’

Former KCC Interior Design student Rogerio Lusende invited his tutor Alya Rizvi to his final year degree show at London Southbank University on 28 June 2016.

Rogerio, who is one of his year’s top students, says his KCC experience put him on the path to where he is now.

Alya, who is head of interior design, says: “I am so proud of Rogerio’s success and achievements. He is such an inspiration.”

Rogerio said: “I really value the skills, knowledge and experience I gained at KCC. Thank you for the opportunity.”

If you are interested in studying Interior Design and Architecture at University, take a look at our BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Interior Design

Photography Lecturer: Estonia Trip

Bruce Tanner, Kensington and Chelsea College Photography Lecturer was invited to host lessons with Tallinn Polytechnic School based in Estonia.

About Tallinn Polytechnic School

  • Founded in 1915.
  • One of the oldest technical schools in Estonia.
  • More than 1,200 students and about 120 teachers.

Q&A with Bruce Tanner, Kensington and Chelsea College Photography to discuss his experience

“The really useful thing, as a teacher, in exchanges of this kind is learning about how different, and how similar teaching practice across different nations is. Tallinn Polytechnic has similar issues around attendance and punctuality as we do at KCC.” (Bruce Tanner, Lecturer in Photography)

I was invited by the Head of the Media School (Marko Levin) and worked closely with photo tutor Elina Malleus, both of whom visited KCC about a year ago.

The previous visit I made to Estonia was funded from Erasmus+ funding from the EU. This trip was paid for by Tallinn Polytechnic School because they were very impressed by the significant progress that students had made after my previous visit. Much more progress than had been made than with any other visiting lecturer.

KCC and Tallinn Polytechnic are currently involved in an EU bid for a project around photography teaching across a range of Baltic countries plus Spain and the Netherlands.

Day to day structure

The teaching week started with a presentation of my work, plus presentations from the students of their own work combined with feedback from me. They were set a project that they needed to complete overnight (at this time of the year in the Baltic sunset is around 10:30pm, so easy to complete in daylight).

Day 2 was feedback on the first project followed by a second project on street photography in Tallinn itself. Street photography is not big in Estonia, so this was new to all the students. They then did a second overnight project. I researched some locations for day 3.

Day 3 was a location fashion shoot in an area of disused housing which had been the subject of arson attacks. Students had never been there even though it was a district of Tallinn because the neighbourhood was challenging. I worked with them on using narrative within fashion.

Day 4 the group were combined with a large group of students from Portugal for a landscape shoot in a marshland area some distance from Tallinn.

Day 5, I gave a public masterclass on abstraction in street photography and students from this group (practicing photographers) then took pictures in the city which were reviewed later in the day. At the same time I did tutorials with the group I had been working with all week.

“Students were so excited about your visit and they said that the best thing was that your assignments were really interesting and you also gave them honest criticism about their work. So thank you for being here :)” (Elina Malleus, Tallinn Polytechnic School)




Teacher Training: Route into teaching

There are a number of avenues that can lead to a role in teaching in England.

To become a qualified teacher in state maintained schools across England and Wales you need to have qualified teacher status (QTS). This is gained through training known as Initial Teacher Training (ITT). Entry onto ITT is generally competitive but less so for shortage subjects.

Choosing a teacher training pathway:

Get as much work experience in schools as you can to help you decide and support your application. If you’re not sure which age or subject would suit you best, contact schools in your area and ask to observe in a classroom. You should also speak to the teaching staff about the challenges and rewards of teaching.

Ways to nail your trainee teacher:

  • Get your paperwork together
  • Apply for jobs
  • Remember how far you have come

Join our Teacher Teaching courses now so that we can guide on your next step.

Yesterday’s News: Sophie Fauchier

Yesterday’s News, brings together the work of three photographers, documenting three major disasters across thirty years: Chernobyl, Bosnia and Nepal.

Despite detailing three very different tragedies, all the work shares an interest in examining how people live in the wake of catastrophe.

Sophie Fauchier (Former Kensington and Chelsea College Photography student) is a fine art photographer  specialising in photographic narratives. In Yesterday’s News she documents  her journey  through  the devastation  of the Bosnian  war. Her work captures  the scars left on the earth, in the remnants of a forgotten war -­‐   and a place that was once headline news. In dialogue with survivors she has created images that serve as artefacts of human suffering.

