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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’.

FAC nominated for ISA Award for Excellence in the Fine Arts

September 25, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Fine Arts College has been nominated for this year’s ISA Award for Excellence in the Fine Arts. The winner will…

Fine Arts College has been nominated for this year’s ISA Award for Excellence in the Fine Arts. The winner will be announced at this year’s ISA Autumn Study Conference on November 10th.

George Selley nominated for Paris Photo award

September 21, 2017
Ed Woolcock
George Selley, Photography and Media Studies assistant as well as a member of the College’s alumni, has topped a year…

George Selley, Photography and Media Studies assistant as well as a member of the College’s alumni, has topped a year which has saw him nominated for three separate Photography awards with an invitation to exhibit at Paris Photo, the medium’s oldest and most prestigious exhibition. George is one of four young talents to be nominated for the Carte Blanche Award which celebrates the most exciting young talent across all of Europe. The winner will be announced on the 9th November (the exhibition’s opening night) at the Grand Palais, where George’s work will then be exhibited until the 12th November.

Mandy Saligari visits FAC

September 20, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Yesterday afternoon Mandy Saligari, founder and clinical director of Charter, a Harley Street clinic specialising in private addiction treatment, visited…

Yesterday afternoon Mandy Saligari, founder and clinical director of Charter, a Harley Street clinic specialising in private addiction treatment, visited the College to speak to Lower Sixth students. She gave a powerful talk about drugs and the risks of addiction and habitual use. She urged students to think very carefully about who they are and their own psychological make-up in case they allowed themselves to be drawn into a habitual use drug culture. She made the important point that our psychological vulnerabilities can lead to excessive interest in drugs or alcohol as compensation for insecurities. Young people should try to know themselves and their own needs before they face being persuaded, perhaps by a peer group, into a habitual use that could impact on work, relationships and well-being.

Following the talk Lower Sixth students said “The talk was empowering, honest and refreshing. Mandy made us think in a different way about our friends, family and ourselves. We really enjoyed listening to her story and advice”.

Our Upper Sixth students will shortly be hearing a similar talk from Mandy.

GCSE results day

August 29, 2017
Ed Woolcock
On Thursday Fine Arts College’s Year 11 students received their GCSE results. This year saw the staggered introduction of the…

On Thursday Fine Arts College’s Year 11 students received their GCSE results. This year saw the staggered introduction of the new 9-1 grading system. 76.3% of our students achieved either A*-C or 9-4 (4 being the equivalent of a C).

Pictured is Sofia Parra, one of FAC’s most successful students, who achieved two A*s, an A, a B, as well as two 7s and a 5 using the new grading system. Sofia will go on to study Biology, Philosophy, Fine Art and History of Art A levels at Fine Arts College.

Results Day!

August 18, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Fine Arts College enjoyed another year of outstanding results with students achieving the grades they required to earn their places at…

Fine Arts College enjoyed another year of outstanding results with students achieving the grades they required to earn their places at universities such as Edinburgh, Kings College London, The Courtauld, SOAS, Sussex and Leeds. Pictured is Head of History of Art Emmy Schwieters with Georgia Patten, who achieved an A* in History of Art, an A in English Literature and an A in Fine Art, as well as an A in her Extended Project Qualification – a fantastic study of the life and work of the Mexican artist and pioneering feminist and revolutionary, Frieda Kahlo.

Fine Arts College alumni’s academic success

July 4, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Florence Nolan, who completed her A levels at Fine Arts College in 2014 and took a place at Sussex University, this week received…

Florence Nolan, who completed her A levels at Fine Arts College in 2014 and took a place at Sussex University, this week received some fantastic results upon graduation.  A History of Art scholar, Florence not only got a First Class Degree but was awarded a prize for the best History of Art dissertation. We here at Fine Arts College offer her our congratulations on her amazing success.

End of Year Exhibition

July 4, 2017
Ed Woolcock
On Friday 23rd June, FAC hosted its annual exhibition, a chance for students, parents and staff to revel in the…

On Friday 23rd June, FAC hosted its annual exhibition, a chance for students, parents and staff to revel in the creative work of the College’s students. As always the day began with a screening of the Media Studies and Film Studies students’ short films at the Everyman Cinema before guests walked down to Centre Studios to view this year’s Fine Art, Graphics, Textiles, and Photography work and enjoy some drinks and canapés. Owain Roberts, Music Tutor, organised a particularly impressive set-list which included some stunning vocals from Rosanna Ross and Madeleine Simpson; fantastic instrumental performances from the likes of Charlie Goulding, Elliot Edwards, Sam Orchart, Henry Miles and Tom Hunt; and DJ sets from Elliot Edwards and Tommy Gould to round things off. The event was a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our outgoing Year 13 cohort, who’s final gift to us was an array of eye-catching dance moves.

 

Year 10 study trip to Bruges

June 22, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Last week Fine Arts College’s Year 10 students boarded the Eurostar and headed for the continent, visiting Bruges for three…

Last week Fine Arts College’s Year 10 students boarded the Eurostar and headed for the continent, visiting Bruges for three days. During the trip students visited cultural wonders such as the Church of Our Lady, a 13th century Gothic church known for its soaring tower and Michelangelo sculpture, and Groeninge Museum, which houses a fantastic collection of early Netherlandish art. They were also treated to some of Bruges’ culinary delights, enjoying a tasting at the Chocolate Museum as well as dinner at the Markt.

 

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