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EXHIBITION SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON WEST LONDON’S FINEST ARTISTIC TALENT
A group of emerging artists from Kensington and Chelsea College will be showcasing their talents this summer for a special exhibition.
Entitled ‘Brink’, the show profiles the work of the college’s HNC Fine Art students, and is an eclectic collection of contemporary art culminating from a year’s work.
The students will be debuting paintings, videos and installation work, and hope to follow in the footsteps of the college’s famous art alumni which include Turner prize nominee Spartacus Chetwynd, Julie Bennett who was labelled ‘one of Saatchi's new stars’ by The Independent and Jerwood Painting Fellow, Susan Sluglett.
The exhibition also offers guests the opportunity to purchase some of the one-off exhibits, as well as meet the artists during a Private View on Thursday 21 June, from 6-9pm, at the college’s Chelsea Centre.
A special memorial award will also be given out on the evening of the Private View in recognition of the most outstanding piece of work to be featured in the exhibition. The award is in memory of Peter Stanley, the former head of the college’s Art Department.
Judging the award will be college alumni and internationally renowned artist Seb Patane, whose work has been featured in Tate Britain London, Museum for Contemporary Art, Finland and Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The college’s Fine Art Department has an excellent success rate of placing students in higher education, including Goldsmiths and the University of Arts.
Exhibiting artist Bethany said: "What I particularly enjoyed about the HNC course was the seemingly infinite limits of freedom of artistic expression allowed. The tutors are always so encouraging regarding whatever it is you are interested in and treat every student as an individual. We are encouraged to play with and explore materials throughout the year. This is a fantastic way to allow art students to develop."
HNC course director Brian Deighton added: "As the government's Higher Education fee increases begin to take effect, the college’s HNC Fine Art course stands up well against London colleges. Not only are our fees considerably cheaper but we are also now offering a new one day per week course over two years as a part-time pathway. HNC alumni continue to raise our profile and these exhibitions will show work that is exciting, relevant, thoughtful and varied in media.
" Brink is free to attend and runs from June 21-29 at the college’s Chelsea Centre and adjacent Carlyle Building, on Hortensia Road, SW10 0QS. The gallery is open Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm and Friday 10am-5pm. A second exhibition of work by the college’s HNC Fine Art students is also being hosted at The Gallery - one of West London’s newest exhibition spaces – from June 27-29, with the Private View taking place on Friday June 22. Guests are also invited to the artist’s seminar being held there on June 28.
The Gallery is an exciting new artists’ space linked to headquarters of paint suppliers Windsor & Newton and Liquitex on Evesham Street, London W11. For more information please call the College Arts Office on: 0207 573 5258 or visit www.kcc.ac.uk
Exhibiting artists: Maria Ahmed, Asmaa Alanbari, Emilia Bras de Silva, Paul Campbell, Beverley Chapman, Geraldine Cornwall, Elizabeth Curtin, Fotini Dafou, Katherine Foster, Ed Hadfield, Rose Harland, Mamon Hawkins, Natasha Hay, Mariana Marinho de Lemos, James McNamara, George Megarry, Sylvia Merce, Sonia Montes, Emma Naqvi-McAteer, Aleksandra Osadcij, Elizabeth Partington, Antonia Showering, Gillian Stevenson, Jirawut Ueasungkomsate and Bethany Marett.