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Fine Arts in Fabric Magazine

July 3, 2018
Olivia Vesty
 

 

Fine Arts Annual Exhibition

July 2, 2018
Olivia Vesty
Our annual exhibition began with an eclectic screening of short films by our media students at the Everyman cinema in…

Our annual exhibition began with an eclectic screening of short films by our media students at the Everyman cinema in Belsize Park. An exceptional collection of textiles, photography and art pieces by the students were exhibited in the hall and throughout the college. Our guests enjoyed canapés and drinks in the sunny courtyard, accompanied by songs throughout the afternoon from our talented music students. Another successful exhibition, and an unforgettable day.

Belgium Trip

July 2, 2018
Olivia Vesty
Our Year 10 and 11 students recently enjoyed three days in historic and multicultural capital Brussels, and port city Ghent.…

Our Year 10 and 11 students recently enjoyed three days in historic and multicultural capital Brussels, and port city Ghent. The students explored the art nouveau rich architecture and history of Brussels such as the Old England Building, a former department store from 1899 housing a ground-breaking music museum. They picnicked in the Bois de la Cambre, one of the most beautiful green spaces in Brussels.  A day trip to Ghent included a visit to St Bavo Cathedral, a towering 14th century Gothic build with an impressive rare art collection.

Peter Tatchell Meets FAC Students

May 24, 2018
Olivia Vesty
The College was thrilled to welcome human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who gave a talk to our Lower Sixth students…

The College was thrilled to welcome human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who gave a talk to our Lower Sixth students on May 15th as part of our Enrichment series.

Peter is perhaps most famous for his attempted citizen’s arrests of Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono president of Indonesia. He spoke inspiringly about the importance and power of direct action that can bring under-reported human rights abuses to public attention. His work over many years for LGBT rights has helped bring about changes that now we take for granted, such as gay marriage and the acceptance of diverse sexuality in public life.

Fine Arts filmed the talk which you can view below:

 

 

Kenny Schachter Meets FAC Students

March 8, 2018
Olivia Vesty
London based art dealer and curator Kenny Schachter gave a turbo-charged talk on Tuesday 6th February to the Lower 6th students.…

London based art dealer and curator Kenny Schachter gave a turbo-charged talk on Tuesday 6th February to the Lower 6th students. He was one of our invited guest speakers for our series of weekly Enrichment Talks.

Kenny Schachter has been curating contemporary art exhibitions for over 20 years, and deals in international art, from impressionism to modern art. The students were offered a unique, inspiring and entertaining insight into Kenny’s experiences as a curator, art dealer, gallerist, artist, writer and lecturer.

An Evening of Music and Drama, Followed by Carols

December 15, 2017
Olivia Vesty
Students from all years came together to put on a fabulous performance of music and drama pieces. There were some…

Students from all years came together to put on a fabulous performance of music and drama pieces.

There were some very mature deliveries of scenes from plays such as Three Sisters, and The Seagull by Chekhov. Our budding pianists blew us away with Bach and Schumann, and we were serenaded by some remarkable vocals with classical and pop pieces, as well as students’ own compositions. The standard of talent was very high, and all the participants should be congratulated.

The evening ended with candlelit Christmas carols in the courtyard, accompanied by a brass band, and plenty of mince pies.

Berlin Trip

November 22, 2017
Olivia Vesty
Our A Level Art and History students enjoyed a four day trip to Berlin, taking full advantage of the city’s…

Our A Level Art and History students enjoyed a four day trip to Berlin, taking full advantage of the city’s incredible museums and landmarks.

Berlin is a city rich in history and brimming with historical sites. In the last hundred years it has been the centre of the Prussian Kingdom, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the Cold War and German re-unification.

This history is visible in the art, the architecture and the cultural personality of the city and makes it a very stimulating destination for artists and historians.

This trip offered our students invaluable knowledge and experience which they will use to build up their coursework and portfolios.

 

 

Charity Football Match

November 20, 2017
Olivia Vesty
Fine Arts College played a charity football match against Kent Refugee Action Network at midday on Saturday 18th November 2017.…

Fine Arts College played a charity football match against Kent Refugee Action Network at midday on Saturday 18th November 2017.

Congratulations to KRAN on a 3:1 win! Everybody played well and we all thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Kent Refugee Action Network is an independent charity that provides help and support to asylum seekers and refugees, including minors who have arrived in the United Kingdom unaccompanied by an adult. Their mission is to relieve the need and hardship of refugees, asylum seekers and their dependants and ethnic minorities, principally in Kent, particularly by the provision of advice, information, education and support; and to advance public education about the position of refugees and ethnic minorities.

We are delighted to report that we exceeded our target of £750 and a total of £930 was raised for the cause from supporters via a Just Giving page.

The Sorriest Things

October 20, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Our new exhibition, The Sorriest Things, is showing work in a variety of media around an idea taken from the…

Our new exhibition, The Sorriest Things, is showing work in a variety of media around an idea taken from the poet and novelist Thomas Hardy. He wrote in his notebook in 1885: ‘The business of the poet is to show the sorriness underlying the grandest things and the grandeur underlying the sorriest things.’

Artists in the show are displaying work that shows their observation of the overlooked, examples of beauty in apparently insignificant objects or moments. Tutors Mike Burles, Candida Cave, Suzanne Holtom, Chris Kenny, Dominik Klimowski, and Karen Staples are exhibiting along with artists from outside the College: Dan Coombs, Hugh Hamshaw Thomas and Tullis Rennie. Tullis is showing audio ‘photographs’, soundscapes made from recordings of underground trains crisscrossing the Thames.

Most of the works are for sale with 25% of proceeds going to a young person’s charity. Viewing is by appointment; please call our main office. A catalogue is also available.

Ozwald Boeteng visits FAC

October 16, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Ozwald Boeteng, resplendent in one of his own peacock blue silk suits, with waistcoat and chisel-collared shirt, gave a talk…

Ozwald Boeteng, resplendent in one of his own peacock blue silk suits, with waistcoat and chisel-collared shirt, gave a talk to our Lower Sixth students on his career in menswear design. He described the light-bulb moment of realising tailoring was his vocation while he was teenager studying Computer Science and a girlfriend persuaded him to lend a hand with her college fashion show. Ozwald had already spent a couple of summer holidays working on a tailoring factory production line and had dabbled in sewing with his mother’s machine. He urged the students to find their own passion and then pursue it with a vengeance. ‘Everyone’s good at something’ he insisted, ‘You just need to find out what that is’.

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