On Saturday 19 May 2012 I returned to my former art college to say farewell. Maidstone College of Art is to be no more. The site in Oakwood Park Maidstone Kent has been sold off to Mid Kent College.
Maidstone is part of UCA and it has been decided that in these difficult financial times that it has to go. Around 175 people made it back there for the day’s events. Former Staff and Students spoke about what the College meant to them and how it still influenced lives. The was an exhibition of archive work, a memory wall and a lace to record our anecdotes.
I enjoyed the day and much had changed since my last visit in 1994. I'm glad I went and feel that I made the most of my time there and how attending my BA in Graphics helped me forge my current career and relationship with others.
Thanks to Marian Anderson, Trevor Ford, Geoff Granfield, Geoff Haddon, The Crimbles, Ian Hunt, Judith Williamson and Jane O'Grady for sharing the day.
Three cheers for Maidstone and three cheers for me.
5 Terrace Road my home 1986 - 1987. Here my transgressions were many
Maidstone College of Art
Western Road my home 1987 - 1988 It was a shit hole
Beautiful spot within Oakwood Park. It's now a Hotel
Illustration Studios. I spent a lot of time here drawing and making new friends
SU Bar. We didn't have one of those in my day
Canteen now with added Mezzanine!