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Kingston University students win prestigious D&AD New Blood Black Pencil award for animation exploring mother's relationship with autistic son

Posted Friday 14 July 2017

Kingston University students win prestigious D&AD New Blood Black Pencil award for animation exploring mother's relationship with autistic son

An animation that brings to life a conversation between a mother and her autistic son has won the top prize at the D&AD New Blood Awards. Kingston University BA(Hons) Illustration Animation students Martha Halliday and Hannah McNally scooped the prestigious Black Pencil at a ceremony in Central London celebrating the best creative work by people under 23 years old in the United Kingdom.

The animation, titled Mm-hmm, delves into the imagination of the narrator's autistic son Joel as he talks to his mother about his plans for the future, when he is a "grown-up man". The audio clip allows the audience to listen in to the intimate conversation while the hand drawn visuals hint at the flights of fancy taken by Joel as he thinks about his future and his present. However the subtext of the short poignantly imagines what might happen when Joel's mother is no longer able to look after him, addressing the fears lurking in the back of her mind....


Acclaimed authors, artists and entrepreneurs receive honorary degrees from Kingston University in recognition of exemplary achievements

Posted Friday 14 July 2017

Acclaimed authors, artists and entrepreneurs receive honorary degrees from Kingston University in recognition of exemplary achievements

Professionals at the top of their field in the arts and across industry shared the stage with more than 3,500 students at Kingston University's graduation ceremonies this week as they received honorary degrees and fellowships.

Honorary graduates are recognised each year for their outstanding contribution to a particular field of expertise, ranging from innovation and creativity to education and the economy. Many of those named this year have studied or taught at Kingston University....


Kingston University architecture student draws on personal experience to scoop second prize in Business Disability Forum short film competition

Posted Thursday 13 July 2017

Kingston University architecture student draws on personal experience to scoop second prize in Business Disability Forum short film competition

A Kingston University postgraduate architecture student has proven disability is no obstacle when it comes to his passion for film-making. Oliver Lam-Watson was recently awarded second prize in a competition set by the Business Disability Forum – which challenged students from across the country to create a film about technology and disability. Oliver's film, ‘Why I make my life so hard' chronicles the challenges he has faced being on crutches and carrying heavy technical gear in his resolve to become an influential filmmaker.

The 24 year old from London was born with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome in his left leg – a rare congenital vascular disorder. "When you are growing up, the ‘dis' in disability can easily make you forget that you have any other kind of aptitude or skill because it makes you feel as if you're less than other people," he explained. "Actually, though, you are often more able in certain aspects because you've had to find different ways to tackle challenges."Oliver uploads the films he creates to his YouTube channel which has more than 5,500 followers. As well as film-making – a pursuit which has amassed him nearly 6,000 YouTube followers – Oliver is very fitness-orientated, taking part in gruelling obstacle courses, known as ‘spartan' races, around the world. His next challenge is the Red Bull 400 – a famously difficult 400m ski jump sprint uphill. Oliver said he was determined to defy expectations and remove the stigma surrounding being disabled. "Growing up I only ever saw negative footage about disability and I wanted to share positive messages and achieve the things I've always been told I couldn't do," he added. "I used to be very shy and introverted but my growing passion for film and photography has prompted me to talk about my story and become more accepting of my disability." In addition to his sporting endeavours and film-making, Oliver's love of learning through making has seen him successfully graduate with a first class degree in architecture from Kingston University in 2014. He is now broadening his skills further on a Masters course in the same subject. "Being able to sit in the studio with your peers and bounce ideas around is great and there is a really positive communal feeling at the University," he said. Oliver also praised the opportunity to access different facilities on campus, which has enabled him to meet a range of students and build his knowledge of different subjects.An interest in photography was sparked by attending a course as part of his postgraduate degree and access to the dark room on campus allows him to work with a traditional camera instead of digital photography. "You have 35 shots in a film so they are precious," he explained. "It is about creating memory, capturing that moment and planning your shot." Oilver's next challenge is the Red Bull 400 – a famously difficult 400m ski jump sprint uphill.Bruno Silvestre – who has taught Oliver on both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees – was so impressed by his skills and resourcefulness that when it came to his year in industry, he offered him a job at his London-based architectural practice. He said the student's recent competition win was testament not only to his film-making talent, but also to his outstanding attitude to life. "I was Oliver's degree tutor and was blown away by his commitment to not letting a pair of crutches determine his future," he explained. "We went on a field trip to Granada in his third year and there were three project sites – two of which were flat, urban spaces and the third which was at the bottom of a hill. It was absolutely typical that Oliver chose this last site which would pose a particular challenge for him."...


