Awards Win For Kensington and Chelsea College Students in V&A Museum Backed Competition

<img src=’’ width=’300′ height=’200′ title=’Design Awards’ alt=’Design Awards’ class=’img_l’ /> <p> It was a double dose of success for Kensington and Chelsea College’s art and design students as they beat hundreds of entries from across the UK to win a V&A Museum backed competition, and the opportunity to feature in an exclusive exhibition linked to it. </p><p> More than 400 entries were received for <b>Inspired by…</b>, a national arts competition for adult learners originally launched by the V&A. Entrants had to submit works inspired by pieces in the collections of the V&A South Kensington and the V&A Museum of Childhood. </p><p> The entries were shortlisted and judged by an esteemed panel of judges, including several V&A Curators. </p><p> The works of nine of the College’s talented art and design students were among those shortlisted to win, with two – Jim Lockton and Monica Watson – going on to scoop awards in special prize giving ceremony. </p><p> Jim won the Theatrical and Performance First Prize for his Ceramic ‘puppet’ entry and Monica won First Prize for her glass entry. </p><p> As part of the competition all shortlisted entries will also feature in a free public exhibition. <b>Inspired by…</b> exhibition will feature more than 110 pieces of arts and crafts, including jewellery, ceramic, glass and print pieces created by the College’s trail-blazing nine of; Sahar Khalel, Jim Lockton, Sumi Perera, Judit Esztergomi, Cheryl Haynes, Thierry Kelaart, Monica Watson, Rebecca Oldfield and Maria Oliveira </p><p> The exhibition is open to the public from 20 May – 19 June 2014, at Morley Gallery, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT and entry is free. </p><p> Emmajane Avery, Head of Learning at the V&A said: <br /> <quote>”The 2013-14 competition and exhibition continue to illustrate the inspiring nature of the V&A’s collections, the creativity of the entrants and the expertise of their tutors.”</quote> </p><p> Exhibiting student Thierry Kelaart said: <br /> <quote>”I spent a lot of time researching and was keen to be inspired at the V&A by something outside of my discipline of jewellery. My piece was called entombed. It was a wooden box with a cover made in silver that slides open to reveal the figure of a knight and his wife lying inside. I was thrilled to hear my work would be shortlisted and exhibited!”</quote> </p><p> Speaking about her Jewellery course at the College Thierry added: <br /> <quote>”The tutors are brilliant. They’re very skilled. What I most love about the course is that we get to study art for part of it. The art side helps me explore my ideas and inspire new work.”</quote> </p>