Art and Design Students Display Their Creative Flair
A group of budding artists and designers turned Kensington and Chelsea College in to artistic playground packed with paintings, sculptures and fashion creations.
The stunning End of Year Art Exhibition took place at the college’s Hortensia Gallery, in Hortensia Road and brought together collections of work from students who’ve never picked up a paintbrush before to graduating students ready to make their professional mark on the art world.
The creative crowd puller attracted more than 200 people on its opening night including the distinguished and established painter Victor Kuell.
Officially opening the exhibition was Zida Ardalan de Weck, founder and curator of the prestigious Parasol Unit Art Foundation – an independent educational charity devoted to promoting contemporary art and showcasing the work of leading and young artists.
Among the pieces being debuted was an exclusive collection produced by HNC Fine Art students which explored the different approaches to contemporary art.
Guest painter Victor Kuell also presented two students, Shaima Al-Juburi, HNC Fine Art and Paris Thompson, Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design, with a special memorial award for the two most outstanding pieces of work at the event.
The award was made in memory of Peter Stanley, the former Head of the college’s Art Department who tragically died in 2006 following a skiing accident.
Shaima was awarded a prize for her work ‘Hush It’s a Secret’ – a black and white design covering a section of floor and wall.
The ecstatic student said of her win:
‘I still can’t believe it. I’m incredibly happy about winning, especially as it took a lot of time and energy to finish the piece. It hasn’t been an easy project. I couldn’t even eat because I was so stressed about making sure the finished piece was perfect and that everything would be hung up and displayed properly for the show. My art work is about love and how life without it would be black and white. I want people to see the colour in life.’
Mamon Hawkins, from Chelsea, also profiled her work at the exhibition having only recently picked up a paint brush. She completed a number of abstract paintings under the First Step Art programme, which involves coming to the college one day a week.
‘I didn’t have any previous art experience but quickly realised there was no need to be nervous in class as we were all in the same boat. The class is made up of all ages and cultures so there are a lot different sources of inspiration. It’s a great way to learn. For me the class is the first time I’ve used a canvas or even proper paper to paint on, and using an easel was just magical!’
Date published: 23 June 2010