Category Archives: fine art

Shona Illingworth’s short film Searching in Channel 4 series Random Acts

Shona Illingworth

 

SMFA’s Shona Illingworth, Fine Art Reader and Director of Graduate Studies, has been commissioned for Random Acts, Channel 4’s provocative and boundary pushing short film strand dedicated to the worlds of art, music, dance, animation, spoken word, performance, and every uncategorisable combination in between.

Her film, Searching, which she directed, features in Series 4, Episode 5, from 7th December.  For more information go to: http://randomacts.channel4.com/about

The widely exhibited Illingworth works across sound, film, video, photography, drawing and painting. Her work combines interdisciplinary research (particularly with emerging neuropsychological models of memory and critical approaches to memory studies) with publicly engaged practice.  She was shortlisted for the prestigious 2016 Jarman Award.

 

Related post: https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=2410

SMFA’s Adam Chodzko featured in Slow Violence exhibition and symposium from 29th November at University of Hertfordshire

Adam Chozko, 2017. Photo by Clay Barnard Chodzko

 

SMFA’s Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and acclaimed award-wining contemporary visual artist, Adam Chodzko, is one of 8 artists featured in Slow Violence, an exhibition, symposium and events developed collaboratively by UHArts and the Contemporary Arts Practice Group, School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire.  The artists will reconsider the prevalent and far-reaching threat of climate change.  The Symposium, which is free, is Wednesday 29th November, 10.30am – 4pm and brings together a diverse roster of speakers from the fields of environmental psychology, visual arts and business. The Exhibition Opening Reception is also Wed 29th November, and then runs until 20th January 2018.
For venue, opening hours and more info http://www.uharts.co.uk/whats-on/2017-autumn-and-winter/slow-violence

Exhibiting internationally since 1991, Adam Chodzko works across media, from video installation to subtle interventions, with a practice that is situated both within the gallery and the wider public realm. http://www.adamchodzko.com

Venue: Art and Design Gallery, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB
+44 (0) 1707 285395 | uharts@herts.ac.uk | www.uharts.co.uk

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday 9:30am – 5:30pm. Saturday 9:30am – 3:30pm
Admission free

Visiting Artist Talk with Samson Kambalu on Tuesday 28th November

Nyau Cinema (Hysteresis) , installation view,  Venice Biennale, 2015.

 

Taking place from 5.15pm – 6.45pm in the Galvanising Shop Performance Space at the University of Kent’s campus on the Historic Dockyard Chatham, the next School of Music and Fine Art Visiting Artist talk in this prestigious series will be London based artist and author Samson Kambalu.  Born in Malawi in 1975, Dr Kambalu studied at the University of Malawi (BA Fine Art and Ethnomusicology, 1995-99); Nottingham Trent University (MA Fine Art, 2002-03) and Chelsea College of Art and Design (PhD, 2011-15).

Working in a variety of media, including site-specific installation, video, performance and literature, he has shown his work around the world, including Dakar Biennale (2014, 2016), Tokyo International Art Festival (2009) and the Liverpool Biennial (2004, 2016),  won research fellowships with Yale University and Smithsonian Institution, and is Associate Professor of Fine Art at Ruskin College and fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford University.

His recent solo exhibition is at the newly inaugurated Zeitz Mocaa, Cape Town (2017).

More info: https://samsonkambalu.com/

The talk will focus on Cinema and Praxis – the artist’s occupation with the problematic of the gift (non linear time) and how it animates various aspects of his art practice/praxis around film, with regard to his background growing up in Africa and current forays around the world from Europe.

The talk is FREE to attend – everyone welcome. Booking is via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/school-of-music-and-fine-art-visiting-artist-talk-samson-kambalu-tickets-38497857127

 

For more info on SMFA’s Visiting Artist Talks click https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/fineart/visitingartists2016.html

SMFA’s Tim Meacham’s work It was dust at Gulbenkian December 11th

Photo by Tim Meacham

 

Tim Meacham, Lecturer in Fine Art and Partner College Liaison Officer in the School of Music and Fine Art, has his sound and light installation “It Was Dust” on the main stage of the Gulbenkian theatre, Canterbury on 11th December.

Tim works across media to explore space within the triangulated world of experience between seeing, hearing and touching. He explains, “It was dust explores the huge explosions and resulting shock waves that occurred at Uplees near Faversham in Kent in April 1916. The resulting work is an impression in real time, of what would have been felt and heard in the town on Sunday the 2nd April 1916 from 1.30 until around 2.30 pm. The work examines the notion of trauma remaining embedded in the landscape after violent events have occurred and the possibility of an “acoustic memory” allowing one to “hear the past” in the present through the sounds of surviving material and artefacts. 

