London International Creative Competition

London International Creative Competition 2011 is accepting entries.  We celebrate your creativity however you like to express it. LICC invites all visual artists to submit their creative work for inclusion in the LONDON CREATIVE AWARDS.  The artwork is juried by a board of internationally esteemed artists, writers, curators, gallery owners and other luminaries of the visual arts. There is no limit to creativity. LICC has no boundaries and encourages you to push the envelope of your creativity. All disciplines are accepted.

Final Deadline: 1 August, 2011
Entry Fee: £20 Students £15
Prize: £2,000 cash prize, Work published in the LICC annual book.

What: London Creative Awards
Where: Richmix, London
When: Wednesday 21 September, 2011, 7PM

Advertising Design
Architectural Design
Environmental Design
Fashion Design
Graphic Design
Installation Art
Interior Design
Performance Art
Textile Design
Video and Film
Web Design
Other Creative

Submit your work today

An art exhibition with a difference

We have received this email and felt it was appropriate to post on our blog. If any of our students submit please let us know and we will display your artwork here too.

An art exhibition with a difference

Capture Cure 2011 is an art exhibition and auction that aims to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. And we’re hoping you can help.Were looking for inspirational paintings, photography, illustrations or sculptures that we can auction to help people affected by cancer. Please submit a piece of art to help raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer

Submitting your artwork couldn’t be easier, please see our facebook page for details.

Although the exhibition itself will be taking place at the Pimilco Academy on the 28th October, all the action leading up to it is taking place online now, where people are already voting for their favourite submissions.

Last year, the Capture Cure auction raised £4,287 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer – this year we¹re hoping to raise even more. So please send us your artwork to show your support; well print and frame all work donated (where appropriate), and any unsold contributions will be returned. Any contribution you can make would be hugely appreciated.

Kind regards,
Sedaka Charles
(Event Organiser)
07931 531370
In aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Breakthrough Breast Cancer is a registered charity in England and Wales. (No.1062636) and Scotland (No.SC039058)

New LAC Course – Understanding 20th and 21st Century Art

New LAC Course – Understanding 20th and 21st Century Art

I just completed writing a new LAC course for art history (and other students?) looking at modern and contemporary art – art from the 20th and 21st. century.

Compared to writing a general art history course that deals with over 5,000 years of art production you would think that something covering a mere 112 years would be easy. In fact I found it much more difficult and had several false starts before I arrived at something that I was happy with and felt that students would enjoy.

There is a diverse range of work to consider with a huge expansion in media and themes and I know from experience that LAC students are from all over the world, so I have tried not to be too parochial in my choices of work to focus upon. I have selected work that is sufficiently well known to be accessible via both books and the internet, without concentrating on that which is perhaps only well known for its media attention. I have also tried to redress the male dominance that is evident in pre-20th century art history.

I know that many students find contemporary ‘artspeak’ difficult and frustrating and whilst they don’t want to be patronised they do wish to be credited with some intelligence. To many the world of contemporary art is a case of ‘the Emperors new clothes’ whilst at the same time, art galleries and exhibitions that feature contemporary work continue to attract huge audiences. I have therefore tried to assemble a course that will both explain and challenge. Previous students on the art history course have been most gracious in their endorsement of my approach and I now have many new friends all over the world. I hope that the new course will delight both old and new students and not be a barrier to my travels in the future!

Watch this space for details of the new course.

Stewart Roberts


Student News!

Bill Muldowney contacted me a few days ago to let me know that he had been short-listed in the Wildlife Artist Of The Year competition and so I asked Bill if he would write a piece of our student news blog. I am thrilled to have had Bill as a student and I know that he is going to be very successful with his artwork. Have a read of his post below and visit his website to see more of his artwork.


Hi everyone, I though I would just write a little bit to say what I was doing since I completed my course with The London Art College. Also to let you know that if you are doing a course here you are in the right place!

I completed the coloured pencil course with Melanie  a couple of years ago now and achieved a distinction. I have been drawing seriously since (as much as you can while having a ‘day job’).  I have experimented with mixed medium but now work exclusively with Graphite and Charcoal for finished pieces (although I do use coloured pencils and pastel for sketches) .  Recently I had a drawing short-listed for the Wildlife Artist Of The Year (Best of the Best) organised by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.  My drawing was displayed at the Mall Galleries in London and I attended an ‘Invitation only’ evening in June.  For someone who had only sold one drawing before this and started drawing ‘seriously’ quite late you can imagine how exciting it was.

Because of all of this I have also taken the plunge and written my own website (, this was quite daunting initially and although it is quite basic it is a very satisfying feeling. Unfortunately I can see myself constantly fiddling with it !

I must say apart from the superb tuition one of the main things I got from the course was discipline.  Having assignments to complete and having targets in my case  helped me improve at a rate that I was happy with rather than just ‘treading water’.  I have continued setting targets for myself and this is helping me improve more ( I don’t always reach them but I need to have something to strive for)

I hope you enjoy your course here and if you put the effort in you will  definitely benefit.

Good luck

One of Bill Muldowney’s Pencil Portraits


Success for one of our students…..

We have had a lovely email from one of our students letting us know that they won the recent competition we profiled here on the London Art College news blog recently. Louise Broome, who studied the Children’s illustration course, won the Meisha EP Competition. If you would like to visit the Meisha website and view Louises’ album art you can visit their site here –

Louise emailed to let us know how she was inspired to create her design….

“…..I listened to the sample tracks on Meisha’s website to gain a feel for their work and as I doodled to the music the image emerged!  It is typical of my style. The figures represent the band members, leaving their mother tree and venturing off blind into the unknown!     After painting the image I then scanned it and used a digital program to gain the end result and desired effect.

I was thrilled that Meisha liked my design and my style.  I now want to develop a website to promote more of my work, currently my work can be found on Facebook, Deviant Art and Artists and Illustrators.  The London art colllege is a great source for competitions and I completed the children’s illustration diploma with you just over a year ago, I would like to complete the graphic design course in the future….”

We wish Louise the best of luck with her future art career and look forward to working with her on the graphic design course.


An opportunity for one of our Children’s Illustration Students….

An opportunity for one of our Children’s Illustration Students….


In summary, my eldest daughter – herself only 12 – has written a series of short rhyming stories ostensibly to entertain her younger sister and cousins.  These stories are genuinely entertaining – I am not an over-indulgent parent!- and feature as their main characters 3 sibling monkeys.

The aim of the stories is to entertain but also each contains a deeper message around appropriate behaviour in common domestic situations – entertaining and educational.

We would like to enhance the experience for the reader by adding illustrations to bring alive both character and scene.  There are 5 stories in her collection and each one contains between four and six distinct scenes that would require illustration.

I am interested to hear from any student that would like the challenge of brigning the characters to life (my daughter has a view of how she wants her characters to look) and in so doing create a compelling visual accompaniment to her text.  I envisage we would provide a brief to interested parties for them to create a single illustration from which we would select a winning example and commission the artist – for a fee – to complete the series.

My hope is that this opportunity would appeal particularly to students engaged on your children’s book illustration course but I am happy to hear from anyone at the college.

We live in the North West of England but the geography is not an insurmountable issue and electronic communications are a great help of course.

My private e-mail address is through which I am happy to discuss the opportunity or answer further questions.


Nick Davies-Brown.