Archive for the ‘Creative Arts’ Category

Student’s Grenfell documentary 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.

Interior Design students score with Chelsea FC

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Interior Design students have been working with Chelsea Football Club on their final projects that focused on the Museum’s redevelopment. 

The ideas will help the redevelopment of Chelsea Football Club’s museum that is opening in September.

Over the past six weeks, students from Interior Design have presented their projects and ideas to Chelsea Football Club.

Level 3 Interior Design students worked with the design consultancy Designwerk on the project. The project focused on one of the rooms in the museum: ‘The Foundation Room’.

‘The Foundation Room’ focuses on the local community. Therefore our students’ ideas focused on engaging visitors with the club’s history, charitable work and the club’s future.

The brief stated that the room should use other elements to engage all ages rather than being technology-led.

Ideas included an area where visitors could share their stories, which included engaging graphics and creative displays concepts.

The students attended an initial briefing at Stamford Bridge and afterwards they started to work on their ideas. Their ideas where then presented to Designwerk.

The final project presentation was held at Chelsea Football Club on Wednesday 13 June.

Saha Saif and Connor Crawford from Designwerk, said: 

“It was good to see the students thinking like designers as they are using the same design processes that we use in the workplace.”

Student gains work experience at design company through project

As a result of the project, Level 3 student, Saffron Lord, won a three-month design internship with Designwerk.

Saffron said:I am excited to work with DesignWerk more. I am looking forward to see what new doors open for me. It is an incredible opportunity to be offered an internship with DesignWerk. Furthermore, this internship will really give me a truly valuable experience within the design industry.”

Alya Rizvi, who is the Curriculum Manager of Design and Multimedia, said: “All our Interior Design and Architecture courses prepare students for higher education and design employment. It is brilliant that not only do our students get into top design universities each year, but our students also gain work placements at top design companies too.”

In addition, the museum will be opening at Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge site on 1st September 2018.

Glass students celebrate awards success

Glassmaking students from Kensington and Chelsea College have had their work selected for the ‘Inspired by the V&A’ Competition.

Three students from the BTEC Certificate in Art and Design Level 3 – Glass, taught at the Kensington site, have been chosen for their outstanding work in glass: Yanna Neame with “In the Light of Fire”; Caroline O’Connor for “Starburst” (pictured), a skilfully articulated stacked fused glass piece; and Janine Greenberg with “Love, Light and Strength”. 

Janine’s piece has been confirmed as the winner of the Glass and Stained Glass category. Yanna, Caroline and Janine’s work will be exhibited from 11-26 May at the Morley Gallery.

Yanna commented: “Glass is a very special material and I fell in love with it instantly during a short course. Kensington and Chelsea College offered me the opportunity to explore it further through a structured, in-depth course, BTEC level 2 & 3 in Glass. The College offers a great atmosphere, and you are encouraged to explore and fully enjoy your chosen medium.  The teaching is excellent and the facilities are great. I have learned many techniques and my continuous experimentation has happily led to my work being selected for the V&A exhibition. I am very excited for the times ahead and I am looking forward to more playing and producing some more fun work!”

Note to editors: Inspired by V&A is a national art competition for those studying adult education that asks entrants to draw on the renowned V&A collections for inspiration to create new work. 

King’s Road show is NOW for HND Fine Art students

Students from the HND Fine Art course at Kensington & Chelsea College will be taking over 508 Kings Road Art Gallery in Chelsea to present their end-of-year show to art lovers from across the capital. Featuring a range of work including painting, sculpture, textiles and photography, the exhibition promises an exciting glimpse into the artistic practices of these emerging artists as they complete the equivalent of their second year of a BA degree.

From Sophia Wallace Dunlop’s gangland paintings evoking drama and the exoticism of Nikki Davies’ oriental themed collage to Marilyn Moses Obah’s textile pieces of stars and the universe, Agnieszka Stachowska’s portraits exploring the plight of the homeless, Felix Storey’s dynamic digital abstracted canvases and Mark Buchannan’s crafted ready-mades, there is something for all to see.

There will be a seminar on the last day of the show, Saturday 2 June, from 2-4pm, when visitors will have the chance to join in a discussion of the artists’ work.

