Waltham Forest College

Create Your Future - Open Event Wednesday 8th November 2017

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‘Be Magnificent. Walthamstow School of Art 1957 – 1967’


Bringing together the most influential creative talents of the 1950s and 60s, here at the original School of Art.

Designed by Eamon Everall

The William Morris Gallery in partnership with arts agency Create presents ‘Be Magnificent’, a new exhibition that reveals the history of Walthamstow School of Art and features a diverse range of photography, painting, music, fashion design and film.

Walthamstow School of Art cultivated some of the most influential creative talents of the 1950s and 60s. Leading names in art, fashion, music and film studied and taught at the former School, now Waltham Forest College includes Peter Blake, Ian Dury, Ken Russell, Peter Greenaway, Celia Birtwell, Marion Foale, Eamon Everall, Keith Albarn, Laurie Lewis, Sally Tuffin and George Brunell.

As part of ‘Be Magnificent’, alumni and former tutors will return to deliver workshops here, at the original School from Wednesday 5th to Friday 14th July 2017. Alumni and leading artists including Keith Albarn (b.1939), Eamon Everall (b.1940), Keith Albarn (b.1939) and Laurie Lewis (b.1944) will be exhibit their original work at the legacy of the School, teach classes as well as explore their creative imagination.

Bringing together the early work of these influential artists and designers for the first time will capture the energy, excitement and dynamism, and show the result of access to free universal education. It's completely free, you are welcome to come along with your friends and family.


Catering & Hospitality Student Awards Show


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It was a full house at Catering & Hospitality Annual Student Awards Show in the Mallinson Restaurant. The Principal, Chef Alyn Williams along with some past students were guests at the event.

The show opened with The Principal praising the hard work and dedication of the Catering students as well as the staff, who had organised the event.

Past student and Michelin Star Chef, Alyn Williams gave some words of advice to the students and emphasised the need for dedication, hard work, but most of all passion. He shared a brief background of his career, from humble beginnings to owning a five-star restaurant in Mayfair. He inspired the students to keep up with hard work and strive to complete their studies.

Other past students such as John Modeste, Sous Chef at Searcys Tansley and Lewis Bannaman, who is currently working at Wembley Arsenal Stadium Conference Room, presented the awards to the students.

The awardees of the night were:

Markeisha Wiggins
Juan Esteban Tama Santacruz
Alexander Hillier
Khadija Talbi
Seida Sahpaz
Christina Ayinke Omideyi
Liz Adegoyega

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All photos are available to view on our Facebook page

At the end of the evening, students laid out a spread of canapés and drinks that they had prepared for the guests. Guests mingled and offered their congratulations.

The awards evening was a great success filled with inspiration, laughter and achievement. A big thank you to all our sponsors and business associates for your kind donation towards the awards prizes.

Artist Gavin Turk meets Creative Industries students

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Gavin Turk is an international artist and has exhibited in major Museums and Galleries throughout the country. Today, Gavin Turk visited the Creative Industries department to hand over his official art catalogue to help and guide students into a successful career in the Art and Design industry. The Art & Design students were delighted to receive a glimpse into his art and life as a contemporary artist.


Gavin Turk Creative Arts Visit



Creative Industries students’ first pop-up shop leads to a charity success!

Following a very successful pop-up shop, the Creative Industries students’ handover a cheque for the sum of £462.40 to the Mayor; who helped raise funds to support bowel cancer treatment at Whipps Cross Hospital.

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In March, Creative Industries students partnered with Waltham Forest Council to launch their very own and first pop-up shop in the heart of Walthamstow. The Hoe Street Central shop stocked bespoke handmade pieces, fashion illustrations and ran workshops and fun activities engaging with the local community; all of which were designed and organised by students at Waltham Forest College.

Fashion students, Joy Peters and Shaquay Olowoporoku were part of the collaboration, designing handbags, t-shirts, paintings and personalised cards, which sold out within hours of the store opening. The students have found pop-up shops to be a growing trend that ties fashion and charity work together, and in this style of collaboration, results in giving back to the community. 

Joy Peters said, “The pop-up shop was very successful. We enjoyed engaging with customers, showing our work and getting people involved to donate”.

Committed to his charitable efforts to Whipps Cross Hospital after battling through bowel cancer, the Mayor was pleased to accept the cheque from the students, who had fundraised with the local people to support his appeal.

The Mayor said, “I thank the students for their incredible support. The donations will make a real difference to people affected by bowel cancer”. 


Red Nose Day

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Thanks for all donations and those who supported Red Nose Day event in the Student Common Room. From fun games, raffles, cake sales to karaoke, we raised £504.22 for Comic Relief.

Thanks again for Life Skills, Vision 12 students and Student Union for organising fantastic fund-raising activities to raise awareness and donations.

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