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

Design Awards

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.

More than 400 entries were received for Inspired by…, 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.

The entries were shortlisted and judged by an esteemed panel of judges, including several V&A Curators.

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.

Jim won the Theatrical and Performance First Prize for his Ceramic ‘puppet’ entry and Monica won First Prize for her glass entry.

As part of the competition all shortlisted entries will also feature in a free public exhibition. Inspired by… 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

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.

Emmajane Avery, Head of Learning at the V&A said:
“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.”

Exhibiting student Thierry Kelaart said:
“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!”

Speaking about her Jewellery course at the College Thierry added:
“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.”