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Showcase of The Arts

On Monday 3rd July 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, Film, Digital Creative Technology and History of Art. Parents and VIPs were invited to the College for a preview evening and enjoyed a glass of wine and Barbecue in the piazza. 

The Arts remain a thriving and vibrant part of the College’s course offer and many extra-curricular activities in The Arts offer young people exciting additional opportunities.  These subjects also work closely with the local community and have been part of events throughout the year which have contributed to the fundraising thousands of pounds for local charities.

For the first time, History of Art have a display with Amber Bardell’s award winning film ‘Cardinal Sin’ together with a thought-provoking short on media manipulation following the recent experience of the Art History team at the Louvre terrorist incident in February. Amber won first prize for the national competition, Spoke, with judges commenting on “its noteworthy insight, research and presentation – delivered with astonishing maturity for a 16 year old student.” She has continued to blast a path towards her future career: making films on War in Art for the new Art History A Level, (written for Pearson by Godalming College teacher, Sarah Phillips) and she is due to lead a student team to interview and film Turner Prize winning artist, Jeremy Deller at the end of the month. 

The Art Exhibition was as exciting and varied as ever!  From detailed portrait drawings to large painterly abstracts pieces the diversity was on show for all to see.  Some of the highlights include the weird and wonderful installation by Kitty Stone, a surreal  psychedelic exploration of the subconscious. Ruby Clare produced a very moving memorial to the soldiers who lost their lives in World War 1. Not only did she immortalise many of the soldiers by producing their individual portraits but she also incorporated coats, helmets, newspapers and artefacts from that time. Frankie Symonds made a dress with a difference incorporating Tracey Emin style lettering which discussed Feminism and issues of Gender inequality. All in all it was another fabulous year and once again proved the Art Departments motto that ” Everyone can be an artist!”

The Textile show was an outstanding success with the variety and quality as good as anything seen at Art College! Georgie Gerrard  produced a beautiful series of delicate sculptural hangings made with silk and handmade paper. Hannah Chinn’s work which involved garments made from found materials was an exuberant and colourful celebration of contemporary street and club culture! The bold and striking 3 metre print by Juno Meiklejohn inspired by the painters of the St Ives School dominated the room. Maddie West’s delicate and sophisticated use of machine embroidery showed the influence of contemporary Japanese Textile practice, while Renata Lee’s bold black and white fashion garments demonstrated why she earned a place on the prestigious Fashion Degree course at Parsons, Paris!  

Infact a very high percentage of the students go on to study an Art related subject at H.E level. Dan Fooks, The Head of Art wishes them, and all the others who studied in the Art Department the best of luck for the future!

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 dramatic large scale cyanotypes by Gemma Heslop (cyanotypes being a 19th century chemical process); the brave, personal and challenging documentary work captured by Fatima Sanchez; the bold and strong portraits in the form of large paint gestures by Harriet Davis; Hector Pitt and Dan Mead‘s high definition images presenting both large vistas and close up details, and the mysterious objects by Jay D’Aoust and Poppy Leach.

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 based around the environment and the recycling of materials. Featuring this year furniture made using redundant scaffolding tubes to earth houses (via eco one-room starter homes) in architecture and ending with harnessing the power of a hand crank in product. There are is also plenty of design work based around the department’s industrial and product core. In Graphics the theme has been continued and not only can you learn of ten ways to save the world but also view a range of political and social posters exploring current world events and issues. There is also plenty of high quality illustration and digital graphics applied to book illustration, packaging and general graphics. 

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.  In the last academic year 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.  These pieces of work were particularly pleasing and were on display.  A thought-provoking portfolio of photographic work – subject focus = New York – was displayed by the talented IT student:  Rory Burdock.

Classaction are pleased to present FLIPPIN NORA for this year’s Arts Festival, a brand new comedy – cabaret-theatre piece - a gentle, heart warming comedy that follows a teenage girl called Nora as she roams the streets of Withernsea in search of aliens, hiding where-ever she can to surprise them - "Two hours and seventeen minutes is a long time to spend in a wheelie bin.Too long ...." Flippin Nora was conceived and created by second year Performing Arts students many of whom are taking up offers in the countries top drama and dance schools. In September we will have students at RADA, LAMDA, East 15, Performers, Laines, Birds, Evolution, Arts Ed, Mountview, PPA and many others. #classact 

ClassAction will be finishing the year with a bang, as we tackle Green Day’s Punk Rock Opera AMERICAN IDIOT – attempting to stage a full-scale musical in under two weeks … we hope you can come along and see the (loud and brash) results at the end of term, more information at

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, realist drama, short horror films, and sports documentaries.  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 Subsidiary Diploma. 
The Jazz Band provided an entertain 2 hour long set of music consisting of pieces such as Virtual Insanity, Enter Sandman, Birdland, Want You Back and Son of a Preacher Man.  The band was fronted by Hannah McAuley whose exciting vocal performances got the crowd tapping their feet. Music Technology AS level and BTEC multitrack recording and composition coursework was also played throughout the evening showcasing the professional of music produced in the college’s state of the art recording studios

Olly Stevens, Director of Faculty for Arts and Science comments “The students should be congratulated for their hard work and dedication.  The work on display in both the creative and performing arts is first class and a real credit to the College.  I am also so proud of our dedicated staff who continue to raise the profile of the Arts amongst our young people.  The Arts have never been more important as a medium for challenging our thoughts, values and beliefs in the world we live in today.”