Kingston University advises A-level students to have a plan for securing their perfect course place in Clearing

Posted Thursday 13 July 2017

Kingston University advises A-level students to have a plan for securing their perfect course place in Clearing

With A-level results winging their way to students on Thursday, Kingston University is urging students to plan ahead in the remaining few days in case they don't quite achieve the exam grades they expect.

Director of Admissions Dr Andy Homer, who oversees Kingston University's annual confirmation and Clearing operation, recommends students research their choices carefully ahead of 17 August. "Thinking through some contingency options will put students in a much stronger position if things haven't gone quite the way they had hoped, or they've just had a change of heart regarding their course choice," he explained.  "Being organised before A-level results day will also alleviate some of the anxiety and pressure they might feel when they receive their exam grades."...


Kingston's Rose Theatre hosts royalty as special gala showcases talent from Kingston University performing arts staff and students

Posted Wednesday 12 July 2017

Kingston's Rose Theatre hosts royalty as special gala showcases talent from Kingston University performing arts staff and students

A piece of theatre created by Kingston University staff, students and graduates received the royal stamp of approval on Thursday at a special gala reception held at the borough's Rose Theatre.

Part of  the International Youth Arts Festival – an annual event co-hosted by the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames – this year's showpiece was performed at Thursday evening's charity reception in aid of the Creative Youth charity, in the presence of the President of the charity, HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, KG, GCVO....


Kingston University students raise the curtains with royalty and Game of Thrones star for the International Youth Arts Festival

Posted Monday 10 July 2017

Kingston University students raise the curtains with royalty and Game of Thrones star for the International Youth Arts Festival

A number of Kingston University's performing arts students, academics and alumni will be joined by royalty and stars of the small screen as they take to the stage to form part of the renowned International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF). Hosted by the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, this year's productions reflect a number of contemporary hard-hitting issues - including the pressures of life on a council estate and the crumbling decline of the human mind caused by dementia.

Now in its ninth year, the Festival has long been a platform for budding actors, dancers and musicians to flex their talents, with participants coming from across the globe to perform at local venues The Rose Theatre and the Arthur Cotterell Theatre (ACT) at Kingston College. For second year Drama and Psychology student Luke Williams, the opportunity to network with other performers is not to be missed. "This has been my first time taking part in IYAF and I could not be more excited or motivated. It's amazing to be part of an explosion of art and self-expression," he said. ...


Developing country's young talents vital to borough's growth, Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier tells Kingston Futures conference

Posted Monday 3 July 2017

Developing country's young talents vital to borough's growth, Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier tells Kingston Futures conference

Continuing to forge strong links with local businesses, community groups and the council was key to developing the country's brightest young talents – and then keeping them in the area, according to Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier.

Speaking at the second annual Kingston Futures conference at the borough's Rose Theatre, Professor Spier outlined the role the University can play in the regeneration and growth of Kingston-upon-Thames to ensure it continues to be a leading London destination to visit, work and study in....


Designers serve up a treat as fashion collections dress Wimbledon windows to mark start of tennis tournament and wow Kingston shoppers in Bentalls showcase

Posted Monday 3 July 2017

Designers serve up a treat as fashion collections dress Wimbledon windows to mark start of tennis tournament and wow Kingston shoppers in Bentalls showcase

From a tennis-themed parade through the streets of Wimbledon Village to a catwalk show up and down the escalators of Kingston's Bentalls department store, the creations of Kingston University fashion students have been netting plaudits across south west London this month.

Garments by four final year designers were modelled in shop windows, a local pub and even on horseback as the village's High Street was turned purple and green to mark the first day of qualifying at the famous tournament....


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