On Tuesday 3rd October, SMFA presents a major Bhangra and Bollywood Event at The Deep End, Chatham Maritime, which features top UK Bhangra star, the multi award winning Kuljit Bhamra, described by London Asian Guardian as “One of the most prolific and dedicated Asian music producers to come out of Britain”
Kuljit Bhamra is one of the most inspiring and influential musicians, composers and record producers on the British Asian music scene. He has recently been appointed Artistic Director for the Society Of The Promotion Of New Music (SPNM) and is responsible for programming events during their upcoming season (www.spnm.org.uk)
The event also features Kaykay Chauhan (keyboard) and vocalists Shahid Khan, Rekha Sawhney and Bindi Sagoo (dholak/perc) from the stage musical Bend it Like Beckham. SMFA’s Lecturer in Popular Music, Richard Lightman will be joining them on guitar.
There will be a 4.30pm drumming workshop, 5.15 – 6pm Bhangra dance workshop.
Doors open 7pm. Performance 8.30pm Bollywood Band, 9.30pm – Vasda Punjab Bhangra Dancers
Fine Art Reader and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Music and Fine Art, Shona Illingworth, is on the Judging Panel of the prestigious Film London Jarman Award. This annual prize recognises and supports the most innovative UK-based artists working with moving image. Shortlisted for the prestigious Jarman Award herself in 2016, 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.
The winner of the 2017 Film London Jarman Award will be announced on 20 November 2017 at a celebratory event at the Whitechapel Gallery.
We are Human-ish is an exhibition by seven graduating BA Fine Art students from the School of Music and Fine Art at the Studio 3 Gallery, School of Arts, Jarman Building on the University of Kent Canterbury Campus, from 26th June (11am – 5pm) until 1st July (9am – 3pm).
The exhibiting artists – Charlene Barnachea, Nicola Baxter, Megan Boyle, Tayler Goatier, Luiza Jordan, Hannah Plant and Anum Saleem – have previously exhibited in their Fine Art Degree Show, Reverberate, at the Historic Dockyard Chatham at the end of May.
We are Human-ish will showcase a number of works that explore what it means to be human, questioning ideas associated with gender, culture, language, disability and technology. Through an investigation into communication methods adopted by human and machine, an examination of the nature of space, and how we find our place within it, and an organic exploration of bodily textures, fundamentally, these graduating students examine human nature and the assumptions, purpose and essence of humanity.
More on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @wearehumanish
STICKY THICK, the annual practice as research forum hosted by the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent, and the Sound-Image-Space Research Centre (SISRC), takes place on Wednesday 7th June 2017, 11am-5pm, in the Galvanising Shop Performance Space, Historic Dockyard Chatham.
The event brings together artists, writers, filmmakers, philosophers, composers, performers and researchers across disciplines to investigate practice as research as a continuing process of invention, and explores its capacity to generate dynamic and challenging modes of enquiry. Now in its 3rd year this annual event forms a key part of the research culture and programme at SMFA, providing a platform for academics and research students to present and discuss their research with colleagues across the University and CHASE consortium, and with invited speakers who includeJaime Del Val, transdisciplinary media artist, philosopher, activist, Director of the Metabody Institute: metabody.eu; artists and filmmakers Ruth MacLennan, Sarah Turner, Shona Illingworth, Tim Meacham and Luciano Zubillaga; electroacoustic composer Aki Pasoulas; environmental scientist Joseph Tzanopoulos and Yvonne Salmon, Chair of the Cambridge University Counterculture Research Group and writer on law, literature and visual culture, this one day event opens up a dynamic space for discussion, debate and exchange.
All welcome! Please RSVP: email@example.com or turn up on the day.
On Thursday 8th June, 11am-5pm in the Galvanising Shop Performance Space at Historic Dockyard Chatham, Jaime del Val, one of the most significant artists/ philosophers in Europe working at the transdisciplinary frontiers of body, subjectivity and the algorecene will present METABODY 2017 Kent – Ontohacking Workshop: Ontopolitics of perception in the Algoricene: Ecologies of indeterminacy in the Big Data Era.
