Inaugural Morley Fellowship Awarded at Student Awards

This summer saw the award of the inaugural Morley Fellowship. Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have been members of the College community as students, members of staff or governors and recognise outstanding contribution to the life of the College, and how, during their time at Morley and through their public profile and professional engagement they have upheld and promoted the College’s mission, vision and values.

Linda Gainsbury 2The first Fellowship was awarded at the 2019 Student Awards in July, and the first recipient was Linda Gainsbury, who served on our Board of Governors for eight years. In recognition of the Fellowship, she was presented with a bespoke ceramic cup created by the Ceramics team at the College.

"You’ve given me a Fellowship, but I already had an amazing sense of fellowship from the eight years that I was associated with Morley," she said after being presented with the Fellowship. "Fellowship from my fellow governors, from all the staff management and tutors, and from every student that I encountered.

Linda Gainsbury 1"For me, adult learning is extraordinarily special. And I've been really, really lucky to have been able to focus so much of my working life, and my voluntary life after work, on something that means so much to me as an individual. Because that means that it doesn't feel like work, it feels like a pleasure. And a particular pleasure has been my association with Morley, and the fact that you have honoured me with this inaugural fellowship is just amazing. So, thank you so much."

Denzil ForresterOur second Fellowship is set to be awarded to painter Denzil Forrester, who taught Painting and Drawing at the College for a number of years. One of his paintings, Boys in the Hood, is part of the Morley Art Collection, and in September this year a new original work, Brixton Blue, was unveiled at Brixton Underground station. The awards ceremony for Denzil's Fellowship is set to take place on 26 November, when we will also be holding a screening of Denzil's Dance, a documentary by Julian Henriques from Goldsmiths, about Denzil's life and body of work.