TONE Festival – calling for volunteers!

TONE Festival are looking for Student volunteers

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with Töne Festival of sonic and visual arts that explores the spaces, forms and durations that exist within and between these two overlapping fields.

We need volunteers both in the pre-festival activities (9-19 June 2014) and the festival itself (20-22 June 2014) in Chatham.TONE image

What we can offer you:

  • Volunteering can count towards your employability status (please contact us for specific values)
  • A free ticket to an event
  • Reference from Töne
  • Per diem of £10 per day


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Collaborative Exhibition by Fine Art students – FA503 Collective

FA503 Collective is thrilled to present a collaborative exhibition conceived and curated by Fine Art students of The University of Kent

Located in the newly refurbished second-floor space at Sun Pier House, it draws together a trio of exhibits that reflect a range of curatorial propositions:


Monday 31 March: 18.00 – 21.00
Tuesday 1 April: 10.00 – 17.00

Looking forward to seeing you
Admission: Free
Unfortunately there is no Disabled Access
For further information and/or general inquiries, please contact our promotional team by email at

Research Seminar – Presents Jean Martin

Tonights Research Seminar we present Jean Martin.
Contemporary art music in the context of film and moving image.

Bridge Wardens College, Lecture Theatre
Tuesday, 25th March, 2014

Jean Martin will present some ideas from his recent book ‘Filmgeräusch  – Wahrnehmungsfelder eines Mediums (co-authored with Frieder Butzmann).

“Much of  music composed in history related to specific activities in the world: It  supported religious practice, dance, dramatic opera, funerals, military or  stately events. Only occasionally music was purely self-referential as in the  scholasticism of late Renaissance music, or the experimentations of New music  in the 20th Century. I want to look at the specific case of film music and  sound design and music for media. Composing music and sound design for films  poses specific challenges. The raison d’etre for any music and sound design, in  fact for the soundtrack as a whole is the narrative and the image track of the  film. This poses constraints for the timebased art of music. Film music can  never follow its own logic freely developing themes or sound textures as long  as it takes. It is limited by the duration of a scene which it supports or  comments. In my analyses of films I observed that film composers adopt two  fundamental musical approaches: on the one hand the thematic concept of music  using thematic Leitmotifs and harmonic tonality. On the other hand composers  practice a timbral or spectral aesthetic which expresses itself through complex  textures and drones.

It is closely linked to sound design, which emerged from the  electro-acoustic music tradition and the 20th Century aesthetic of  musicalising environmental, indeed any recorded sound or noise.”

This event is FREE to attend and open to Staff and Students.
Please bring your University ID to access the Dockyard.

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F.I.V.E Feelings International Video Art Experience – Open Call for Artists

Open call for Artists to be part of an international event.
FIVE is a new international videoart project created by Magmart.
Open Call for Artists_FIVE

26-30 May 2014 @LV21
24-30 June 2014 @ROOM (Historic Dockyard)

If you are a visual artist, a sound artist, a performer, a writer, a dancer, a musician or a ‘creative’ of any other sort… if you are inspired by the five senses and interested in getting involved with this Sensory Experience in Medway, please get in touch.


In association with School of Music and Fine Art, Light Vessel 21 and Magmart.


Open Charity Art Exhibition 2014 – Call for Artists

Call to artists…
London Legal Support Trust and Arts for Justice

Painting and Sculpture Award and Exhibition 2014. Entry now open.

London Legal Support Trust posterThe LLST and AfJ award is open to all artists aged 18 and over.
The theme is  ‘Injustice’.

Following prizes will be awarded:
Prize for Painting
Prize for Sculpture
and People’s Prize.

Download the poster – Call for artists Feb2014

The theme for the exhibition ‘INJUSTICE’ we hope will inspire artists to get creative and enter for the LLST and AFJ Charity Painting and Sculpture Awards.

All you need to be is age 18 or over at the time of registration and not have submitted the work for any other prize or competition. We can accept digital images (high resolution jpeg please) of up to, and including, four works per artist by the 31st May 2014.

For more details go to:
Selected works will be exhibited at prestigious La Galleria between 29th September – 3rd October 2014 inc. La Galleria is just a stone’s throw from the iconic National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.

This is an ideal opportunity for artists to showcase and sell their works to the legal and business communities and the general public.

To express your interest, or for further information email

To register and upload your works please go to:

‘Balnakiel’ screening at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow – Sun 23rd March

CCA Symposium Uncertain Ground: Landscape, Memory and Theatres of Conflict, featuring film screening of Shona Illingworth’s film ‘Balnakiel’.

CCA Glasgow_Balnakiel Screening

Sunday, 23rd March, 2014
Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) Glasgow.

  • Entry: Free to attend but tickets required. Book here.

The CCA Symposium, programmed in association with Film and Video Umbrella, as part of 25 Frames, celebrating 25 years with their 25 selected films and with thanks to the Wellcome Trust, School of Music and Fine Art lecturer, Shona Illingworth will be attending the CCA Glasgow on Sunday 23rd March for the screening of her film Balnakiel.

“Shona Illingworth’s moving-image and sound work engages with the complexities of memory, and explores the intersections and instabilities between memory, history, subjectivity and place as they evolve over time.  Set in the far north of Sutherland, in a place marked by the tectonic forces of military/cultural history, her film Balnakiel provides the stimulus for a symposium on the Scottish landscape and its historical and contemporary aesthetic and political resonance.”

