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George Selley a finalist for Visible White Photo Prize 2017

April 12, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Former Fine Arts College student and current Photography Technician, George Selley, has been selected as a finalist for one of…

Former Fine Arts College student and current Photography Technician, George Selley, has been selected as a finalist for one of Europe’s most prestigious photography awards, the Visible White Photo Prize, the theme of which this year is In Conflict. George’s project is titled ‘Visualising Illness’,  a photo-essay describing his father’s battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme, a type of brain tumour, and the most aggressive cancer that begins in the brain. He is one of fifteen finalists to be nominated for the award and his competition includes photographers of the highest calibre, such as Jonathan Bachman who has been nominated for his iconic photograph ‘Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge’, winner of the 2017 World Press Photo of the Year.

An exhibition of the entire collection of work nominated for the prize will be held between May and June 2017 at the Fondazione Studio Marangoni in Florence, Italy. The winner and runner-up for the prize will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on the 27th May. 

You can find out more about the Visible White Photo Prize here.

 

Fine Arts College acheives successful ISI inspection

April 10, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Towards the end of the Spring term, Fine Arts College had a routine ISI Regulatory Compliance inspection evaluating the College’s…

Towards the end of the Spring term, Fine Arts College had a routine ISI Regulatory Compliance inspection evaluating the College’s compliance with ISI regulations across eight categories. These included The Standard of Education; Welfare, Health and Safety of Pupils; and Child Safeguarding measures. Fine Arts College was deemed to be fully compliant across all eight categories, the best possible outcome the inspection could have produced.

A copy of the full report is available here.

Upper Sixth History of Art students visit Florence and Siena

March 23, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Fine Arts College’s Upper Sixth History of Art students embarked on a study trip to Florence and Siena in search…

Fine Arts College’s Upper Sixth History of Art students embarked on a study trip to Florence and Siena in search of some of Europe’s most revered art and architecture. A fantastic opportunity to see some of the subjects of their upcoming A level exams, students were most impressed by the Duomo, the Santa Maria Novella (containing a crucifix by Giotto and a Strozzi altarpiece), and the world renowned Uffizi Gallery, which hosts paintings by Giotto, Cimabue, Duccio and Simone Martini.

Annual GCSE Bake Sale a success!

March 23, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Staff and students at Fine Arts College were treated to a culinary extravaganza last Monday as the College’s GCSE department…

Staff and students at Fine Arts College were treated to a culinary extravaganza last Monday as the College’s GCSE department put on a spread for their annual Charity Bake Sale. The food ranged from dosas to samosas, and quiche to cake. The students raised more than £500 from the event, and this will all go to the Kent Refugee Action Network, a charity that provides help and support to asylum seekers and refugees, including minors who have arrived in the United Kingdom unaccompanied by an adult.

Year 11 treat Sarum Hall pre-prep to a show!

March 9, 2017
Ed Woolcock
On Wednesday Fine Arts College’s Year 11 Drama students visited Sarum Hall, a local pre-preparatory school on Eton Avenue, to…

On Wednesday Fine Arts College’s Year 11 Drama students visited Sarum Hall, a local pre-preparatory school on Eton Avenue, to treat the students to a performance of their devised piece. The play is currently under the working title ‘A Mean Girls inspired adaptation of Princesses’ (though the cast feel this may need refinement). It will form one component of the Drama GCSE qualification they take in the Summer Term.

Speaking after the show one member of the cast reflected that “the performance went really well, although they’re a tough crowd, small children!”

 

Hardware – tutors’ exhibition

February 23, 2017
Ed Woolcock
hardware, an exhibition of Fine Arts College tutors’ work, will remain on display in the new Centre Studios gallery until Wednesday 22nd March.…

hardware, an exhibition of Fine Arts College tutors’ work, will remain on display in the new Centre Studios gallery until Wednesday 22nd March. There will be three opportunities to visit the exhibition during this period:

Wednesday 1st March 4-5.45pm

The exhibition will be opened for parents attending the Upper Sixth Parents Evening.

Tuesday 14th March 4-5.45pm

The exhibition will be opened for parents attending the GCSE Parents Evening.

Thursday 16th March 5 – 7pm

There will be an Artists Talk in which Chris, Suzanne and Mike will discuss their methods and ideas.

