Art and Design Students Win Inspired By at V&A Museum

KCC Art and Design students

Talented Art and Design students from Kensington and Chelsea College took centre stage after an inspiring set of wins in a national competition run by the world renowned V&A Museum.

Art and Design students Zara Ahmed, Arturo Nunez, Milan Sedlar, Neelakshi Vidyalankara and Dennis Groenhuysen were shortlisted for the V&A’s ‘Inspired By’ Competition.

The trail-blazing five were already celebrating after being selected to exhibit at the V&A for beating hundreds of entries nationally to make the final shortlist for the competition.

On Saturday the celebrations were taken up a notch as Milan, Dennis and Neelakshi were each crowned winners in three separate categories.

The much revered contest is aimed at profiling the talents of art students and requires entrants to draw their inspiration from collections featured in V&A galleries.

Neelakshi, who studied BTEC Level 3 Art and Design Jewellery, was inspired to produce a ring for the competition after visiting the V&A’s Glass Gallery. She said: ‘The V&A is one of my favourite museums – to have my work exhibited there is a dream come true. At the award ceremony I had to check with my sister that I had heard right when my name was called as a winner. It was such a shock, but I’m really thrilled with the win!’

Dennis, who studied BTEC Level 3 Art and Design Ceramics, took his inspiration from a ceramic piece he saw at the V&A. He said: ‘Ceramics is a language I use to communicate and express myself. The sculpture I entered for the competition is about my journey to plant my own roots and work through personal issues. I couldn’t believe it when they announced I was an award winner. I felt really honoured and nearly burst into tears when I got to the stage. I feel this award will help open doors for me.’

Speaking about his course Dennis added: ‘I’m a big believer in education and have always said that learning never stops. I’ve really enjoyed doing art and design at the college. For me what sets the college out from other is the understanding of the tutors. They are in tune with their students’ abilities and know exactly how to bring out the best in people.’

Maria Rosenthal, Manager for Arts and Technologies at the college said: ‘All three wins and being shortlisted is proof of the creativity and talent that drive our students forward. It is also a tribute to the hard working tutors who teach and shape students into the artists and designers they want to be.’