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Taking Flight Show Success

Taking Flight Show

Fine Art Students Dazzle The West London Art Scene

A group of emerging artists went down a hit with the West London art scene following their exciting debut exhibition inspired by personal experiences.

‘Taking Flight’ took place at Kensington and Chelsea College and attracted more than 150 guests on its opening night.

Among the artists showcasing their work was Aleksandra Osadcij, from former war ravaged Sarajevo. Aleksandra was just a teenager when the Bosnian War broke out, and spent more than four years in the warzone before fleeing to the UK where she settled and discovered a passion for art.

Describing her piece for the exhibition Aleksandra said: ‘I created a bright and colourful structure representing clam and positivity, which was set to the contrasting sounds of gunfire. The piece is a reminder that no matter what I do old memories will always be there, but my life is much happier now, so I feel I can cope with remembering the past.’

‘The course has helped me to express my emotions and ideas through art. The tutors and students are really inspirational.’

‘Taking Flight’ featured the best new talent from the college’s HNC Fine Art Programme, which has an excellent success rate of placing students in higher education, including Slade, Goldsmiths and the University of Arts.

Guests enjoyed a dynamic mix of sculpture, video, painting, installation and drawing.

Also exhibiting on the night was former business owner Mamon Hawkins who initially took a beginners level art course two years ago so she could sketch images whilst travelling.

Mamon said: ‘I completely got the art bug and haven’t looked back! I started out on the beginners course mainly for travel purposes, but before I knew it I was on the next level and next. It has moved from being a hobby to a passion which I’d like to pursue professionally. I feel like I’m just on the tip of the iceberg and have put my travel plans on hold to focus on my art. I’d never of guessed two years ago when I started out on a basic art course that I’d be exhibiting or thinking about a professional art career!’

Speaking about her course Mamon continued: ‘I’ve really enjoyed studying at the college. The students on my course and the tutors have all been brilliant. The tutors are also incredibly supportive and always encourage you to keep pushing forward, even when you doubt yourself!’

Kensington and Chelsea College Art tutor Brian Deighton added: ‘The HNC Fine Art is a unique course in a changing educational landscape. Our students progress to top art schools and even postgraduate study. Taking Flight was a realisation of artistic ambition and innovation – a show by a diverse bunch of people who start the course as students and finish as artists.’

To view images of the artwork displayed visit the college’s Facebook Page on: www.facebook.com/kensingtonandchelseacollege