Royal Albert Hall Exhibition Comes To KCC

Shooting Stars at the Royal Albert Hall

An inspiring Royal Albert Hall exhibition that celebrated the work of young photographers is being shown again at Kensington and Chelsea College following its success.

The exhibition was the showpiece behind a pioneering project, run in partnership with the college and the iconic London venue, which gave a group of young people a life changing opportunity.

The ‘Shooting Stars’ project gave 13 young people who weren’t in education, training or employment the chance to gain a qualification in photography and exclusive access to photograph A-list events at the Royal Albert Hall.

Under the two year venture, led by college, the students studied on a specially designed BTEC photography course to gain the skills needed to be an event and portrait photographer.

They were also given master classes from leading photographers such as Jill Furmanovsky and Mick Hutson, and the chance to join professional photographers to shoot some of the biggest events in London including Beverley Knight’s concert, Cirque du Soleil, The BBC Proms and Spirit of London of Awards. The students were the first ever given access to photograph events from the press arena within the Hall.

The project led to the students capturing more than 4000 images of which a selection was featured in an exhibition hosted at the Royal Albert Hall.

The exhibition is now being repeated at the college’s Chelsea Centre, Hortensia Road SW10 0QS. It will run from Jan 8th – 18th, with a special Private View on Jan 10th,from 6.30pm-8.30pm, where guests can meet the students. The exhibition is open to the public on weekdays from 9am-7pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-4pm on Friday.

Tamar Davies, the college’s project coordinator for Shooting Stars, said: ‘This exhibition is the result of a committed team of people who believe whole heartedly in the principal of access to education. The students, Bruce Tanner – Head of Photography at the college, and I would like to thank Debra Cougil, former head of education at the Royal Albert Hall, who coordinated a week by week schedule of special access to events that enabled our students to photograph a year in the life of the Royal Albert Hall.’

Since completing the project all 13 students have progressed on to higher level qualifications and employment through the college.

See the online Shooting Stars Gallery

Kensington and Chelsea College has a reputation for excellence in Art and Design, and recently became an associate college member for The National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural – a status awarded to only a select number of colleges. Its impressive art alumni include renowned photographer Millie Pilkington who was commissioned by Clarence House as Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s private photographer for their wedding, and 2012 Turner Prize nominee Spartacus Chetwynd. The college is also partnered with many of London’s iconic creative and cultural venues including the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery, the Science Museum, the Royal Opera House, Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London through its successful range of apprenticeship programmes.