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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
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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.

 

Fashion Students Launch Film About Savile Row

It was a sensational evening for Kensington and Chelsea College’s fashion students as they launched the anticipated documentary film ‘Tailored Stories’ at the internationally renowned London College of Fashion.

Students from the College’s UAL Fashion Diploma course and London College of Fashion teamed up with arts and education charity digital-works to explore the history of tailoring in the Savile Row area in London’s West End. With support from the Museum of London the students undertook research and went on to interview 25 people working in various aspects of the trade.

This project celebrates the history and skills of the men and women in the industry with candid stories of pride and hardship, working conditions, conflict and camaraderie and brushes with the famous and powerful. Most of all, this project puts those who have made the area synonomous with the highest quality craftsmanship at the centre of this history.

The documentary film was launched in front of a line up of guest’s at the London College of Fashion.

Arianwen Shoring, Lecturer at Kensington and Chelsea College, which has also provided funding for the project, said:

This is a great project to delve into the history and heritage of Savile Row, as well as a great opportunity for the students to understand the industry and the growing popularity of menswear and its association with London. Arianwen Shoring

To watch the film please click the button below.

Award Winning Student Champions Adult Learners Week 2015

As celebrations for Adult Learners’ Week 2015 approaches, Kensington and Chelsea College had its very own adult learning success story to champion.

The College, which is backing the national event being held from June 13 – 20, recently celebrated the achievement of adult learner Julien Papillon, who has been awarded a placement at the Worshipful Company Of Glazier And Painter Of Glass.

Julien, 33-years-old and currently on the College’s BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design (Design Crafts) – Level 3, caught the interview panels eye with his bold design, beating entrants from across the UK to win a forty-week enhanced work experience programme and the opportunity to work with experienced professional designer/makers, top level craftsmen and conservators.

This is not the first time the spotlight has been on Julien, only a few months ago he won a spot at the prestigious Contemporary Glass Society’s exhibition, which is usually reserved for the most talented and experienced artist.

In a years’ time, I will be full of new experiences, techniques, skills and contact: the best start possible for my own studio project!

Julien is one of many high achieving adult learners at Kensington and Chelsea College.

Speaking about his support from the College, Julien added:

 

This award project has been a lot of work, stress and sometimes discouragement. But my tutor Maria Zulueta was present at any time, and I could have not done it without her. It is a team work victory really.I find the team here at Kensington and Chelsea College, optimistic and devoted, so if you have a plan in mind, you will find inspiration here.

 

 

Former ESOL Student Looks Forwards To Future In Fashion

Former ESOL Student Looks Forwards To Future In Fashion

Former ESOL student-turned-Model Aramatou Toure has a bright future in Fashion and says it’s all thanks to the help and support she received at the College.

Originally from the Ivory Coast, Aramatou joined the College 7 years ago. Not knowing any English, she enrolled on an ESOL course, where she learnt to speak and write English.

Speaking about her experience on the ESOL course Aramatou said: “I have improved my English a great deal and write and speak it confidently and that has boosted my self-esteem, which is important to have in life.”

7 years on, Aramatou has gained enough confidence to embark on a career in modelling – entering and number of competitions including the prestigious Miss Borough UK Competition.

She has also thrived academically; progressing onto a number of Fashion Courses including Pattern Cutting and Garment making. And with goals of becoming a Fashion Designer in the future, Aramatou is well on her way to a flourishing career in the Fashion Industry.

Speaking about her time on the Garment Making course, Aramatou says: “Now I am able to make garments, I can produce my own clothes, and I hope soon to make clothes for others.”

She went on to say: “Studying at the College has really helped me become the confident Model I am today. I would definitely recommend taking a course at Kensington and Chelsea College.”

New BA Fine Art Top Up Programme Rivals University Counterparts

New BA Fine Art Top Up Programme Rivals University Counterparts

Kensington and Chelsea College’s commitment to affordable and flexible education is no more apparent than through the College’s new BA Fine Art Top-Up Programme – offering students a fast-track and competitively priced opportunity to gain a full degree qualification, in the heart of London’s art and design district.

Structured over three separate courses, taught over three years, the College offers students the flexibility to join at any stage of their Higher education studies with no need to repeat a year. The HNC is equivalent to Year 1, the HND to Year 2 and the BA top up to Year 3.

There has been a considerable change in the size and management of Fine Art courses at specialist Art Colleges and Universities. Anecdotal evidence records student experiencing courses where they feel overwhelmed and under supported, and a reduction in the studio space available. Kensington and Chelsea College’s fine art facilities offers the space and tutor contact that is missing elsewhere.

Current HNC Fine Art student said: “HNC tutors are a delight – inspiring, enthusiastic and patient!”

Current BA Fine Art top-up student said: “The standard of tutors… is excellent – the college has an excellent study environment.”

In addition to the enhanced studio space and tutor contact, the fees at Kensington and Chelsea College are also significantly lower than at other colleges – reducing the cost of a three year degree from around £27,000 to nearer £16,000.

Programme staffing is key in maintaining the relevance, currency and quality of the course. All teaching staff are practising and exhibiting artists. This includes the fractional appointments and Visiting Lecturers – providing a range of teaching styles, experience and specialist knowledge.

Greg Rook, Course Director of the BA Fine Art Top-Up said: “Students have four well attended exhibitions over the three years and benefit from the flexibility of having three taught days with five days of full studio access.”

“Evidence of the quality of the courses is that 25% of students go straight on to MA at the Royal College, Chelsea and Camberwell etc., from the first year HNC.”

Students who complete the three years are awarded a Fine Art BA (Hons) by London South Bank University.

There are still places available on the course for September 2015, but hurry, they are filling up fast! To find out more about the BA Fine Art Course visit this link for our fine art qualifications or contact 0207 573 5333.