Performance Poetry Winner from School of Arts

Henry Maddicoot performing He flicked his cigarette at Wise Words Festival 2017

Henry Maddicott (Final year Drama student) has been celebrating his success at the 2017 Wise Words Festival Emerging Talent Final which was presented in partnership with Apples and Snakes, England’s leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word.

Earlier in the year poets from around the country had the opportunity to apply for the opportunity to compete against each other at Canterbury’s Wise Words Festival. Out of the many that applied only six were shortlisted.  These included Henry as well as fellow Kent Drama student Jemma-Louise Burgess. The prize includes support from Wise Words and Apples and Snakes to produce an hour long show for next year’s festival. He will also receive three mentoring sessions with a high profile poet of his choice along with promotional material and the first pick of any upcoming writing workshops that they may be hosting.

You can find out more about Henry Maddicot’s poetry by clicking here.

Arts Success in Employability Points Scheme

Students from the School of Arts were winners at the University’s annual Employability Points Rewards night on Tuesday 6th June.  The scheme, pioneered at the University of Kent, allows students to claim points and rewards for their extra-curricular activities and is registering a higher number of students actively logging points and applying for rewards than ever before. These rewards include paid internships, project placements, work experience, training, vouchers and much more, offered by businesses and organisations, including many exciting opportunities in the arts.

One of the winning students was first-year Drama student Aleksander Angelov, who won the prize for the Highest Scoring Student Studying a Creative Degree. Aleksander has earned a remarkable 1,695 points in his first year.

He has immersed himself in University life, attending an impressive amount of Employability Festival Events with the Careers and Employability Service, as well as in-sessional English seminars with Kent’s Centre for English and World Languages, for which he became Course Rep. He has continued to improve his employability and skills through completing the Careers and Employability Award on Moodle and the Hub’s Enterprise Skills Award Module. He is the co-founder and President of the Bulgarian Society, as well as a member of the Homeless Outreach Society and T24 Drama Society. His award was presented by Dalia Halpern-Matthews, Chief Executive of Nucleus Arts.

Second-year student Jose Miguel Santos (Drama & English and American Literature) was the Highest Scoring Student from the Faculty of Humanities and received his award from Colin Carmichael, Chief Executive of Canterbury City Council. Miguel has managed to obtain an outstanding 2,310 points whilst at the University of Kent. He has worked as a School of Arts mentor, regularly attended Careers and Employability service skills workshops, completed a range of Study Plus courses, acted as a Kent Student Certificate of Volunteering Champion, a Kent Buddy and a Student Trainer, delivering training sessions to student volunteers. His commitment to volunteering has led to being nominated the Kent Union Volunteer of the Month multiple times, as a result of undertaking various projects, including the Community Clean Up, a Canterbury Food Bank collection, a Shoebox Appeal, Age UK Christmas Tree project, to name a few. Notably, he was also involved with successfully writing a funding bid for the construction of an all-weather sports pitch for adults with learning difficulties. Miguel has successfully claimed four three-week professional placements across the summer as a result of his participation in the scheme.

To find out more about the University of Kent’s Employability Points scheme click here.

ART31: UPRISING Saturday 15 July at The Gulbenkian

 

A one-day festival event, created by ART31’s Youth Board (13-25 year olds from across Kent), and focusses on the biggest challenges young people are currently facing, including mental health and wellbeing, employment and education, happening on Saturday 15th July at Gulbenkian.

It’s hosted by Billie JD Porter (BBC3, Channel 4, Vice), and we’ve got loads of speakers and participants including Darren Henley (Keynote speaker, Chief Executive Arts Council England), Dean Atta, Envy, Jamsin Vardimon and loads more. There’s also workshops – spoken word and rap with Envy, animation, dance with New Adventures & Re:Bourne and Pie Factory Music sharing their top tips for involving young people in the leadership of arts organisations. It’s also going to be a great networking opportunity, as there’s so many creative professionals involved with the event, and there’ll be roundtable sessions to meet them and chat about career paths etc. 

As well as all that, there’s performances going on throughout the day (theatre, dance, music, spoken word) and then in the evening there’s the ART31 Awards ceremony, recognising young people’s achievements in and contributions to the arts in Kent. Young people will be receiving awards of £500 to help them realise their arts ambitions. They can either apply themselves for these awards, or be nominated by someone else of any age, and applications are open until Mon 19th June – http://art31.co.uk/2017/05/18/art31-awards-applications-now-open/

Book here – http://art31.co.uk/events/uprising/

Our trailer for the event is available here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb8fpcuQ1Ms

 

 

 

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