College Exhibition Is A Hit With Locals
A dramatic sculpture exhibition that turned Kensington and Chelsea College into a creative playground drew to a close recently having attracted hundreds of visitors.
A life size portrait head, sculptures made from flashing lights and a mesmerising ice sculpture were just few of the highlights from the two week exhibition based at the Hortensia Centre campus.
Entitled ‘Work In Progress’, the exhibition of intricate art installations and striking sculptures showcased the work of students on the college’s Professional Development in Sculpture course.
Clare Kendall from Fulham took up the course to complement her love for painting and drawing. The 29-year-old debuted three pieces of work in the exhibition including a sculpture of a leather clad skull and metallic rose.
Clare said: ‘My work was themed around things we sometimes close our eyes to such as nature and death. Creating the pieces for the exhibitions was a real joy. I felt really proud to see it up there being viewed by so many people.’
Ali Mohammed also created several pieces for the exhibition including a model of a soldier on a chess board. The 46-year-old originally from Iraq drew on his own experiences as inspiration for his work.
He said: ‘The soldiers on the chess board show how politicians use soldiers and war as a political game. This is my view of it. I have lost family and friends through war so this was a sad sculpture for me to create. I want to use my art as a way to tell people to stop fighting.’
Students on the course range from 25 to 75 and attend college twice a week as part of their year long programme. Each student has their own personal studio space as part of the course, which they can access freely throughout the week including outside of class room hours.
Jane Eyton, Advanced Sculpture Course Director at Kensington and Chelsea College, said: ‘There is a wonderful mix of students on the course, each with their own personalities and quirks which is often reflected in the work they produce. That’s the wonderful thing about art; you can really make it your own.’
Date published: 15 March 2010