Victoria & Albert Museum exhibits local students' work
The work of two students from the Sands End adult education centre, in
Fulham, has gone on show at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
A ceramic lotus leaf Buddha by pottery student Meilin Sancho and an
enamelled necklace by jewellery student Jane Rayner are among 71
artworks by part-time adult learners included in the exhibition at the V&A, in South Kensington.
The annual display showcases work inspired by pieces in the V & A's
collection. This year's exhibition runs until 23 July.
Meilin's lotus leaf Buddha was inspired by a head of the Buddha from the
4th or 5th century and Jane Rayner's enamelled copper and bead necklace
was based on the design of a 1904 Charles Rennie Mackintosh fireplace.
Meilin, who has been taking evening pottery classes at the council-run
Sands End Centre for nearly ten years, said: "I wanted to make my lotus
leaf Buddha look like something that was made a long time ago. I used
real gold lustre to make a halo. This exhibition is wonderful - I'm so
glad to be a part of it."
A photographer in the physics department at Imperial College, Meilin
enjoys studying pottery part-time as a contrast and challenge from what
she does at work. She said: "It's a very tactile and demanding craft."
Jane, a manager in Hammersmith & Fulham Council's private housing
service, also attends the Sands End Centre for relaxation. She has been
studying jewellery there for more than two years but was surprised and
delighted to have had her work chosen for the V & A display. "When I saw
all the fantastic pieces that other people have made, I was just amazed
to have something in the exhibition myself," said Jane, who has a degree
in architecture and has previously taken evening classes in screen
printing and textile design at Chelsea College.
"My tutor at Sands End, Farah Qureshi, has been brilliant. She always
allows you to express yourself and gives you room to try things out."
Jane, Meilin and Meilin's pottery tutor George Farkas, from the Sands
End Centre, attended the official opening of the V & A's 'Inspired
by...' exhibition on Tuesday (23 May). Jane and Meilin were also among
adult education students receiving certificates of achievement at
Hammersmith & Fulham Council's annual celebration of adult learners'
work, which was held at the Macbeth Centre, in Hammersmith, on Friday
(26 May) as part of Adult Learners' Week.
May 26, 2006