Fine Art graduates exhibit as emerging talent in Kent Degree Show

School of Music and Fine Art graduates of 2014, Sophie Dixon, Michael Sullivan and Claire Orme represent the University of Kent in a county-wide Degree Show.


01 August – 13 September
Private View Thursday 31 July  6–8pm

Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery,
Buckhurst Lane,
TN13 1LQ      

The Sun_film still for Kent Degree Show
Credit: “The Sun” (film still), 2013, Piotr Sitko.

Following the success of the School of Music and Fine Art end of year Degree Show 2014, three students have been selected to go forward and represent the school in an exhibition showcasing emerging talent across Kent.

The Kent Degree Show will exhibit a selection of work from Kent’s 2014 Fine Art graduates. The exhibition includes student’s work from Canterbury Christ Church University, K College, University of Kent, and University for the Creative Arts.

Exhibiting artists: Jemma Braidwood, Sophie Dixon, James Duck, Verity Hunt, Josephine Mankelow, Shona McGovern, Simon Merrifield & Claire Orme, Timothy Noble, Maggy Rodd, Piotr Sitko, Diane Smalley and Michael Sullivan.

The Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery is a contemporary space run by Kent County Council to show new and experimental work from local artists.

The exhibition is free to visitors and runs from 01 August – 13 September.


KCC art council

ICA wiki-a-thon chaired by Sarah Turner

Continuing the School’s strong  affiliation,  Sarah Turner will be chairing the first Wiki-A-Thon: Friday Salon.

The ICA is working in partnership with the  University of Kent on their  first ‘wiki-a-thon’ features a Salon with academics, filmmakers and curators. Chaired by School of Music and Fine Art’s Director of Research, moving image artist Sarah Turner, speakers include Elinor CleghornElizabeth CowieSophie Mayer, and Lucy Reynolds. This is a chance to further and exchange knowledge of feminist film and film theory.

Visitors are invited to bring a laptop and determination to shape history.

A closed workshop will take place before the Friday Salon to post entries on Wikipedia.

Followed by a 5pm screening of She Must Be Seeing Things (Sheila McLaughlin, 1987).

Ticket Offer: attend both the Feminist Film Friday Salon and She Must be Seeing Things screening for the reduced price of £12 / £10 Concessions / £8 ICA Members.

More information visit the ICA website.she must be

MAAST system sound diffusion at Farnborough

MAAST participates in the event Speed of Sound – Aerodynamics and experimental acoustics, part of the Wind Tunnel Project

The School of Music and Fine Art’s ‘Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre’ (MAAST) system diffused a series of live electroacoustic,
acousmatic works and sound installations at Farnborough Wind Tunnels, on Sunday 6 July 2014.


Speed of Sound interprets a history of aero-acoustic advancement through a half-day of talks and performances re-activiating the decommissioned space of Q121 and remarkable air return duct. Manipulation of acoustics plays an important role for twenty-first century developments in aviation and experimental music. Investigating ideas of noise and turbulence, and approaches to sensing and recording, this event converges findings in aerodynamics and experimental sound practices as invited artists and speakers engage with the physical uses of sound.


Graham Rood (Sound & vibration research / wind tunnel engineer / FAST Museum)

An introduction to the history and practice of aeroacoustic research in the wind tunnels at Farnborough.

Aki Pasoulas & Paul Fretwell (SMFA, University of Kent)

Diffusing their acousmatic works Arborescences and King’s Cross. With special guest Peiman Khosravi and his 6-channel work Vertex. Testing the limits of Kent University’s full Genelec diffusion sound system installed throughout the event spaces.

Teleplasmiste (Mark Pilkington/ Strange Attractor with Michael J York)

Testing the space with an experimental demonstration of standing waves and resonant frequencies in the unique acoustic environment of the tunnels.

Sound as Terror (Royal College of Art)

A presentation of sonic research into the use of drones in contemporary conflict.

Cindytalk (Editions Mego) 

A set embodying the micro-events of wind flow and dynamics, found here in a push of elemental sources and synthesis.

Dalhous (Blackest Ever Black)

Finding a new soundtrack for the wind tunnel – a live set created to embody the space and its physics.

The Wind Tunnels at Farnborough have opened to the public for the first time, 50 years after they stopped operating.  Aircraft from Spitfires to Concorde were tested on the premises.


School of Music & Fine Art – PhD Scholarships for September 2014 entry

School of Music and Fine Art are celebrating our inaugural year and are delighted to announce up to THREE fee waiver PhD scholarships (Home/EU rate) for PhD students.

NEW phd scholarships kent

The Scholarships are available to UK, EU and overseas students and will cover tuition fees (at the home/EU rate). They are offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years subject to satisfactory academic performance.


In order to be eligible for these scholarships, applicants should apply for, and subsequently receive an offer of, a place at the University of Kent for one of the following PhD courses for September 2014 entry.

  • Fine Art (Practice as Research)
  • Music and Technology*

Please note that new PhDs in Music (Research, Composition or Performance) are in the final stages of approval within the University and applicants for these areas are encouraged to apply for PhD Music and Technology with the understanding that they can then transfer onto the new PhDs upon arrival (subject to approval) where appropriate.

The scholarship competition is open to all doctoral research applicants who have applied or are applying to the School of Music and Fine Art for entry in the academic year starting September 2014. Please visit Kent’s postgraduate pages for comprehensive information about how to apply for postgraduate research study.  These Scholarships are only open to applicants whose proposed first supervisor is in the School of Music and Fine Art. Please see SMFA staff pages for further information on potential supervisors.

Please note that all of these Scholarships will be based at the University of Kent’s Medway campus.

How to apply

In addition to their application for study, all new doctoral research applicants wishing to be considered for these scholarships must:

  • Complete a scholarship application form [Word docx, 55KB]
  • Provide a copy of their CV
  • Write a covering letter. Each applicant should supply the names, addresses, telephone numbers and emails of two referees.


The deadline for receipt of applications is 11 August 2014. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a panel-led interview in early September 2014 with study to commence later that month.

Scholarships application forms, CVs and covering letters (including referee details) should be sent by post or by email to:

Post: Research Scholarship Applications,
c/o Recruitment & Admissions Administrator,
School of Music & Fine Art,
The Old Surgery,
The Historic Dockyard,
Chatham Maritime,
Kent ME4 4TE

Further enquiries about these scholarships should be directed to:
Kathryn Sansom, Recruitment and Admissions Administrator, School of Music and Fine Art, 01634 202962 / 01634 888980