Aerial photograph from a plane of the Brook Street campus
08 July 2019

West Kent College Students Selected from Hundreds Nationwide to Exhibit at London Arts Festival

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Three students studying Creative Arts at West Kent College, Tonbridge, have had their work selected from over 350 entries nationwide to be exhibited at a prestigious London arts festival.

Lucy Gillett, Hester Cooper and Daniela Morris will see their work feature in Origins, a festival curated by the University of the Arts London (UAL), which runs from 26-28th July. Taking place at The Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, the festival celebrates the work and achievements of students completing UAL Awarding Body qualifications at centres across the UK. A range of painting, drawing, sculpture, video and fashion will be exhibited, complemented by a programme of music. It offers students the exciting opportunity to see their work exhibited in a London venue which is open to the public.

Lucy, studying a Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design, submitted a piece entitled Marine Prisons: four posters designed to protest against SeaWorld and the captivity of orcas in their parks across the USA.

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Daniela’s work, Designs for a Harder Life, is a fabric bed frame, intended as a critique of society's dependence on design objects, creating pieces based on designs that do not fulfil their function. She is studying a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design and will be progressing to study BA(Hons) Design at Goldsmiths.

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Hester Cooper’s work, entitled Phaze White, explores the colour white and the associations with it. Her three outfits are inspired by a different element of whiteness: hospitals and asylums, the effects of global warming on ice, snow and polar wildlife and the cycle of life and death, incorporating flowers and boning within the garment. Hester is also studying the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design and will be progressing to a BA(Hons) in Fashion Design at Kingston University.

Clare Roach, Head of Faculty for Creative Arts, said: “We’re hugely proud to see Hester, Daniela and Lucy’s pieces chosen for Origins. Not only is this testament to the talent and hard work of our students, but also their lecturers Dave Young and Christine Wells and their teaching teams, who have worked tirelessly to nurture the creativity and academic achievements of our learners.”



All West Kent College’s Creative Studies qualifications are underwritten by the University of the Arts London, a specialist examining body. UAL is one of the world’s top universities for the Arts, ranked 2nd in the 2018 QS World University rankings by subject.

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