The Big Draw: Exploring London Life though Art
On Saturday 16th February 2019 local Camden residents and college learners were invited to come and join Foundation Diploma and Childcare learners in the production of a huge collaborative drawing depicting London life in all its diversity. This event was part of the International Big Draw festival ((click here for more Big Draw info)
The piece starts at the top with prominent and well known London landmarks, what everyone would think of when thinking of London, but then moves down in to local landmarks and portraits of individual’s living spaces: Our local London. The image finishes with self-portraits of the participants showing the range of individuals who make up London Life at the college.
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the final piece close up:
and some pictures from the day:
Neil Pittaway, out drawing, painting and printing tutor is interviewed here:
Celebrating International Women’s Day
8 March 7pm
Lucy Popescu presents an eve of readings with acclaimed international authors Martina Evans, Wioletta Greg, Xiaolu Guo, Michèle Roberts and Meike Ziervogel
Martina Evans is an Irish poet, novelist and teacher. She grew up in County Cork in a country pub, shop and petrol station and is the youngest of ten children. She is the author of ten books of prose and poetry. She will be reading from her latest collection The Windows of Graceland, New & Selected Poems published by Carcanet in May 2016.
Wioletta Greg is a Polish writer and poet. In 2006, she left her country and moved to the UK. She has published six poetry volumes. Finite Formulae & Theories of Chance (Arc Publications, 2014) was shortlisted for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. She will be reading from her novella Swallowing Mercury, which spans her childhood and growing up in Communist Poland.
Xiaolu Guo was born in south China. She studied film at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before she moved to London in 2002. Her first novel written in English, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, published in 2008, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. She will be reading from her memoir Once Upon a Time in the East.
Michèle Roberts is the author of thirteen highly acclaimed novels. She has also published poetry, short stories and essays. Half-English and half-French, Michèle lives in London. She is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She will be reading from her latest novel The Walworth Beauty published by Bloomsbury in April 2017. Exclusive early editions will be avail to buy on the night.
Meike Ziervogel grew up in Germany and came to Britain in 1986. Her debut novel Magda was chosen as the 2013 Book of the Year in the Irish Times, Observer and Guardian. Clara’s Daughter (2014) and Kauthar (2015), were published to widespread acclaim. She will be reading from her latest novel, The Photographer, to be published in May 2017. Exclusive early editions will be avail to buy on the night.
Tickets cost £5.00 (include a glass of wine) and are available online https://www.waterstones.com/events/celebrating-international-women-s-day/london-piccadillyand in store. Any questions or queries please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 02078512400
Don’t forget readings from A Country of Refuge on Friday 24 February 7pm
Best First Novel Award: shortlisted writers in association with The Authors’ Club on Thursday 25 May 7pm
A Christmas present to Members of Parliament hopes to change the tone of the debate on refugees and seeks a more compassionate response to a worldwide problem.
On Tuesday 13th December 2016 from 11.15 – 1pm at an event in the House of Commons, MPs will be given a copy of A Country of Refuge. This book, edited by human rights activist and writer Lucy Popescu, includes newly commissioned fiction, memoir, poetry and essays by celebrated writers and is intended “to make a positive and vital contribution to the national debate and to foster a kinder attitude towards our fellow humans who are fleeing violence, persecution, poverty or intolerance”.
The event will be supported by Lord Dubs, himself a child refugee who fled the Nazis, many of the writers who have contributed to the book, concerned individuals and refugees. The writers attending include Nick Barlay, Sebastian Barry, Amanda Craig, Sue Gee, AL Kennedy, Marina Lewycka, Hubert Moore, Courttia Newland, Katharine Quarmby, Noo Saro Wiwa, Joan Smith and Roma Tearne.
Says Michaela Fyson “On Sunday 16 October I opened A Country of Refuge which I had just bought.The book immediately struck a chord with me and I felt I must act. Friends came up with the idea of sending a copy to every MP, regardless of party, to read over the Christmas recess. The idea took off and we raised the money to buy the books (with a generous discount from publisher Unbound). We hope that this will influence MPs to address solutions both at home and internationally in a more positive and humane way
Throughout history people have been forced to flee their homes and we are proud of Britain’s record in providing support and refuge. We believe that our strength is reflected in the way we care for the weakest, amongst whom refugees are perhaps the most vulnerable. We are all demeaned if we fail to act.”
The Sketch-booking course started this term and is designed to assist learners in developing skills in idea development and research that can be utilized in their creative practice on other courses or in their own work. Using a sketchbook is a skill used by creative practitioners across the creative industries and supports your work in a unique and special way, come and find out how!
What this terms learners are saying:
Using a sketchbook to develop a drawing and painting daily practice has helped me understand my inner artist self
I have used what in this class in my other classes as a foundation.
The class helped me overcome my fear of drawing
We’ve learnt lots of useful skills alongside developing our own style.
I finally understand what a sketchbook is really for…. Understanding me!!
The course runs on a Wednesday evening with tutor Dolly Tompsett and is taking enrollments for after Christmas NOW!!
Here are some lovely images from our NEW Mixed Media Image making course that runs on a Thursday morning. (The next course starts in january: MIXMED01B)
An exciting departure from observational painting and drawing for some of our learners!
Here are some lovely images from our watercolour class that runs on a Thursday evening with tutor Neil Pittaway. If you would like to enroll you can do so here