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Fashion students selected to exhibit at Origins Creative Arts Festival in London

fashion Students from Kensington and Chelsea College (KCC) have been selected to exhibit at the Origins Creative Arts Festival in London this month.

Work from KCC students from the UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Fashion and Textiles) will feature in the show which takes place in London 26-28 July.

Anibal Hernandez Palacios Caro’s and Priya Mahey’s work caught the attention of the show’s curators, who received over 360 submissions for the festival.

Level 1 Fashion student, Sabrina Hussein, was also selected to exhibit her work at the Festival entitled Fashion and Architecture.

Origins Creative Arts Festival is organised by the University of Arts London Awarding Body and provides art lovers, critic and industry professionals from the creative sector with the chance to meet original creative talent from 14-18 year olds across the country.

It showcases creative works from fashion, performing arts and music to sculpture, fine art and creative media from the UK’s most talented students in schools and FE institutions taking pre-degree creative arts subjects.

Origins promises a unique first look at these as-yet-unseen future stars of the creative scene. Open to the public and it is expected to attract thousands of visitors over the three days, with the programme including an awards event to select the top work across each subject area, guest speakers, and performance tie-ins with Barbican Box.

Ross Anderson, Director, UAL Awarding Body said:

“Origins Creative Arts Festival offers students the significant opportunity to exhibit their work. It gives them a moment in time where they can experience what it is like to be an arts professional.”

The private view will be taking place on 25 July, 6pm – 9pm at Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QR

All students exhibiting at the Creative Arts Festival will have the chance to win a prize at the event’s private view.

If you are interested in attending this event please e-mail

Notes for editors:

UAL Awarding Body – Qualifications that reward creativity.

UAL Awarding Body believes in transformative education. We design and award creative qualifications that empower and inspire educators to help students reach their potential.

UAL Awarding Body is regulated by Ofqual, CCEA and Qualifications Wales. We currently offer qualifications in art and design, fashion, creative media, music and performing and production arts. We are also the UK’s leading provider of the Diploma in Art & Design – Foundation Studies. Our qualifications have high retention and achievement rates because they are flexible, responsive and relevant to industry needs, and facilitate student progression.

Millinery at Kensington and Chelsea College continues to make moves in the industry

From the classroom to Ascot

Kensington and Chelsea College (KCC) and the luxury watch brand Longines are collaborating to give Millinery students an opportunity to make a bespoke hat which will be featured at Royal Ascot.


Students were briefed about creating a hat for model and friend of the Longines brand, Rosie Tapner, who will attend Ascot as a guest wearing one of the students hat that she selects. She’ll also be presenting for Ascot TV and World Horse Racing which will give great exposure to the successful student.

Rachel Trevor-Morgan, a successful milliner who has been advising on this project said, “I feel that inviting students to create a hat for a specific client to wear at Royal Ascot will give them Millinery experience in the real world and the clients they will have when they graduate.”

The collection of hats will be displayed in the Longines private box at Royal Ascot and posted on Longines social media.

Students’ handiwork displayed in luxury department store FenwickMillinery-courses-london

Millinery students at KCC made a range of summer occasion hats with the Fenwick customer in mind. Angela Basten, a buyer from the Bond Street store chose 9 hats. All of the hats chosen were made by past and present KCC students: Rafael Peinador, Katherine Hearn, Olivia Johnson Hilton, Lily Thompson, Julie Communier and Johanna Wӓstle.

Olivia Johnson Hilton, one of the students involved said, “To get close to these sorts of opportunities in this industry is incredibly tough, so to have this brought to you as a student, it’s a real privilege.”

The hats are on display in store now.

Industry experts highlight work from KCC competition winner

Olivia Johnson Hilton, a HNC Millinery student won the Feltmakers competition. The competition required entrants to Millinery-course-londondesign a hat that could be manufactured in a factory or workroom and suitable for commercial sale.

Olivia’s hat went on to be displayed in an exhibition curated by top milliners in the industry; Rachel Trevor Morgan, Edwina Ibbotson and Noel Stewart.

Former KCC glass student accepted for Masters degree at Royal College of Arts

Adult learner Caroline Reed started studying Glass at Kensington and Chelsea College in 2016, and progressing through to level 3, which she finished in 2018. She has now been accepted to study a Masters in Ceramics and Glass at the RCA, one of the UK’s most prestigious arts institutions.

“I learnt a range of glass making techniques at the College which helped with my application, including, Pâte de verre (a glass technique) which is a technique I particularly enjoy,” said Caroline. “Kensington and Chelsea College has also helped me create a concept and follow it through to the final design and also creating a compelling portfolio.

I am surprised, thrilled and a little nervous at being accepted onto the Masters.”

During her time at the College she was awarded a ‘commended’ by the Contemporary Glass Society for one of her pieces.