Hosted by the School of Music and Fine Art, this workshop offers participants a unique opportunity to explore some of the key questions driving current trans-disciplinary and practice based research through active participation with a leader in the field. This would enable artists and researchers alike to develop and test their research methods, and gain valuable insight into trans-disciplinary and practice based research processes and collaborative practice based investigation, thus opening up the potential of futurity, navigation and speculation within practice as research.
Jaime is the founder of http://metabody.eu/ – a major European research project that questions the homogenisation of expressions induced by current information and control technologies.
Further to Calliope, the debut solo album from Sarah Dacey (soprano) and Belinda Jones (piano), featuring new works by British composers, being released on the 26th March by the School of Music and Fine Art’s Foundry Studios, two tracks were subsequently broadcast on Radio 3 on prime time Saturday morning. You can listen to what they say here, at about 2 hours 20mins in: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes.
About Sarah Dacey:
Singer, arranger and composer Sarah Dacey, is best known for being a member of one of the UK’s most groundbreaking groups, Juice Vocal Ensemble. She is a freelance classical singer and an Assistant Lecturer in Music Performance at School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent.
Dat Brass, a high energy eight piece brass band whose distinctive sound fuses the funky melodies of hard-hitting brass with the hip-hop beats of live drums and rap, have just recorded their debut full length album at the School of Music and Fine Art’s Foundry Studios.
They perform floor filling covers of old school classics as well as lip-spitting originals, and over the last two years have performed gigs at The Garage, Brixton Jamm & 229 The Venue, Alexandra Palace Summer Festival, Roundhouse, London Remixed Festival and Big Feastival. Their latest release, a live covers mixtape of red hot verse and fat horn lines, went live in February 2017. Their next live gig is at the Soundcrash Funk and Soul Weekender at Camber from 12-14 May, and The Great Escape, Brighton on 18 May.
On Sunday 23 April 11.30am-6pm, The Sound of Memory, in the Zilka Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery, has been organised by The Sound-Image-Space Research Centre, School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent and the Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR; Goldsmiths, University of London).
This major symposium is a unique collaboration between music and fine art and brings together filmmakers, artists and composers to explore the broad domain of acoustic ecologies and soundscape’s engagement in place and the aesthetic, philosophical and political approaches of composers working in acoustic ecologies and artists working within social ecologies where the primary engagement is a form of sonic ethnography. Participants include SMFA’s Tim Meacham , Sarah Turner and Aki Pasoulas, as well as John Drever, Hildegard Westerkamp, Matt Parker, Jessie Brennan, William Locryn Finch, Ester Johnson, Gareth Evans and Francesco Bergamo. More info here: http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/events/the-sound-of-memory/
Directed by award-winning artist Sarah Turner, SMFA’s Reader in Fine Art and Director of Research,the Grierson Award nominated film Public House (96 mins, 2016) which premiered in October 2015 at the BFI London Film Festival, and has also been screened at Tate Britain and the ICA, is being toured nationally through Picture House and other cinemas, including the Gulbenkian Cinema on 21 June at 6.45pm.Organized and sponsored by Kent’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies (UKC) and the Gulbenkian Cinema, the film screening will be followed by a Q&A with Sarah Turner, chaired by Thanos Zartaloudis (Kent Law School; AA School of Architecture and Co-director of KISS).
After submitting two entries to the Mural Design Competition organised by the Medway Watersports Trust (The Strand) 3rd year Fine Art student Sharmaine Kwan was delighted that both of her designs were selected to be painted on the car park wall. To see the two time-lapse videos of the work, go to: http://sharmainekwan.wixsite.com/kwan/design
Geoff Waters, Trustee Operations, Medway Watersports Trust commented: “Sharmaine Kwan has designed and painted two high quality murals for the development of Medway Watersports Centre at the Strand Leisure Park in Gillingham, establishing from the outset a high standard for future artists to aspire. It is with much pride that I write to emphasize the impact Sharmaine’s contribution has had on the improved environment for the centre and its adjacent carpark, which will be officially celebrated and formally ‘opened’ by the Sport and Cultural Minister Tracey Crouch MP on Saturday 1 April.”
The unveiling event, to which the press and VIPs were invited, took place at Medway Cruising Club, Approach Road, The Strand, Gillingham, Kent ME7 1ET and will also include watersports, climbing, orienteering, archery, and a family BBQ.