Featured Work:

* MuSA International Art Space has recently selected her photography for their new publication project: ‘Woman’s Essence’.  Her work in Yesterday’s News stems from a commission to document the work achieved by Miracles Centre for Prosthesis and Care a small NGO based in Mostar. 

For more information

On  Wednesday  8th  June,  a  panel  of  experts,  including  Tony  Barber  (Europe  Editor  of  the  Financial  Times, Moscow correspondent  for Reuters news agency at the time of the Chernobyl disaster and war reporter for the  Independent  during  the  Bosnian  war)  and Jane  Corbin  (Journalist  and  Filmmaker  for  the  BBC  and Guardian,  amongst  others),  will  join  the  photographers   for  ‘Yesterday’s  News  /  Today’s  Context’,  a discussion of the exhibition’s themes.  

On Saturday 11th June, poet Mario Petrucci, (PhD physicist and winner of the 2002 Arvon/ Daily Telegraph International  Poetry Prize) will give a reading of his award-­‐winning  ‘Heavy Water, a Poem for Chernobyl’. He will be joined by Linda Walker MBE, (founder and chief executive of the Chernobyl  Children’s  Project), to discuss the impact of the disaster.




BTEC National Diploma in Graphic Design ‘Tribes of Athens’ – Music Design for Black Athena Record

Our BTEC Level 3 Diploma Graphics Design students worked in collaboration with Black Athena. A music enterprise based in Athens who are a collective of DJs and musicians who run club nights and produce a Radio program. 

The Brief

Students were asked to design the cover for a compilation album titled ‘Tribes of Athens’ being released in June 2016 this year and would reflect their musical output – mainly hip hop, electronic urban dance music. The compilation will be the first in a series so the design will act as a uniform ‘brand’ for the label so it will be easily identifiable as a Black Athena release. They were also asked to design a poster, flyer and web banner to promote the release and for a live event that would support it.

Black Athena

“The Black Athena philosophy is as much about the local as it is about the global. In an underground music field that increasingly is about A&Ring music directly from the internet and creating labels spearheaded by artists already accepted as ‘cool’. “The Black Athena philosophy is as much about the local as it is about the global. In an underground music field that increasingly is about A&Ring music directly from the internet and creating labels spearheaded by artists already accepted as ‘cool’.

“Working with students on the artwork/design of our forthcoming release ‘Tribes of Athens’ has been a real pleasure for us! Their commitment, work ethic and professionalism regarding this project has been fantastic and and we feel that some of the work they have produced, can easily compete with commissioned work in our field.” Black Athena


Competition Winner: Emma

Exhibition Date: 15 April till 15th June

Come and visit the exhibition of work:

3rd Floor Kensington 

Kensington and Chelsea College 
Wornington Road 
W10 5QQ

Photography Alumni Exhibition: Opening

Kensington and Chelsea is celebrating its first photography alumni exhibition. We are extremely proud and greatful for our alumnis participation in this show, and equally of their achievements. 

‘I feel it is important that we acknowledge the achievement of these photography in their careers, I consider this is part of their journey as independent professionals.’  Matthew Kolakowski, Curriculum Manager Fine Art and Photography, The Arts

Pareidolia, Apophenia, Patternicity explores the various degrees of different psychological behaviour. Thus we try to make sense of the world via imposing our interpretation of structure or reason onto our sensory perception. Equally this desire to make sense of the world can lead to siliness such as when we see mother Theresa in a croissant or Jesus in the lid of a marmite jar.

Do come along and see more:

Venue: Kensington and Chelsea College, Hortensia Road,  London, SW10 0QS

Key dates: 

  • Thursday May 5th 2016  (6:30pm – 9:30pm) 
  • Friday May 6th 2016  (10:00am – 5:00pm) 
  • Monday May 9th to Friday May 12th (10:00am – 5:00pm) 
  • Monday May 16th to Thursday May 19th (10:00am – 5:00pm)


Photography Exhibition – Separation and Belonging

Our Photography alumni Gökhan Tanrıöver will be at the Separation and Belonging exhibition.

