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The Best Show Yet

Godalming College hosted a showcase event of students’ work, which included displays from subjects such as Art, Textiles, Photography, Graphic Design, Product Design, Drama, Dance, Media, Music and Film and Digital and Creative Technology.  Parents and VIPs were invited to the College for a preview evening on Monday 4th July and enjoyed a glass of wine and Barbeque in the piazza. The exhibition continued throughout the week, drawing visitors from local schools and the general public, particularly at the Open Evening on Wednesday Evening.

The Art students were so amazing this year that the college had to create new awards at the prize giving ceremony last week to recognise the depth of talent. This year’s show is one of the best yet with such a diverse range of work on display.

Nell Mitchell is a very talented figurative painter who has produced some wonderfully bold painted  self-portraits. Her work was chosen for Next Generation display of BP Portrait Award at the National portrait Gallery in London. Alexa Palmer’s landscapes are so detailed that they would impress Durer! Eddie Elster’s massive 10 foot painting shows that Abstract Expressionism is alive and well in Godalming. Kathryn Brammall not only produces very contemporary illustration work that would not look out of place in a graphic novel but also shows that art can be used to explore ideas such as  politics and feminism. Louise Mc Laughlin has produced the longest artwork yet – a 15 metre long panel which explores the world of dreams and nightmares!  Genny Goddard is a real painter’s painter- her work has a confidence and maturity way beyond her years. 

All in all it has been a great year. Dan Fooks, Head of Art says “The students this year have been a privilege to teach. I wish them the best of luck for the future!”

This year’s textile exhibition showcases vast array of exploration and innovation in art textiles, with students producing work of an exceptional quality. Highlights include Georgia Borrett Lynch’s stunning and highly sensitive sketchbook which shows the development of her delicate paper hanging pieces that hang in front of a vintage map. The piece features small watercolour studies that she created whilst on a holiday to Venice that have been delicately painted and reworked with hand dyed paper and stitch. Rachael Brown’s painterly canvas took great inspiration from the work of John Piper and her drawing trip to the V&A in London, the richly layered paint, wax and stitch working brilliantly.  Molly Frasers delightful boxes contain hand crafted paper shoes exploring the fairy tale, ‘The twelve dancing princesses’, a theme that continues through to her delicate printed suspended dresses. Other exciting works include Megan Hoey’s concept fashion pieces exploring feminist concepts and Eve Oakley’s Ophelia dress. 

The imaginative photography show involved a broad range of presentation styles and genres. They included documentary photographs, experiments with texture and colour, and also conceptual pieces. Some of the highlights of the photography exhibition include the reflective glistening foil pieces by Rhys Ferry; the faded and manipulated landscapes created by Arabella Tyrwhitt-Drake; the manipulations of time by Eleanor Burford; Lauren Thompsons disturbing psychodrama sequences, and a selection of illuminated works such as the flickering lights by Luke Spence.

This year’s Design students have produced a fantastic exhibition of work which can be viewed in the Social Study Area at Godalming College and is evidence of their imagination creativity and skills. Featuring this year; furniture, architecture and product work including chairs, a proposal for The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion and a toaster; as well as some interesting spins on fruit drinks, food packaging and advertising from the graphic students.

The Department of Digital & Creative Technology students exhibited work covered throughout their year – computer animation; 3D modelling and digital graphics.  On display was a 45 minute film showing 2D animation work from all students.  Portfolio work was also on display showing the research, design process and production of 2D animation and, 3D modelling and digital graphics.  Towards the end of their course 10 digital graphics were entered into the department’s inaugural competition.  Over 275 votes were cast and the top three artists Patrick Morrissey, George Philips and Carys Lewis were awarded prizes by their Director of Faculty Olly Stevens.  

In Drama/Performing Arts, a new musical called I DON'T LIKE MONDAYS was performed by the Upper Sixth students, many of who are off to drama school or study drama at university in September. 

This new musical explores the underlying tensions and potential violence in a group of affluent, articulate seventeen year old students. Contemporary and unnerving, “I Don’t Like Monday’s follows the story of seven sixth-formers as they face up to the pressures of teenage life, while preparing for their mock A-level exams and trying to get into Oxbridge. They are a group of educated, intelligent and aspirational young people but step-by-step, the dislocation, disjunction and latent violence simmering under the surface of prosperity is revealed as the students are suddenly faced with a very real danger that could swallow them whole. 

"Pressure. Unbearable pressure. It’s the force that turns coal into diamonds and children into monsters." 

Godalming College Media & Film Department hosted their annual Night of Celebration; a showcase for some of the best upper sixth students' moving image material. The work features a range of genres, including music video, poetic documentary, surrealist fantasy, post-apocalyptic sic-fi and 'stalk and slash' horror. Over twenty works have been selected for screening, representing all three of the Level 3 courses offered by the department; A2 Media Studies, A2 Film Studies and BTEC Creative Media Sub Diploma. 

A Music Concert in the piazza was of exceptional standard and included the Concert Orchestra, Jazz Band and Godalming College Singers. Pieces performed included Respect, Fever, Hallelujah (I Love Her So), Muskrat Ramble, Ghostbusters and Let’s Get Loud. Students own composition work featured highly which included a piece for the orchestra by Tim Feasey.  Students of note include Emilia Pickering who achieved the highest average mark at the Godalming Music Festival, Peter Fenech who has received 5 conservatoire offers to study viola, accepting a scholarship place at Trinity College of Music for September, and Will Joy who will be studying bass guitar at RWCMD from September.

Music Technology also enjoyed a great evening with the launch of their new Soundcloud profile.  Students work will be uploaded and shared with the world so that everyone can enjoy their creativity and talent.

Oliver Stevens, Director of Faculty for Arts and Science comments “Another fantastic year from the Arts at Godalming at an exciting time when we are the first Sixth Form College in the country to be accredited with the Artsmark award by the Arts Council.  Teachers, technicians and students can be extremely proud of their efforts this year.”

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