The sound is constructed from field recordings gathered in the present at the Uplees site, both natural; grass, trees etc. and human through touching or “playing” the remains of surfaces and structures. These collected sound fragments were then digitally layered and mixed to reconstruct the sound of the 1916 explosions based on contemporary accounts including the reported shock wave and deep echoing rumble which followed the initial blasts, which were felt as far away as Norwich.  The movement of air (shock wave) created by large explosions and the point at which distant sound vibration, when no longer audible becomes felt rather than heard and its manifestation in physical form is referenced through a series of dust cascades electronically triggered as the sound of the blasts dips below human hearing.”

Liz Moran, the University’s Director of Arts and Culture said, “Gulbenkian is pleased to support Tim Meacham’s highly innovative and inspirational installation It was Dust, reflecting our commitment to working with original and ground breaking artists.”

Opening and viewing times will be on the SMFA Events page.

 

More info: https://www.timmeacham.space/duster

Fine Art students exhibit work at the Historic Dockyard Chatham to celebrate Black History Month

Two 3rd Year BA (Hons) Fine Art students – Solomon Dada and Amanda Rosette Nsubuga – are both showing their images of Kent’s four black Professors in an exhibition to celebrate their research interests, achievements and contribution to scholarship as part of Black History Month.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham, in collaboration with the University of Kent Student Success Project, are pleased to present a Private Viewing of Black History Month Art Exhibition: Celebrating Kent’s Black Professors, followed by a talk by playwright Junior Douglas on ‘The Contribution of Black and Asian Soldiers to WW.1.’ The event will be held on Wednesday October 18, 2017 from 17.30 to 19.30 at Mess Deck: Command of the Oceans. Come and meet the artists on the evening.

The exhibition will run from October 1 to 31, 2017.  Book your free ticket here: https://blackacademicskent.eventbrite.co.uk

 

More info https://www.kent.ac.uk/studentsuccess/inspirational-speakers.html

SMFA is partner in international festival of moving image and digital art in Medway

 

The 51zero Festival takes as its theme Decreation: Establishing new coordinates, and runs from 27th October – 2nd November in Rochester and Chatham.

51zero, which takes its name from the geographical coordinates of Medway, focuses international collaboration, artistic production and exhibition of film, video and digital art. Working from within the region of Medway as the project’s base, 51zero partner with cultural organisations in the UK and overseas to commission, curate and present contemporary moving image work. The programme features contemporary artists and established musicians, alongside emerging practitioners and students from SMFA.

The festival opens on Friday 27th October with an eclectic evening of silent short films, animations and heritage moving-image, screened alongside live music performances at Rochester Cathedral.

Events continue at the Cathedral Crypt until Wednesday and Guildhall Museum presents exhibitions, installations, participatory performances and a strand curated by students of the University of Kent, until the following Thursday.

On Thursday 2nd November, a final showcase of films by emerging artists, as part of Open Projector, will be hosted by the University of Kent, as well as a final discussion forum, bringing together a mix of international and emerging artists, local students and graduates, curators, critics and musicians.  Open Projector takes place in The Royal Dockyard Church, 5pm – 6:30pm, providing an important opportunity for emerging artists, graduates, and students to screen and discuss their work in a peer group environment. The public is invited to participate to Decreation New Coordinates, this closing strand of the festival, which will precede the closing discussion forum, accompanied by a communal supper from 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

All events are FREE and open to all.  Further information at www.51zero.org

 

 

The festival was made possible by lottery fund from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, Kent County Council’s Arts Investment Fund and University of Kent – Student Experience Fund. With special thanks to Rochester Cathedral, the Guildhall Museum, Kent School of Music and Fine Art, Screen South and Rochester Film Society.

BA (Hons) Fine Art 3rd year interim show in Rochester during December

“Embodiment” Luiza Jord,. 2016

 

From 8th December – 13th December, BA (Hons) Fine Art 3rd year students will again be holding their annual interim show in the historic Chatham house on Rochester high street. The building, a Georgian brewery in the process of being restored, offers a series of extraordinary spaces over 3 floors, some undisturbed for decades. They include an intact 18th century wine cellar, a family chapel and grand formal staircase.

Working with the project manager, students apply their practice to propose, create and install work in response to the unique environment of the building, with work ranging from performance, sound and projection to installation and painting.

Last year’s show attracted over 200 visitors to the private view alone and grants 3rd year students a valuable opportunity to take their work into the “real” world beyond their studios. Working as a group, students curate, manage the budget and publicise the show gaining experience of a public audience and of working together in preparation for their final exhibition and degree show in May.

