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John Jones is a global centre of excellence in the preservation and presentation of fine art. The prestigious company has developed and sponsored The John Jones Art Prize at IAMS. A panel of experts chose eight winners from over 60 Islington Arts and Media School student entries, with the winners being invited to John Jones Gallery to take part in a series of workshops lead by professionals, photographing their artwork, printing the work onto large-scale canvases and stretching them onto frames.
The winning pieces are exhibited in our new IAMS gallery. On Wednesday 2nd April a team from John Jones visited the exhibition, talked to the winning students and presented them with their certificates in a really lovely celebration of this new partnership between IAMS and John Jones.
“We are excited to be working with Islington Arts and Media School to teach students about specialist career pathways in the Fine Arts & Exhibitions industry: professional photography, restoration, precious metal gilding, bespoke carpentry, joining and framing.” Katie Jones, John Jones Director
Huge congratulations to our winners; Hamzat Ojubanire, Tonino O’Leary, Brigita Naguleviciute, Ksanet Emanuel, Alex Lac, Dorcas Bokete, Nimo Ismail and Isobella Finotti.
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Jermain Jackman –A Mentor’s view
Jermain Jackman was 11 years old, when he entered a school competition run by the Music Department, called “IAMS Idol.”
As a music lover and singer myself, I went along to show my support for our pupils. Jermain got up on stage quite confidently, held the microphone to his mouth, and as he sang the first note of the song “And I’m telling you” – he already had a captive audience I and the majority of us in the audience could not believe such a voice could emanate from a little boy! No surprises, Jermain went on to win his first of many talent competitions.
I knew Jermain had something special as a singer, that rare gift only the few great singers such as Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Al Green, and Otis Redding have, which is that their voices have the ability to move us and touch the inner depths of our souls. You believe every word they are singing, and they can make you cry with the slightest change in a single note. Jermain loves to sing! Whenever there was a school performance, or the school was putting on a production, Jermain was there!
Jermain’s other passion is Politics, he does have a desire to become an MP for social change, and he really wants to dispel the negative images of young people in the media. Jermain has a social conscience, as far back as Year 9, Jermain would lend his voice to promote charities, and raise money for good causes.
One of the greatest feelings you can ever have when working with young people is to see them not only realise their potential but exceed all expectations, smash negative stereotypes, and confidently face any challenge set before them.
I started mentoring Jermain from the end of Year 8 until Year 11, one of my main targets as his Mentor was to keep Jermain focused on his education, and resist the urge of pursuing his singing career too early. Jermain left IAMS with excellent GCSE grades, and secured a place at a good college.
Jermain is now aged 19, he is in the final four of the BBC talent show aptly called “The Voice” Jermain has a great Mentor in Will.I.am , they come from similar backgrounds and it is clear they have a wonderful rapport.
Working with Jermain has definitely been a high point during my time at IAMS, and like the rest of my colleagues, we are all immensely proud of him.
Library & Resources Manager
Islington Arts & Media School