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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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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.

Fine Art Students Secure Place At University Of The Arts Through CAPS

Fine Art Students Secure Place At University Of The Arts Through CAPS

Six of Kensington and Chelsea College’s Fine Art students have been offered undergraduate degrees at the University of Art thanks to the Compact Agreement for Progression Scheme.

The scheme which is run by the University of the Arts London is specifically aimed at students studying on a vocational course who are the first in the family to go to University.

Six high achieving students from our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design were nominated for the scheme with all six successfully completed it – Hannah Pearce, Ocean Toppin, Jessica Lee and Mignon Nixon progressing onto the BA in Fine Art and Eleonor Hurley and Gerarda Tolino progressing on to the BA Interior Design Spatial Design.

The scheme comprised of a variety of workshops, advice sessions on preparing their portfolio and mock interviews to help prepare the students for getting into the University.

Speaking about her experience on CAPS, Hannah Pearce said: “The scheme helped me with my portfolio. It geared me up for university within a matter of months. It was extremely intense but I’m glad to say that we all persevered through support from our tutors, and were rewarded for it in the end.”

Kensington and Chelsea College is a partner College for the University of the Arts. The College enjoys a high-profile reputation for excellence in Creative Arts, and has a successful student alumni, which includes Turner prize nominee Spartacus Chetwynd. The College’s Fine Art Department has a strong track record of producing skilled artists, many of whom progress to postgraduate and undergraduate study at leading institutions including Camberwell School of Art.

For more information about our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design or any other Fine Art courses contact the College on 020 7573 5333 or visit

New BA (Hons) Fine Art Top-Up Gives Kensington And Chelsea College The Competitive Edge

New BA (Hons) Fine Art Top-Up

Kensington and Chelsea College has launched its first ever degree top-up programme, offering a competitively priced opportunity to gain a full degree qualification.

Students who have finished a HND or Foundation Degree programme in Fine Art, or a related discipline, can now apply to move on to the top-up programme at the College to gain a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.

The course is not only cheaper than many of its university counterparts, but offers students the chance to study in a location close to many world class arts organisations and museums, many of which the College is already closely connected with.

The new one year programme allows aspiring artists to develop and refine their chosen specialist discipline in a studio setting.

The top-up programme provides an opportunity to study the critical and contextual dimensions of fine art practice supported with tutorials, lectures, seminars and workshops. Students are also encouraged to develop their thinking and understanding to become independent and critically aware practitioners.

As part of the course students will also participate in the College’s end of year degree show testing both the students’ own qualities as artists and their implementation of curatorial and presentational expertise.

After this course you can go on to study an MA qualification or enter employment as a self-employed practising artist, fine art photographer, professional printmaker; or become involved in curating, museum and gallery work, teaching, creative consultation, community arts work, arts management and administration; or other areas of the creative industries including advertising, film and video production, software design or self-employed designer. Employers from a range of industries, who are seeking flexible, self-motivated and creative individuals, seek out Fine Art graduates.

The course starts on the 22nd of September, 2014 and takes place at the College’s Chelsea Centre just off King’s Road.

To be accepted on to the BA Top-Up Programme you must pass an interview with the Curriculum Leader or Course Tutor. To arrange this please visit: or contact the College on 0207 573 5333.

There are still places available on courses for September 2014, but hurry, they are filling up fast! If you want to secure your spot on one of the College’s remaining September start courses head down to one of the enrolment sessions.


Discover Londons Newest Artistic Talent

Discover Londons Newest Artistic Talent

Art lovers are in for a treat as two new exhibitions open in West London offering the chance to discover talented, up and coming artists.

The two exhibitions – ‘Becoming’ and ‘Maelstrom’ – will run alongside each other for just one week only at the Chelsea Centre Gallery, Kensington and Chelsea College, Hortensia Road.

Both exhibitions are free to attend and guests will have an exclusive opportunity to discover London’s finest emerging artists as well as purchase some of the cutting edge artwork on display.

‘Maelstrom’ will be showcasing the work of artists graduating from Kensington and Chelsea College’s Fine Art courses, and will include a mix of painting, sculpture, video and installation.

‘Becoming’ brings together a stunning collection of Paintings, sculpture, Installations, 3D Design, Fashion, Graphic Design and Photography work produced by artists from the College’s Foundation Art & Design courses.

Both exhibitions run from Friday June 27 until Friday July 4, at the College’s Chelsea Centre, Hortensia Road SW10 0QS. The Gallery is open weekdays 10am – 9pm Monday to Thursday and Friday 9am – 5pm.

To attend the exhibitions and to stay up to date on future exhibitions please register at:

A special Private View will also be taking place on Thursday June 26 for both exhibitions from 6pm – 9pm. On the night special guest Susan Sluglett, one the College’s Fine Art Alumni and a Jerwood Painting Fellow, will also present the College’s Peter Stanley Memorial Award in recognition of outstanding work.

Kensington & Chelsea College is now offering the opportunity to gain a Fine Art BA with London South Bank University in the College’s inspiring Chelsea studios. This top-up degree programme has been designed for students who have successfully completed an HND, Foundation degree or equivalent in Fine Art or a related subject and now wish to convert their existing qualification into a full Fine Art BA honours qualification. With highly commended studios, facilities and teaching staff, this is a unique opportunity to complete a Fine Art degree at a fraction of the price of a degree elsewhere.

The College enjoys a high-profile reputation for excellence in Creative Arts, and has a successful student alumni, which includes Turner prize nominee Marvyn Gaye Chetwynd. The College’s Fine Art Department has a strong track record of producing skilled artists, many of whom progress to postgraduate and undergraduate study at leading institutions including Goldsmith’s College and Camberwell School of Art.