Vice Chancellor 2013 Prize recreation of working practice installation

Natasha Pocock, Vice Chancellor Prize Winner
Natasha Pocock, Vice Chancellor Prize Winner

Natasha Pocock, winner of the University of Kent’s Vice Chancellor 2013 Prize has completed her working practice installation at the University’s Rutherford Dining Hall, Canterbury campus.

The installation by the School of Music and Fine Art postgraduate student, Natasha Pocock recreated her piece in front of staff, students and visitors at the Canterbury campus from 11-15 November.  ‘I have been seduced by the Chatham Dockyard’s historical content, feeling compelled to respond to Kent’s archives concerning the haunting aspects of the female worker’s lives on site. Specifically for this piece I have responded to an article found in the ‘Black & White Magazine’ calling for Victorian women to apply their skills to the Sail and Colour Loft based at the Dockyard. The work is described to be delicate, clean and light work, ideally suited to women’ Natasha said about her inspirational work.

The installation is based on garment construction and crochet to recreate the passage of time through textiles. It follows the same ethos of Natasha’s work which featured in the Fine Art Degree show, ‘Joining the Docks’, which took place at the Chatham Historic Dockyard earlier this year. Her work explores issues of identity and time through textiles, sculpture and performance with a focus on Dockyard-specific history.

Since graduating, Natasha’s work has been on display at the Galvanize exhibition at the London Barbican. She is also exhibiting at the Horsebridge Gallery in Whitstable throughout November and December, with the sculptural work on display for this exhibition developed from her London Barbican experience.