This year’s show opens on Friday 8th December running until Wednesday 13th December open to the public 11am to 4pm.

Venue: Chatham House, High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1DA

SMFA’s Sarah Turner in panel discussion at Nottingham Contemporary 12th October

Public House, 2016

 

Sarah Turner, Director of Research and Reader in Fine Art in the School of Music and Fine Art, is at the Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB participating in a panel discussion on 12th October, 6.30-8.30pm as part of the tour for her acclaimed film Public House, which is screening there 13-15th October.

More info:
http://nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/sarah-turner-public-house-discussion

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/sarah-turner-public-house-screening

 

Related post: https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=1722

Join our SMFA music groups in Medway!

 

A fabulous selection of ensembles are up & running at University of Kent (Medway) this year. We’re lucky to be in close range of London, so top performers and teachers come down to coach our groups. Importantly, lots are OPEN TO ALL – students, staff & the broader community. You can simply turn up on the day and try a group out. Advisable though to ring ahead for venue details 01634 888980 or email MFAReception@kent.ac.uk
Nearly all ensembles are open to everyone. All groups offer free taster sessions.

Note: Although you are welcome to simply turn up on the day we would advise ringing or emailing the SMFA reception, just so we know you’re coming and can direct you to the right space!

T: 01634 888980 Email: MFAReception@kent.ac.uk

 

SMFA Pop, Rock & Soul Choir 

TIME:  12-1pm   FRIDAYS. VENUE: THE GALVANISING SHOP BACK SPACE – Historic Dockyard, Chatham. OPEN TO ALL
The Pop, Rock & Soul Choir is led by choir director and vocal coach Kelly Fraser, Deputy Head of Vocals at BIMM,  who is currently working on this year’s X Factor.
http://www.bimm.co.uk/study/tutors/london/kelly-fraser/

Kelly writes: “The choir works together to create vibey, innovative arrangements of existing Popular Music repertoire. The sessions are open to all & guaranteed to be up-lifting!”

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with one of the top names in the music business. Don’t miss out!! ALL singers are strongly encouraged to attend.
https://www.songbirdsessions.com/

World Percussion Ensemble

TIME:  12-2pm   MONDAYS. VENUE: THE GALVANISING SHOP BACK SPACE
Our World Percussion Ensemble is led by Stephen Hiscock, founder of one of the world’s most innovative percussion groups – Ensemble Bash. Stephen studied in Ghana and has premiered works from Steve Reich to Django Bates. Djembes are at the core of this group – but plenty of other wonderful instruments from around the world besides!
http://www.stephenhiscock.com/

Improvisation & Advanced Improvisation Ensembles

TIME:  3-5pm   WEDNESDAYS. VENUE: THE GALVANISING SHOP BACK SPACE
The improvisation groups tackle all the important information for those wanting to explore their music in new ways, find fresh ideas for composition or bust out those face-melting solos. Over the year we’ll be exploring how to build those killer improvs, work well as a band and more as we improvise through pop, jazz and classical repertoire allowing you the chance to bring your ideas to the table. Multi-award winning sax player, arranger, composer and educator Phil Meadows (Engines Orchestra Founder) takes the groups through their paces. (Advanced group by invitation only.)
http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk/

Little Big Band

TIME:  4-5pm   THURSDAYS. VENUE: THE GALVANISING SHOP BACK SPACE
Little Big Band is led by jazz and rock lead guitarist Lisa Davies. Line- up is rhythm section plus horns, flutes – and any other front-line instrumentalists that fancy joining in! A very friendly group covering jazz standards, rock and pop repertoire.
http://lisadaviesbigband.wixsite.com/bigband/lisa-guitar

Chamber Music Forum

Time: 1pm WEDNESDAYS. VENUE: THE GALVANISING SHOP BACK SPACE
Interested in duos, trios, quartets, quintets, usual and unusual combinations of instruments?  Chamber Music Forum could be for you. Music ranges from Baroque to Tango to Klezmer, including works by Khachaturian, Piazzolla, and Shostakovich. *Composers:  – get your small ensemble work performed! Dr Ruth Herbert, Music Lecturer, Head of Performance & founder member of TableMusic ensemble,  coaches these groups.
http://www.tablemusic.co.uk/

Strings Group

Time: 11am Mondays. VENUE: THE GALVANISING SHOP BACK SPACE
In the Strings Group, contemporary specialist violinist   Dr Stelios Chatziiosifidis works on the basics of string sound production, while enhancing players’ overall technical skills in different bowings, sound blending and sound projection. The emphasis is on practising difficult sections of the orchestral works, but other repertoire will be briefly explored.
http://www.festivalchamberorchestra.co.uk/stelios-chatziiosifidis/

