Girls in the Arts

The arts have always been a fundamental part of life at College and, each year, around 10-15% of girls go on to study an arts related subject at university, as well as many other students pursuing their talent and love for music, art, or drama in addition to their studies. 

Our Guild members' achievements and contributions across the arts are extensive, from BAFTA award-winning actress and director Kristin Scott Thomas DBE to world-renowned artist Bridget Riley CBE and fashion designer Amanda Wakeley OBE.

We are dedicated to promoting the arts across College and beyond. Our Parabola Arts Centre, opened by Sir Richard Eyre in 2009, houses a 325-seat theatre, gallery, rehearsal spaces, offices, video editing suite, dance studio and library, as well as bar and foyer area, to allow for a range of performances, exhibitions and events. The Princess Hall, which seats around 1,200 people, is often used for major music concerts throughout the year and College recently invested in a new recording studio in the Music Department and a new Dance Studio at our Health and Fitness Centre. 

In 2021, the most popular choice among our leavers pursuing subjects within the arts was History of Art, followed by Art or an Art Foundation course. Other courses chosen by our 2021 leavers included Industrial Design, Interior Design and Film Studies. Popular university destinations among this group of CLC leavers include Central St Martins, Edinburgh, UCL and Pratt Institute, New York. 

Below is a small selection of some of our prominent Guild members within these fields over the last 160 years (in alphabetical order).

Art, Design, Food & Fashion
Dawn Adès CBE Professor of Art History, former trustee of Tate, and Fellow of the British Academy
Dame Martha Barber Founded the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
Rosalind Blakesley Senior Art History Lecturer and Fellow at Cambridge
Charlie Calder-Potts Official War Artist with the British Army (2014)
Claudia Clare Ceramicist and feminist artist
Rosamund de Tracy Kelly Portrait Sculptor
Bridget Louise Riley CBE Optical illusionist painter
Katharine Hamnett CBE Fashion Designer
Tamara Hill-Norton Founder and Creative Director of Sweaty Betty
Lisa King Fashion Designer
Janice Wang Entrepreneur and CEO of Alvanon
Nicola Mudie Founded interior design company Violet & George
Antonia Pugh-Thomas Haute Couturier
Bryony Thomasson Textiles expert for West End and film designers
Amanda Wakeley OBE Fashion Designer
Anne Willan Founder of École de Cuisine La Varenne (Paris, Burgundy & Los Angeles)
Music & Theatre
Rowena Cade  Founder of the Minack Theatre
Phoebe Fildes  Actress and singer
Irene Forster  Co-founder of the Purcell School of Music
Celia Gough Musician and Head of the Oboe at the Royal Academy of Music
Phyllis Hartnoll Founding member of the Society for Theatre Research
Shareen Khattar Harrison Co-founder of non-profit theatre company SRT. Co-founder of Khattar Harrison Scholarship, St John's College, Cambridge
Patricia Lord Theatrical Agent and Producer
Sophie Solomon Award-winning musician
Film & Television
Nicola Bamford Former Sky TV senior executive. CEO of International Operations at Endemol Shine
Amanda Boyle TV and film director
Cherry Healey TV Presenter and writer
Alexandra Freeman Director and Producer of educational TV programmes
Ming Ho TV Scriptwriter (including The Bill, Eastenders and Casualty)
Sonja Klaus Set designer for the film industry
Sze Wing Leong Award-winning producer, director and BAFTA LA member
Angela Neuberger TV journalist and Senior Producer with BBC
Pamela Nomvete Marimbe Film and South African TV actress
Sara Putt Founder and head of a leading UK agency for film and TV
Dame Kristin Scott Thomas BAFTA award-winning actress and director
Rosemary Sisson TV dramatist and novelist