Separation and Belonging is a group photography exhibition centred on identity as a fluid notion. Photography’s ability to fix its subjects in history has provided the illusion that if we can retain the image of a face or of a place, we also possess a singular truth about them. But identity is an elusive concept, perpetually questioned and reinvented, floating back and forth in time. The conceptual portraiture and landscape imagery in the exhibition tackle precisely this flow of meaning. 

The works of the four emerging artists based in London are concerned with how what appears to be the essence of a person, a culture or a space, as well as the relationships between them, shifts from known to unfamiliar, from new to obsolete and often vice versa.

Joel Fong looks at erosion as a formative process, with new environments being built while old buildings and cultures disintegrate. In the case of Singapore, his native country, the traditional local culture has come to compete with the influx of foreign fashion in the daily life of people. Currently in a transitional stage, many choose to hold onto cultural aspects that coincide with their way of life, allowing the rest of their traditions to fall into decay. 

Gökhan Tanrıöver’s series questions the relationship between individual and landscape. Does the physical space define who and how we are or is our influence on our surroundings more significant? Covered with a plastic sheet, lying in various spaces, the artist represents himself ambiguously as either dead or asleep, transferring the responsibility of the choice to the viewer, while the space too shifts from a scene of a crime to an embracing landscape.

Comprised of projects that investigate the volatility of meaning and articulate identity as a transitive process, Separation and Belonging offers an open-ended experience – the viewer’s reading of photography’s eclectic language plays an active part in the puzzle.

5th Base Gallery – 23 Heneage St, London E1 5LJ

Private View: 5 May 6-9pm

Opening  hours:

6-8 May: 12-8pm
9 May: 12-6pm

For more information:

Youth Travel Ambassadors Initiative

What is YTA (Youth Travel Ambassadors)?

IMG_6799Youth travel ambassadors (YTA) is a youth-led programme for secondary schools, sixth forms & colleges in London which is led by Transport for London (TFL).Young people aged 11-19 can make a difference to the transport issues affecting their school communities.

The Kensington and Chelsea YTA Team meet to discuss travel within the college. This terms theme is active travel, so the college’s YTA team have come up with various ways to promote active travel within the 16-19 year old age group. 

The YTA team plan to make a video and posters for students and staff to promote the various ways of active travel. There are many ways of being active for example walking, running, biking, skateboarding, riding a scooter or getting off the bus/train a stop earlier if you live far and walking the rest of the way.

We are trying to create a new college ethos by getting students and staff involved in being more active, the aim is to get everyone who participates to use the Map My Walk app. This app calculates how much distance you’ve travelled and how many calories you’ve lost during that time. We will then monitor this every Friday by getting the participant to screenshot their evaluation and post it on the college Facebook or twitter page.

The winner will be the person who has been the most active. There are three prizes for 1st place 2nd place & 3rd place. If there is a tie the student council members will decide who will receive the prize, this will be done by putting both participants’ names in a hat and have a draw to insure fairness.

We hope to start holding focus groups to evaluate how many students and staffs is active travelling. At the beginning of these focus groups we will hold a survey asking them a few questions on active travel such as; how much active travels have you done in the past week? We will then show a short film that was made by the YTA team and we ask a few questions about how they feel about being active now.

What happened at Campaign Junction?

Campaign Junction Events are an opportunity for YTAs to gain valuable presentation skills and receive additional support, funding and guidance in order to implement their campaign ideas. On February 11th 2016 there was a campaign junction held for many schools to promote a valuable presentation to TFL as well as other schools. They receive additional support, funding of £250 and guidance in order to implement their campaign ideas.

Inspired by competition

Inspired by the world of Glass

Kensington and Chelsea College are pleased to announce that we have two of our Level 3 certificate students work displayed at Morley Gallery.

They were selected through the Inspired by competition which is an art competition and exhibition supported by the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation.

This competition is aimed for people in adult education. Taking part offers are students the opportunity to  showcase new works inspired by exhibits in the V&A’s collections. 

Interview with our two students from the glass department. 

Competition theme

  • Based on Rhythm
  • Interpretation of colour vulture

How we were able to support the competition participates:

  • ‘KCC has giving us the platform to express ourselves’
  • ‘Provided us the opportunity to get your work seen’
  • ‘self-belief and go for it’

Asked what is next on their adventures

  • ‘independent work, exhibit externally’