The event runs from 2-5pm, with Balnakiel screening at 2.10pm, followed ‘in conversation’ afterwards with Shona Illingworth and Head of Psychology at City University.

“Cognitive neuropsychologist Martin A. Conway, one of the foremost international experts in the field of Autobiographical Memory, and a close collaborator in Illingworth’s work; Hebridean psychologist Catriona Morrison, Head of Psychology at Heriot Watt University, who is known for her work on memory and language; Issie MacPhail, a cultural geographer, focused on culture and development in north west Sutherland, and a Research Fellow at the UHI Centre for Rural Health and Honorary Research Fellow at The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, and Andrew Hoskins, Media Sociologist at the University of Glasgow whose work explores the intersections between media, war and memory. Chaired by Steven Bode, Director of Film and Video Umbrella.”

Film and Video Umbrella: 25 Frames
CCA Glasgow




Live Music Wednesday – 8: PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

Join us for live Music every Wednesday!
19th March 12-1pm, Galvanising Shop.

Live Music_19 March

Come and experience mixed weekly programmes from our fabulous BMus performers. All welcome! (Music starts 12 noon)
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Nathan Songer piano

Saif Rahman guitar

Jeremy Harley vocals

Sharon Siew Yee piano

Chris Thorpe guitar

Syazmin Saprunin vocals

Alistair Milne guitar

Ray Lawrence vocals

Jake Heath sax * Glasunov Concerto*

This Wednesday we have a very special visit from UoK Chamber Choir with conductors Daniel Harding and Matthew Bamford


Music from 6.30pm, Galvanising Shop

William Byrd:1540-1623 Ave Verum   Corpus 
Paul Pattersonb. 1947 Salvum Fac Populum   Tuum Domine 
Thomas Vautorc.1580- ? Mother, I Will Have   a Husband 
Johannes Brahms 1833-1897 Seven Lieder   op.621. Rosmarin (Rosemary) 

2. Von alten   Liebesliedern (Before my fair one’s window) 

3. Waldesnacht (Gloom   of woods) 

4. Dein Herzlein   mild (Thou gentle girl) 

7. Vergangen ist mir   Glück und Heil (Of ev’ry joy I am bereft) 

Eric Whitacreb.1970 Lux Aurumque 
Giovanni Pierluigi   da Palestrina 1525-1594 Alma Redemptoris   Mater 
Orlande di   Lassus1532-1594 Chi Chi Li Chi 
arr. Bob   Chilcottb.1958 Steal Away 
Peter Warlock1894-1930 Yarmouth Fair 
Arthur   Sullivan1842-1900 The Long Day   Closes 
John Rutter Dashing Away With   The Smoothing Iron 
Tom Cunninghamb.1946 The Good-Bye   Jazz 

School of Music and Fine Art Community Engagement Prize

Design a poster or a sound track for Oxfam shops – entries before 11th April.

Oxfam logo
Oxfam wants to communicate with the UK public about the work they do in developing countries.

Can you produce a soundtrack using a variety of music which can be overlaid with sound bites about Oxfam’s work? Or, can you design an eye catching poster with information about Oxfam’s work?

The 2 winners ideas will contribure to the final piece which will be used by Oxfam nationally. They will also receive a prize of £100 each and the School of Music and Fine Art Community Engagement Prize.

Entries must be received BEFORE the end of spring term on 11th April, 2014. Please submit to

Further information please email putting ‘OXFAM PROJECT’ in the subject header.

Good luck folks!

Sound-Image-Space Research Centre (SISRC) welcomes new member and a new research focus

The School of Music and Fine Art would like to welcome a new member of staff to our Sound-Image-Space Research Centre SISRC. Dr Freya Vass-Rhee.


Dr Freya Vass-Rhee, also a new member of staff, lecturing in Drama and Theatre for The School of Arts in Canterbury, joins SISRC to bring a new area of research into the Centre.

Dr Vass-Rhee’s primary focus is Visuo-Sonic analysis of dance and theatre performance from cognitive interdisciplinary perspectives and is also a member of the Centre for Cognition, Kinesthetics & Performance, based at Canterbury, where she is in the process of organising a visit in later this spring by Kate Stevens (MARCS Auditory Labs, U. Western Sydney), who is a specialist in music and cognition with an avid interest in dance and sound.

Dr Freya Vass-Rhee Profile:
Freya studied Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of California, Los Angeles before completing a PhD in Dance History and Theory in 2011 from the University of California, Riverside with the dissertation “Audio-Visual Stress: Cognitive Approaches to the Perceptual Performativity of William Forsythe and Ensemble.” From 2011 to 2013, Freya was an Associate Researcher with the Dance Engaging Science workgroup of the Motion Bank project (The Forsythe Company, Frankfurt). Her research has appeared in Dance Chronicle and in edited volumes on dance dramaturgy and the work of William Forsythe.

Prior to her academic career, Freya worked as a professional dancer, ballet mistress, teacher, and choreographer with companies in Europe and the U.S. Her training includes classical/neoclassical ballet, contemporary and modern dance, period styles of musical theater dance, jazz, and tap dance.

From 2006-13, Freya served as dramaturg and production assistant to choreographer William Forsythe. She has also freelanced as dramaturg for choreographers including David Dawson.

View Dr Freya Vass-Rhee profile