Blake College Student Show: A Student's Perspective

"The exhibition at the Ply Gallery in Hornsey Town Hall Art Centre was a nerve-wracking but incredibly fun experience, an opportunity that was presented to all students of Blake College.

From students studying full time BTEC qualification courses to part-time students who had joined halfway through the year: everyone joined in and helped put up their own creations. The work displayed throughout the gallery ranged from sculptures, videos and paintings to cloth/textile work and photography, and everyone enjoyed the diversity.

The private view itself was full of people and a variety of artworks were sold, one student even had a sold out show! The amount of support visitors provided the students with was an amazing and eye-opening experience, especially considering the majority of students had not experienced an exhibition before.

Blake provided us with the opportunity to use a real gallery for our show which gave students, like myself, a taste of the real world of being an artist and what it will entail. Which meant not only caring about what your work looked like but the experience of curating what and where things were, working with other fellow artist/students on dealing with space and making a flow in the gallery all came with the priceless experience of the Student Show.

None of which would have been possible if it wasn't for the help from the Head of Foundation, Patricia Mulligan, things would of been everywhere and who knows if the show would have gone ahead as planned and as successfully as it had.

To conclude, the show was a huge success and students were able to make new contacts for the future and celebrate the end of the year with a memorable show."

- Puteri Cardinale, Foundation Student, 2015-16.  

College Relocates to Finsbury Park’s Growing ‘Art Hub’

'Blake College of Art and Design, which offers BTEC courses in Fine Art, Interior, Graphic Design and Photography, has moved to Woodfall Road, by Finsbury Park Station, after its lease expired at its former premises in Bloomsbury Street.

The move, which took place in October, was celebrated at a launch party attended by students, teachers and locals last week.

“We’ve always been in a very central location in London but when we started looking round for a new place we found out Finsbury Park was very up-and-coming in terms of the arts with lots of new businesses moving here,” the college’s managing director, Ruth Brooks, said.

“The facilities are really good in terms of space and it’s a very accessible area.”...

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