News from City and Islington College Centre for Business, Art and Technology

03 March 2017

Here are some recent news from the Centre for Business, Art and Technology

CBAT Students facilitate workshops and exhibit in the Tate Modern

Tate Exchange became a studio space across a series of one-day workshops for City and Islington Level 3 Art & Design and Foundation Diploma students.

Members of the public were invited to drop in to observe, make and learn alongside City and Islington students as they explored sculpture and textile making processes in response to Tate’s collection.

Public interaction varied from being part of a one-minute sculpture/performance, a five minute encounter or a longer workshop over a whole afternoon. Over the five days, students engaged with a range of art and design challenges: they improvised with everyday objects to make a ‘one-minute sculpture’; combined levers, pulleys, weights and ramps to make a chain reaction sculpture; made wearable sculpture from foam and plastic; made giant sized weave, crochet, and knitted objects; made couture garments from folded paper; took apart unwanted clothes and transformed them into sculptural objects, garments and bags.

On any given day between fifteen and twenty five students were involved, and over the course of five days, dozens of members of the public interacted, made things, talked and shared ideas, with a total of 875 members of the public engaging in the workshops.

Photographs of the events are already part of our students’ portfolios, all over their Instagram and Twitter accounts. Tate have shared our tweets, getting the images out to many thousands more people. Most importantly, we are now part of a bigger movement in contemporary art and design, a nationwide collective of professional bodies who want to be part of shaping the impact of the arts in wider society, and to share ideas and good practise with each other, and with the most visited art institution in Britain.

Please click the following links for more information on the Tate project, and the College's Art & Design and Fashion instagram page. 


CBAT HNC Performing Arts Students Tour with Shakespeare

During the final two weeks of January the students of the new Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) Performing Arts course based at CBAT did a tour of 5 London primary schools and the Centre for Life Long Learning, performing their versions of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘The Tempest.’ The shortened versions of the play were created in partnership with Neil Carter (Co-Artistic Director of the outstanding Primary Shakespeare Company).

All together the students performed to 850 children and ran workshops with about 100. It was an intensive and enjoyable learning experience for the CBAT students who were amazed at the honesty and enthusiasm of the children and young adults, many of whom had never seen a live play before. One child described the play as “…amazing and the play had a lot of fun and drama…I learnt loads about Shakespeare’s characters.” The plan is now to keep the plays in repertory for the rest of the academic year with performances planned at a school in west London for children with profound learning difficulties.


Students travel to Barclays and Beyond

The event took place in Canary Wharf with networking, followed by an initial introduction by the Beyond program manager. There was then the opportunity to meet Barclays employees on the graduate program who were to act as mentors to the participating students for the next 3 months of the programme. Lots of contacts were gained and new networks were built on LinkedIn. The mentors will support the students by linking into the college, with master classes as well as participating in the proposed local advisory board as part of the Career Ready Program. There will be a series of workshops that will each have a different focus, from Building Confidence to Interview Success.



On Wednesday 25 January, FRAMESTORE visited CBAT to speak to students. FRAMESTORE are globally known for their visual effects, creating images & scenes for Hollywood’s biggest pictures and collecting industry awards for films and productions such as Game of Thrones, The Golden Compass and Gravity.

The facilitators delivered a presentation about their organisation, about film and the role technology plays within the industry and their roles within the company. There was also a Q and A session and a fantastic opportunity for students to gain inside knowledge about film, animation and the media industry as well as to absorb the ‘hints and tips’ these experts provided. 

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