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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.

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.

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