Band Forum

Time: 5-9pm Tuesdays. VENUE: THE GALVANISING SHOP BACK SPACE & PODS
Band Forum is coached by Dr Rich Perks, Lecturer in Popular Music who has toured internationally with a range of bands – currently Ali Azimi and the Need, also leading the Diaspora Arts Connection World Music project 2017 in San Francisco. Predominantly geared towards first year undergraduates (though not exclusively!), Band Forum provides an opportunity for students to form bands and rehearse, whilst gaining advice and guidance from an experienced practitioner. There will be several department-led gigs throughout the academic year at which BF participants will be encouraged to showcase their work.
http://richperks.net/

University of Kent (Medway) Choir and Band

Time: 5-6pm WEDNESDAYS. VENUE: THE GALVANISING SHOP BACK SPACE & PODS
Compulsory for BMus students, open to everyone at the University of Kent and a lot of fun. The University Choir and Band take on different projects each year. From the complete B Side of the Beatle’s Abbey Road to Haydn’s Nelson Mass. This year’s focus includes Queen’s iconic 1975 album A Night At The Opera, featuring choir and rock ensemble. Directed by University of Kent music performance lecturers Dr Rich Perks and Dr Ruth Herbert.

The Zorn Project

Time: 6-7pm WEDNESDAYS. VENUE: THE GALVANISING SHOP BACK SPACE
An ever expanding ensemble with a richly varied line-up (all instruments welcome) entirely focused this year on John Zorn’s Cobra. Cobra is a directed ensemble piece that will never sound the same twice. Elements of live direction, combined with free improvisation, allow the piece to be either idiomatically ‘free’ or to traverse genres seamlessly. It is crazy sounding at first, but trust us, this can (and will!) be a LOT of fun! Directed by Dr Rich Perks & assisted by Dr Ruth Herbert.

University of Kent (Medway) Chamber Orchestra

Time: 7-9pm WEDNESDAYS. VENUE:  THE ROYAL DOCKYARD CHURCH & GALVANISING SHOP BACK SPACE
Chamber Orchestra, directed by Dr Stelios Chatziiosifidis, provides a chance to explore the full breadth of the orchestral sound and familiarise yourself with different styles of performance, ranging from classical, baroque to pop. The discipline of orchestral playing, involving attentive ensemble playing and awareness of other parts, is a great way to advance your musical skills.

Guitar Ensemble

Time: 11:00 – 12:00  FRIDAYS. VENUE:  THE GALVANISING SHOP BACK SPACE
Guitar Ensemble is directed by renowned guitarist James Woodrow, member of the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, Icebreaker and Lontano. The group work on a wide variety of material, most recently performing Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint.
http://www.a-change-of-light.com/site/james_woodrow.htm

Two SMFA Fine Art students in first stage of 2017 Platform Awards

Luiza Jordan, 2017

 

The School of Music and Fine Art again has 2 Fine Art graduates through to the first stage of the Platform graduate award exhibition at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate. This year Luiza Jordan and Tayler Goatier have been selected and their work is exhibited at the Turner from Fri 15 September – Sun 5 November
https://www.turnercontemporary.org/exhibitions/platform

Tayler Goatier, 2017

 

The winners of the first round going through to the final will be announced at a special event on Tuesday 24th October at the Gallery. In the 5 year existence of the Platform Graduate Award, fine art students from SMFA have won the final award twice, in 2015 and 2017.  The award includes all the major fine art art degree courses in the South East of England outside London. This is a spectacular achievement!

Further Information
Platform 2017 media release
Platform 2017 artists information
Platform 2017 story in a-n

 

Luiza Jordan
Luiza works with space and architecture and explores the uses of material in relation to gender. Large immersive clusters of material evolve in raw, organic processes as her interventions attempt to find hidden connections between materials, spaces, buildings and architecture. By using places of transition, and situating her work in spaces with industrial and institutional sensibilities, she injects a sense of new, feminine, unbound and constantly mutating life.

You can follow Luiza on Instagram here. And see her portfolio on her website.

Tayler Goatier
“Delicacy. A fragile object or an expensive cuisine. Both spheres colliding, creating both the beautiful and the brittle.”

Tayler  works primarily in sculpture and installation. Being diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones Disease) at the age of 1, Goatier spent the majority of her childhood in hospital making art. Her current practice explores disability. Using herself as her main source of research, she explains the physicality of her condition by using meringues as a metaphor for her fragility and constant reconstruction to her own skeleton.

Tayler is also a food blogger. Her recent exhibitions include Reverberate, The University of Kent, 2017 and WE ARE HUMAN-ISH, Canterbury, 2017.