Wednesday 22nd March

Show ends.

The show can be visited at other times by appointment.

Works are for sale with 25% going to the NSPCC charity.

Owain Roberts receives Six Nations BBC commission

February 21, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Fine Arts College’s Head of Music, Owain Roberts, earned a commission from BBC Cymru and BBC Wales Sport to re-arrange Cwm…

Fine Arts College’s Head of Music, Owain Roberts, earned a commission from BBC Cymru and BBC Wales Sport to re-arrange Cwm Rhondda (or Bread of Heaven) for his band, the Llareggub Brass Band, for this year’s Rugby Union Six Nations Championship. The video-recording has received a great deal of attention as a social media advert but is also broadcast on Welsh language S4C (Wales’ Channel 4) before every game!

You can check it out here.

Film Studies students visit MET Film School and Ealing Studios

February 14, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Last week Film Studies students visited The MET Film School and Ealing Studios, a chance for them to get ‘hands…

Last week Film Studies students visited The MET Film School and Ealing Studios, a chance for them to get ‘hands on’ with professional standard filming equipment and gain an insight into life in the film industry.

Students were given a talk by the head of admissions at the film school, who explained the course. Afterwards they were given a detailed workshop on how to use the Sony PMW-EX3 camera and then broke into groups to all get a chance to try out the camera. They also learned how to set up an industry-standard tripod, and how to use a directional mic with a boom pole.  Afterwards they were given a brief tour of Ealing Studios, where classic British films such as Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) and The Ladykillers (1955) were shot, as well as more recent favourites such as Shaun of the Dead (2004) and The Imitation Game (2014).

hardware – A private view of the work of our tutors

February 7, 2017
Ed Woolcock
It is with great pride that Fine Arts College is holding an exhibition of three of its art tutors’ works; this…
It is with great pride that Fine Arts College is holding an exhibition of three of its art tutors’ works; this opened with a private view on Thursday 2nd February. The exhibition is hung in the College’s new site, 51 Englands Lane, and the private view offered parents their first glimpse of the new space. Aptly named hardware in reference to the premises’ former use as the Englands Lane hardware shop, the exhibition shows artists Michael Burles, Suzanne Holtom and Chris Kenny all take as their theme the material stimulus and inspiration that can lie behind imaginative journeys. All the art is for sale and 25% of the proceeds are going to the NSPCC charity.
There will be another opportunity to view the exhibition and hear the three artists discuss their work on Thursday 16th March 5-7pm.

Fine Arts College vs Kent Refugee Action Network post match review

December 14, 2016
Ed Woolcock
Following a great deal of anticipation, the charity friendly fixture everyone had been waiting for took place on Saturday afternoon. Attendance…

Following a great deal of anticipation, the charity friendly fixture everyone had been waiting for took place on Saturday afternoon. Attendance was fantastic: a large crowd had congregated by the time both sides, sporting fantastic kits, took to the field for kick-off at 12.00pm. Fine Arts College netted two quick goals early on courtesy of Ben Wilkins, who continued to make headway down the right flank all game. However KRAN always looked dangerous and eventually pulled one back after a powerful strike from distance slipped under a startled goalkeeper. From there, KRAN piled on the pressure putting another two on the scoreboard before half-time – both fantastic strikes, the first cannoning in off the woodwork.

KRAN carried their momentum straight into the second half, which quickly became end to end stuff with goals going both ways every five or so minutes. Amongst the flood of quality however, Nick Michalias’ pile-driver from just inside the KRAN half shook the frame of the goal and left FAC in with a chance of walking away with a draw just five minutes from the final whistle. KRAN quickly put to bed any hopes the home side might have had though, and the final score was 7-4.

Amongst a whole host of star performances, Teague Andrews, Jack Mathias and Elliot Edwards all showed composure and ability and deserve particular praise. Due credit should go to all the players from both sides though, as the game proved to be more evenly matched than the final score would suggest. Some suspect efforts between the sticks from both FAC’s goalkeepers could perhaps go some way towards explaining that!

Both sides met for a post-game lunch and by the end of the afternoon they had already begun putting together plans for a return leg in Folkestone next term. Watch this space.

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