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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.

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.

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