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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.

 

Lower Sixth Film Studies trip to the London Cinema Museum

June 9, 2017
Ed Woolcock
This week, Lower Sixth Film students visited the London Cinema Museum, situated in the Master’s House — the administration block…

This week, Lower Sixth Film students visited the London Cinema Museum, situated in the Master’s House — the administration block of the former Lambeth Workhouse, which Charlie Chaplin entered as a child, when his mother faced destitution. Students were given a guided tour of the Museum’s fascinating and comprehensive collection, which encompasses architecture and fittings from old cinemas, to the ephemeral marketing materials used to promote the films, to projectors and art deco poster frames and swirling carpets. The Museum houses more than a million photographic images, as well as posters, artwork, and lobby cards.  It also has a large collection of safety film of all gauges, including adverts, B-movies, public information films, newsreels and home movies.  In addition to learning about the history of Chaplin’s early life, cinema-going in the early and mid-20th century, and how some of the old equipment worked, Fine Arts students were also treated to a screening of Chaplin’s 1916 movie ‘The Rink‘.

Lower Sixth History of Art students visit Madrid

May 16, 2017
Ed Woolcock
This weekend a group of 26 students and 4 tutors travelled to Madrid to explore the Spanish capital’s artistic offerings. The…

This weekend a group of 26 students and 4 tutors travelled to Madrid to explore the Spanish capital’s artistic offerings. The students visited the Reina Sofia, the Museo del Prado and the Thyssen Bornemisza.

The image above shows Head of Art, Chris Kenny, giving the students an inspirational introduction to analytical cubism!

 

Alumni Exhibition

May 2, 2017
Ed Woolcock
Fine Arts College is delighted to announce the opening of alumni, an exhibition of the work of former students now…

Fine Arts College is delighted to announce the opening of alumni, an exhibition of the work of former students now making their way in the world as professional artists. As with our previous exhibition, hardware, the exhibition will be hung in the College’s new gallery space between Wednesday 3rd May and Friday 9th June, and 25% of all proceeds from sales will go to the NSPCC. Opportunities to view the exhibition must be arranged by appointment. Please call the College on 020 7586 0312, or email mail@hampsteadfinearts.com. Below is a list of all the artists involved:

ANOUSKA CAVE took her degree at Glasgow School of Art after finishing at Fine Arts in 2012. Her work combines numerous disciplines from etching to upholstery. She runs a themed life class with another Fine Arts alumnus.

ANNA CHOUTOVA attained a first at Brighton after leaving Fine Arts in 2011. She now divides her time between painting and curating – her series of “Bad Art” exhibitions attracted much attention. In September she returns to rural Iceland for an art residency.

ROBERT FRY attended Fine Arts in the late 90s. He is represented by the Gallery Kornfeld in Berlin and exhibits his paintings internationally, most recently in a survey of the nude held at Sothebys, London.

JOSH GLUCKSTEIN spent three years at Fine Arts moving on to a painting degree at Brighton in 2010. He has travelled extensively in Asia and this is reflected in his monumental portraiture.

LUKE KENDALL studied at Fine Arts as the twentieth century came to an end; he completed an MFA at Columbia University and is still resident in New York where his practice encompasses numerous media to critique the way we live now.

GIDEON SUMMERFIELD moved from Fine Arts to Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2013 and then to the Royal Drawing School for his postgraduate studies. He has highlighted the plight of refugees in many remarkable projects including ‘Sketch A Day Africa’ consisting of 365 portraits.

ASHLEIGH THOMPSON left Fine Arts in 2013 to study painting at City and Guilds Art School. She is an associate artist at Brocket Gallery. In August she will be collaborating with a composer as part of an art residency.

 

 

 

 

VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT

3rd May to 9th June

 

25% of proceeds from sales go to the NSPCC charity

FAC plays return leg fixture against KRAN

April 25, 2017
Ed Woolcock
On Saturday 22nd April FAC faced the Kent Refugee Action Network in a return leg of their football fixture last…

On Saturday 22nd April FAC faced the Kent Refugee Action Network in a return leg of their football fixture last year, this time travelling to Folkestone for the match. Although the 6-2 score line wasn’t kind on the visitors (even given a marked FAC improvement in the second half), the game was a fantastic occasion for the two sides to meet up again. KRAN were the perfect hosts and provided a great lunch for the College side following the match. The sides plan to meet for one final game this academic year in June, following the end of the exam season.

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