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Rising Artists Join Forces For Exhibition Exploring Sculpture

Sculpture Exhibition 2014: February  25 to March 4

A group of talented sculptors have come together to bring art lovers a special exhibition exploring the diverse nature of sculpture.

The sculptors, who are all students or alumni of Kensington and Chelsea College’s nationally renowned Professional Development Sculpture course, will be showcasing work from traditional fired and glazed ceramic pieces to Kinetic sculptures that use light and movement.

Entitled ‘Exhibition 2014’ the exhibition runs from February 25 – March 4 and features more than 20 pieces of dramatic sculptures and eye-catching installations.

Peter Leigh, a sculptor from the course who helped curate the show said: “The exhibition gives people the opportunity to see a great range of strong and varied work that balances traditional with contemporary. Each piece on show has a unique theme reflecting the diverse backgrounds of the sculptors taking part, and the pieces are created not just from traditional clay but also from a range of many other materials including marble, resin and metal.”

The sculptors range from artists working in both traditional and non-traditional methods of sculpture, fine art graduates and experienced artists. They are all studying on the Professional Development Sculpture: Advanced Diploma. The course helps artists to fully develop their specialist area of work, within a highly motivated group. It includes studio space, technical help, tutorial advice and critiques, access to learning resources and exhibition facilities. Tuition is by a team of experienced working artists.

‘Exhibition 2014’ is free to attend and is being held at the College’s Chelsea Centre, Hortensia Road, London SW10 0QS. The Gallery is open weekdays 10am-9pm Monday to Thursday and Friday 9am-5pm. Guests can also buy some of the exclusive pieces being showcased and meet the sculptors during a private view being held on Tuesday 25th February, 6pm-8pm, at the Chelsea Centre. The Private View is also free to attend and open to the public. The exhibition pieces were produced in the college’s Park Walk Sculpture Studio in Chelsea, West London. Described in the media as an “artistic gem” the dedicated studio has been training sculptors for over 30 years, keeping alive the traditions of Rodin and Michelangelo in the modern age along with encouraging contemporary, abstract and conceptual art works.

Speaking about his course Mr Leigh added: “I’m an artist but mainly in 2D such as paint and print, but the sculpture course has added another dimension to my work – a 3D one in fact. What I most enjoyed about the course was the challenge of using different techniques and materials. It has really opened my eyes to the different types of work that can be created through sculpture. It’s not all clay! There was also a really strong structure to the course. As well as the technical skills we learnt, we also always had opportunities to visit galleries and share feedback on work.”

Heaping praise on his tutors and fellow students Peter continued: “I’ve really enjoyed meeting like-minded people on the course. We became a very close group and often did things together outside of the class as we all had shared interests. The tutors were also great, and very supportive.”

The college’s successful Arts Department enjoys a high-profile reputation, and has a successful student alumni which includes Turner prize nominee Spartacus Chetwynd and artist Julie Bennett who was labelled “one of Saatchi’s new stars” by The Independent. Kensington and Chelsea College also recently became an associate college member for The National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural – a status awarded to only a select number of colleges.

For more information contact the college’s Arts Office on: 0207 573 5258.

The exhibiting sculptors of ‘Exhibition 2014’ are: Peter Leigh, Aiden Ali Mousaud, Mary Holley, Yvonne Langley, Irena Kounova and Mark Castiglari.