The exhibiting artists are: Mark Buchanan, Nikki Davies, Marilyn Moses Obah, Agnieszka Stachowska, Felix Storey and H S Wallace Dunlop.  Course director Jane Eyton says: “The students have worked hard this year and have shown real progression, independence and achievement in their ideas, materials and promotion of their creative practice. Come and support them at the 508 Gallery to see their new work.”

DETAILS OF THE SHOW:
Private View: 6-9pm, 29 May 2018
Exhibition runs: 30 May – 2 June 2018   Artists talk/Seminar: 2-4pm, 2 June 2018
Place: 508 Kings Road Art Gallery, Kings Road, London SW10 0LD

Note to editors:  The NOW artists are studying HND Fine Art at Kensington & Chelsea College, the equivalent of the second year of a BA (Hons) degree. They progressed to this from HNC Fine Art. The college also runs a third year on their HE programme, Fine Art BA (Hons) top-up, validated by University of East London.

College artist in residence Luca Bosani: Performing the Unknown

Visitors to Kensington and Chelsea College in May are invited “to enter a boutique where the mannequins are alive” and to share Cristiano Ronaldo’s greatest moment of anguish.  The experience is part of a new exhibition, Performing the Unknown, by the College’s artist in residence, Luca Bosani.  The exhibition takes place at the Chelsea Centre on 3-4 and 7-11 May, with a private view including a live performance on the evening of Thursday 3 May.

Luca studied in Milan and London, including the HNC Fine Art at Kensington and Chelsea College and the MA Performance (Contemporary Art Practice) at the Royal College of Art.  He has performed in the UK, Poland, France, Italy and Sweden, but this is his first UK solo show. Performing the Unknown will feature Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam (c.1508-12), where the hands of both Adam and God have been reinterpreted. There is also a collaboration between Bosani and visual artist Alice Blackstock: a knitted jumper displaying the crying eyes and anguished face of Cristiano Ronaldo, recalling his injury in the final of Euro 2016.  As Thomas Ellmer, a professional curator, comments:

“At the point of Ronaldo’s catastrophe, a moth landed on the star’s weeping eye.  Bosani uses the moth to symbolise the precarious nature of immortal stature, having its own point of destruction. The moth has been recreated as a brooch and will share its time between each performer as they move through space, enacting an example of labour.”

In addition to the exhibition, there is a special seminar on Wed 9 May (5.30-7.30pm) in which Thomas Ellmer will read a text about the exhibition.

PERFORMING THE UNKNOWN
Kensington and Chelsea College, Hortensia Road, London SW10 0QS
3 – 11 May 2018, 10am-5pm; (closed 5 and 6 May)
3 May: Private view 6-9pm, with a live performance 7.30-8pm

 

College hosts mixed media exhibition by Stoll veterans: “Recovery”

Fourteen ex-Service men and women will be using the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture and photography to explore themes of “Recovery” in a special exhibition at Kensington and Chelsea College’s Hortensia Road gallery this week.

The artists, all tenants and beneficiaries of Stoll, come from a range of backgrounds and have served in some of the most dangerous conflicts of recent times. Their experiences have affected them profoundly. Derek was one of the first of the occupation forces to enter Belsen towards the end of World War II, while Mac’s time in the Royal Highland Fusiliers included tours of Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Iraq. 

Art has played a crucial role in the artists’ post-Services lives. Ian served in the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment and did several operational tours. On leaving the army in 2010, Ian had a hard time adjusting to civilian life. After being housed by Stoll and seeking help from other veteran agencies, Ian began to explore art.  Ian likes to draw and paint birds as they represent peace to him and he particularly enjoys sketching the detail on them. He says: “I do this in my home. I hope my future will stay bright – as long as I can paint then I know my spirit is still within me.”

Matthew Kolakowski, the College’s Curriculum Manager for Fine Art and Photography, commented:

“These artists have shown exceptional bravery, not only in terms of serving their country, but in sharing their experiences, reflections and emotions through this exhibition. Their work will resonate for anyone who sees it and the College is honoured to host this exhibition.  The artists have also kindly agreed to speak with our students at a seminar, which promises to be a special occasion for all concerned.”

Recovery takes place in the Hortensia Gallery, Kensington and Chelsea College, Hortensia Road, London SW10 0QS, from Tuesday 13 March – Thursday 22 March (10am-5pm). A Private View is on Thursday 15 March (6pm-8pm). 
                              
