WCCA 2015

WCCA 2015 A Clear Success

The third annual Warnborough College Conference of the Arts (WCCA) brought international participants to Canterbury last week. The event was officially opened by the Lord Mayor Councillor Sally Waters and her escort, Robert Waters on Tuesday, 14th July, at the Canterbury Baptist Church. She welcomed delegates to the city and took time to chat with the artists who had exhibited their works.

Events took place at the Baptist Church, Warnborough College and the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge. Speakers from different continents spoke on a variety of topics based around this year’s theme of “Art as Illusion” covering art history, the fine arts, film, theatre and writing.

Dr Jill Kiefer from New York spoke about the blurring lines between art and illusion in her opening plenary. Canterbury-based entomologist, Sonia Copeland Bloom, spoke on using art, animation, music and creative writing to engage children with nature from an early age. Kristiene Clarke challenged the audience to decide if documentaries were filmic representations or illusions of real life, and wowed with anecdotes about her current film with Eddie Redmayne.

Other countries represented at the conference included Australia, Canada, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, Nigeria and Switzerland. Many delegates had been to Canterbury before and relished the opportunity to return.

Minister for Defence (Reserves) and Canterbury Member of Parliament, Julian Brazier, ended the conference on a high note with his take on the art of war as illusion. The Conference was an all-round success and plans are now underfoot for 2016.


Warnborough Graduation 2015

Graduation 2015

Graduation this year was held at the Clagett Auditorium, Canterbury Cathedral Lodge in the afternoon of July 12th.
It was a happy and joyous occasion for the graduates and their families and friends.

Graduands collected their gowns from HQ before making their way to the Auditorium to get robed. A short rehearsal later and the guests were allowed into the Auditorium. Graduands marched into the hall to the regal strains of the Trumpet Voluntary, followed by faculty, and dignitaries.

This year’s Honoris Causa recipient was Dr Yusuf Abdul-Jobbar, who was unable to make it at the last minute. A recorded message was shown on his behalf.

Dr Philip Armstrong, CEO of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), was honoured as Student of the Year for his seminal work on Professional Counselling Supervision which he did as a requirement for his PhD. The work has been lauded by academics and practitioners in Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom.

Following the event, a photoshoot took place in the hall as well as out in the gardens of the Lodge, overlooking the majestic Canterbury Cathedral.

Dinner was held at 7pm at the Abbots Barton Hotel, a charming and lovingly-restored building. Here, graduates and their loved ones took time to mingle and network with each other before leaving with stellar memories of a splendid day.

Official photos can be purchased here. Just select the photos you want, pay for them, and we will email you the photos.

Some photos are published below.

Risa Dera's Stained glass Exhibition

Risa Dera Stained Glass Exhibition

Congratulations to our MFA student, Risa Batterman-Dera, who held an art exhibition entitled “Figure, Form and Fantasy” showcasing artwork in stained glass and wire mesh.

The exhibition ran at the Markeim Art Center in New Jersey from June 4th to 21st.  Fine Arts Programme Director, Dr Jill Kiefer, travelled to exhibition and was highly impressed with the artwork. She said “It was a stunning event and I am so proud of Risa”.

It goes without saying that we are too. We hope Risa will keep up her lovely work and bring some of it to our Arts Conference next year.

For more information or if you’d like to buy some of her custom-made pieces, click here.