Top Art College Showcases Rising Stars

Budding artists proved they were top of the class on Thursday when Wimbledon College of Art opened its 2010 postgraduate exhibition.

The college, on Merton Hall Road, exhibited the work of more than 50 graduating students on its Fine Art and Visual Language of Performance MA courses.

Work on show included photography, sculpture, paintings and interactive video installations.

Fine Art student Leila Haghighi, who exhibited portraits based on people encountered in the London streets, said fellow students whose personalities were well represented by their external appearances also provided a source of inspiration.

She said: “The course is very culturally diverse, which is rather inspirational.”

Haghighi, 33, chose to study at Wimbledon after completing her BA degree in Falmouth, as it provided an intimate setting in London without the detachment of a large university.

“As my next step, I will be sharing a studio with another fellow painter, and am just going to work hard and have a go at being a struggling artist,” she added.

Painter Chrysanthi Koumianaki said the course had been stressful, but that she hoped to continue her work on fictional rock star “Mr Crushey” after taking a short break.

This year will also see nine graduating students exhibit work at the Moving Image South event on 13th September as part of the college’s collaboration with hmvcurzon Wimbledon.

The event will feature the screening of a short film by visiting Australian Artist Kit Wise and the premiere of FIASKO by German photographer and filmmaker Janet Riedel.

Wimbledon College of Art was founded in 1890 and became part of the University of the Arts in 2006. Former students include Jeff Beck and 2004 British Designer of the Year Phoebe Philo.

The postgraduate exhibition is open between 10am – 8pm until 15th September.

Originally written in September 2010 as coursework for the NCTJ Journalism certificate at News Associates.

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