 
Stoll (charity no. 207939) is the leading provider of supported housing to vulnerable Veterans. Stoll provides a unique combination of housing, health and wellbeing support to vulnerable and disabled ex-Service men and women. Stoll has over 150 properties at Stoll Mansions on the Fulham Road.

Kensington and Chelsea College runs an exciting and well-regarded range of creative arts courses at its Kensington and Chelsea centres, from short courses to HNDs and BA top-up degrees, encompassing fine art, photography, design, pottery, glassmaking and jewellery.

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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

Interpreting The Guardian

Helen Haile is currently a second year photography student at Kensington and Chelsea College.

Helen’s pictures of a Priest at a local alternative church were on display as part of a photography exhibition held at The College’s Chelsea centre as part of London’s Nour Festival.

The subject of the exhibition was ‘Guardians’, and Helen chose to photograph a priest because she felt that they act as guardians of the community.

Helen, originally from Eritrea, said, ‘both my grandfathers were priests, and back home the priest plays an important part in village life. They are regarded as someone who you can go to to discuss your problems and help solve them.

Michael Clarke is a deaf student studying photography at Kensington and Chelsea College.

For the Guardian’s project, Michael photographed hand sign, all of which can be interpreted as the word ‘guardian’.

Kensington and Chelsea offer photography courses at their Chelsea centre, visit KCC.ac.uk for more information.

Japanese students visit Kensington and Chelsea College

Kensington and Chelsea College’s Hairdressing Department was joined by international guests from the Habia Hair and Beauty Salon in Japan for an exciting day of demonstrations and workshops.

The all-day event took place at the College’s Kensington Centre on Tuesday October 14.

As part of the day, the Colleges’ Hairdressing and Media Make-up students alongside Habia Japan students were treated to a number of demonstrations including ‘Fashion Hair Up’ by Creative Director and Salon owner Vas Karpetas and Cut &Style by International Educator Sarah Sullivan.

Students were also able to test their skills with live workshops in the College’s state-of-the-art hairdressing salons and theatre.

Industry experts on the day included Sarah Sullivan – a top UK stylist and International educator with over 20 years’ experience; and Vas Karpetas, owner of Billy & Bo Salon in London who has worked all over the world on editorials, catwalk work and celebrities have included Madonna and supermodel Kate Moss.

It is a privilege to be part of an international organisation that continues to grow and strengthen under the guidance of Justin Tellus. As the Director and General Manager of SF Learning, we would like to say a warm thank you for making this event possible. Our celebrity stylists and experts are ambassadors to the industry which has truly inspired our learners. Our students were attentive and full of questions.

Language was definitely not a barrier during the demos and hands-on workshops. The energy felt in the salons and theatre, resulted in some outstanding and skillful work being produced under the careful guidance of our hairdressing educators. We eagerly await the next event in November.Hair & Beauty Course Tutor
Curriculum Manager

Kensington and Chelsea College’s Hair and Beauty Department is staffed by tutors who are industry experts and/or working as hairdressers and stylists themselves. The department operates a fully functioning commercial salon at the College’s Kensington Centre, which also acts as a professional training base for students, allowing them to perfect their skills on real paying clients.

Interested in the College’s Hair and Beauty courses? Find out what the College has to offer by visiting http://www.kcc.ac.uk/courses/creative-arts/hairdressing/

 

MP visits Kensington and Chelsea College Open Day

Lady Victoria Borwick, Conservative MP for Kensington made a special trip to Kensington and Chelsea College to meet some of its students ahead of the College’s Open Day.

Lady Victoria visited students and staff at the College’s Kensington Centre on Tuesday October 14th and visited a number of live classes.

As part of her morning visit Lady Victoria was given a private tour of the College’s facilities and had the pleasure of speaking to our Access to Humanities and Interior Design Students about their experience and future aspirations at the College.

When asked about their experience at the College, one student from the College’s Access to Humanities – African & Caribbean Studies class said:

I have to say it’s really the teachers at this College that makes learning so fulfilling. They not only put in class hours but additional after College hours to support us in our learning experience.

The 60 minute visit was led by the College Principal and members of the College’s executive team and governing body, and was joined by Councillor Robert Freeman, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Lady Borwick, MP, said:

It was a pleasure to meet the students and staff of Kensington College and to find out about the courses on offer. I wish everyone there all the best with their studies.