Since leaving the College, Caroline has exhibited a piece at the London Glassblowing gallery and has attended a masterclass run by leading glass artist Angela Jarman on casting techniques and working with wax.

After completing the Masters, Caroline wants to have her own studio and exhibit and sell her glass work.

Maria Zulueta, Glass lecturer at the College, said: “‘I am very proud to see Caroline’s progression over the past two years of the accredited glass program at KCC. Her achievement in getting a place to do an MA in Glass at the RCA should remind us all it is never too late to learn new skills.”

Note for editors

London Glassblowing is the UK’s foremost Studio & Gallery for contemporary glass art.

Angela Jarman is a studio glass artist.

Above the ballet school: success at HNC Fine Art mid-year show

Students studying HNC Fine Art at Kensington and Chelsea College organised an interim exhibition showcasing their projects with work from over 17 artists, many of whom were new to fine art. The show included sculptures, paintings, multimedia, tapestry, performance and video art.

Student Rachel Hogg shared some of the inspiration behind her piece which explored the impact humanity have on our natural environment, specifically plastic waste in the ocean. She said “Because of how much plastic waste we are putting into the ocean, sea creatures behaviour and biology is starting to change and I took interesting shapes and patterns found in sea life and different plastic waste and then I started to play around with it and created different show how we’re starting to impact it in a subtle way”

Student Marcus Warry also shared the personal inspiration behind his pieces which were influenced by his trip to Uganda to learn boxing. He said “When I came back, I was still thinking about it a lot and it was impossible not to create art about it. It’s all inspired by a picture that I took from a still of someone filming me sparring in the gym in Uganda. From that photo I did a charcoal drawing then I did a lino print. They were all inspired by that initial photo.”

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.


Notting Hill Academy of Music partners with Kensington and Chelsea College

Notting Hill Academy of Music has partnered with Kensington and Chelsea College to offer a new Level 4 course accredited by RSL called Music Business Entrepreneur, which starts in January 2019. This new partnership has opened avenues to careers in the music industry for the local community.

Kensington and Chelsea Principal and CEO Andy Cole stated “We’re delighted to be involved with these expanding opportunities in the music industry for current and future students.”

Notting Hill Academy of Music is connected to the Relentless record label, responsible for artists such as Tom Walker who is known for his famous song ‘Leave a Light On’. They offer practical courses in A&R, Artist Management and Songwriting, taught by music industry professionals. To find out more visit


Talent of tomorrow: Art graduate selected for London exhibition

Kensington and Chelsea College (KCC) Level 4 Art and Design graduate, Simone Bynoe, was selected by Curator Rosalind Davis for the Rules of Freedom exhibition. Simone is the youngest career artist to be exhibiting, alongside her KCC tutor, Justin Hibbs.

Simone’s painting, Inside Out, Simone Bynoe 2018

Davis said: “These works by Bynoe and Kajombo have been highly regarded in the context of the exhibitions without a consideration (in the best possible way..) of their position as young career artists and is something Collyer Bristow Gallery proudly supports.

I have found the artistic integrity and quality of the work of these artists to be able to sit comfortably amongst leading contemporary art practitioners and I look forward to returning to future foundation exhibitions at KCC to find the talent of tomorrow.”

All works selected for the show haves themes relating to Freedom of Speech, expression and the struggle for political democracy. Simone’s paintings are a physical and emotional embodiment of her response to the Grenfell disaster and the social injustices surrounding the tragedy.

Bynoe grew up in Ladbroke Grove, where she also experienced the tragedy of Grenfell tower, which devastated the whole community. She said: “We lost family, friends and neighbours and all we have now is our memories and the desire to get justice for the victims. The fire has left a huge hole in our community but also brought us together more than ever… the textures in the painting Inside out represent the complex emotions surrounding this incident.”

Exhibition details:

Rules of Freedom Curated by Rosalind Davis
Collyer Bristow Gallery, 4 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4TF
11 October 2018-13 Feb 2019

Participating artists: Juan Bolivar, Carla Busuttil, Simone Bynoe, Paula Chambers, Alice Cunningham, Ana Čvorović, Kazz Douie, Lucas Dupuy, Alastair Gordon, Kirsty Harris, Justin Hibbs, Andrea Jespersen, Evy Jokhova, Peter Kennard, Peter Liversidge, David Lock, Alex March, Megan McLatchie, Vanessa Mitter, Hugh Mendes, Judith Tucker, Toby Ursell, Virginia Verran, Ben Woodeson.


Rules of Freedom is an exhibition in London including painting, photography, multi-disciplinary, sculpture and installation art.

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.



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.

Interior Design students score with Chelsea FC

interior design students work with chelsea fc as part of museum redevelopment 

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.