2014 Summer Art Exhibition
Towards the end of the summer term, the MPW Art Exhibition private view took place and this year there was, as usual, a fantastic range of work to see. All areas of the art department were on display and these included textiles, ceramics and ambitiously staged photography, along with a comprehensive range of painting and drawing.
Each year-group was represented, with noticeable pieces at every level and in every medium. There was a trend towards adventurous conceptual art, including the shotgun-blasted corporate altarpiece by Oscar Lumley and burnt-out matchstick house by Francesca Weston. In the Textiles section you might imagine you were at the V&A fashion gallery around the corner, with beautifully constructed garments by Rose Sparks and the striking stitched portraits by Yao Dan. Atmospheric prints dominated the Photography display, with illuminated mobile phone portraits by Ollie Fox and the lurid blurred compositions of Mia Yates.
The main MPW Art Prize for 2014 was shared by Thu Ha (Bennie) Khuat and Emma Branflick, not simply in recognition of their creative achievement but also for the overall contribution that they made throughout the course, working in Art, Photography and Textiles and taking part in all the extracurricular initiatives over the last year. The award was presented by David Webster, Associate Dean of CCW (Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts), part of the University of the Arts London. He also opened the exhibition with a speech complimenting our students on the remarkable diversity and individuality of their work and their ability to articulate and present ideas through a very broad range of making and media skills. It was very pleasing to hear him commend the achievements both of the students – who, he said, had clearly engaged in deep learning – and their teachers across the Art department.
The occasion was well supported and thoroughly enjoyed by students, parents and staff. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped, particularly Bibi and Sarah for organisation and admin. We look forward to an even better exhibition next year.