New Year at GKC!

Welcome to the first blog update of 2017!!

We don’t have a huge amount of news for you this week as staff and students haven’t been back for long, but we do have a few bits and pieces for you.


Former Student Visits

ainsleyWe like to keep in touch with our graduates and in the past week we were visited by two former students who shared their personal journeys and experiences with our current cohort.

Ainsley Wilkie is currently completing a master’s qualification at the New York Studio School. She managed to achieve a scholarship and works in the school library and in catering as part of that funding package. She explained how this gives her access to professional practitioners at events and in turn leads to employment and work experience opportunities. It also empowers and offers ownership to students by situating them at the heart of the organisation and its workings.

johnJohn Wright is applying to do a masters next year and brought his portfolio in to show our students and to discuss the application process. A short visit turned into a two hour discussion. John successfully completed an HND and then a Visual Art degree with us and was able to articulate the challenges he overcame as a student and then his transition to the work environment while continuing to make art.


Professional Guest Lecture/Masterclass

An amazing start to 2017 for Performing Arts students

Thursday 5th January, first day back, and the heating at Springburn campus may have been broken but the spirits of the Acting & Performance and Musical Theatre students most definitely were not!

Nicole Faraday, experienced professional of stage, TV and film was in the building, having flown up from London to support the students through a professional guest lecture, audition workshop and Bad Girls masterclass.

She was initially a bit daunted at the prospect of working with so many students but within a few minutes she was clearly in her element; utterly relaxed, highly informative, very entertaining.

With a full house at the morning session in the Springburn Lecture Theatre, with around 90 students, she delved into the challenges and idiosyncrasies of acting for television, spent some time looking at TV/film shoot terminology, and had the students work in groups to rehearse a 1-page script in just 10 minutes – the typical amount of time you get as the writers don’t send scripts in advance to protect the storylines!

In the afternoon session in the Springburn Dance Studio (which by then was absolutely freezing – hence the coats and jackets!) she then worked with the cast (HN2 Musical Theatre) who are performing “Bad Girls – the musical” in Platform 11th-13th January. Nicole had been a cast member both of the TV show and the stage musical and so was expertly placed to work with the cast.

Nicole is an award winning television, film and theatre actress best known for her portrayal of Snowball Merriman, the glamorous murderess in two series of ITV’s smash-hit television series BAD GIRLS. She is also familiar as former series regular Dr Heather Lincoln in BBC’s CASUALTY, and most recently as man-eater Veronica in ITV’s EMMERDALE. She played the lead female role Kim Brookes alongside Vinnie Jones in UK Feature KILL KANE, released end of January 2016.


Paisley Pattern in India

The Paisley Pattern is a world famous design icon that originated in India and was made famous by the weavers from Paisley in the 19th Century.

As part of the ongoing partnership work with India, Glasgow Kelvin staff are visiting the College’s community college partner in Andhra Pradesh to explore how this link can be strengthened. Accompanying the college is a representative from Renfrewshire Council. The Council is looking at using the Pattern as a vehicle for major regeneration in Paisley, including new industry training initiatives, apprenticeships and design business incubators. Strengthening the Pattern based link between India, Paisley and Glasgow Kelvin College will enable the College to support some of the planned developments in Paisley through provision on knowledge and expertise from both staff and students.

The visit is funded by the Scottish Government, which strongly supports the College’s India programme.


That is us for this week, short and sweet.

Make sure you come back next Friday for more news.  have a great weekend!

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