Visiting Artist Talk – David Cross

The School of Music and Fine Art are delighted to welcome artist David Cross in the next Fine Art Visiting Artist Talk on Thursday March 20th.

It Happened Here
Cornford & Cross
It happened Here 2012
Laying the turf fom Ulster at The Commandery Courtyard, Worcestershire
The site of the defining battle of the English Civil War

Thursday March 20th 6pm

Bridge Wardens College
Lecture Theatre


David Cross has collaborated with Matthew Cornford since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1991. Because Cornford & Cross respond to the intrinsic problems of particular contexts and situations, each of their projects has been different in form and content. A wide range of people have helped to realize their projects, which aim to stimulate discussion and debate on issues of public concern, including environment, development and social justice.

Cornford & Cross maintain that in addition to producing aesthetic experiences, a key function of contemporary art is to test concepts, assumptions and boundaries. Yet while such testing is necessary, it is not sufficient: art practice should expand the ability to envision alternative possibilities, and to choose from amongst them as an act of free will. The book Cornford & Cross (London: Black Dog Publishing, 2009) includes critical essays by John Roberts and Rachel Withers, and sets out a chronology of their projects as a basis for examining the aesthetic and ethical concerns of their practice.

David Cross Profile:
David Cross is a Reader and Pathway Leader for MA Visual Arts (Graphic Design) at Camberwell. Since setting up the MA in 2004, David has challenged the notion of professional neutrality in graphic design, encouraging instead an ethos that is interdisciplinary, research-oriented and socially engaged.
David has given lectures internationally, and chaired events at the South London Gallery, Tate and Whitechapel.

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Join us for live music this Thursday- ‘Little Big Band’

University of Kent ‘Little Big Band’
Thursday 13th March 6pm,
Galvanising Shop

Live Music_13MarchJoin us for live Music !

Come and enjoy a selection of Big Band repertoire and jazz standards, Directed by Lisa Davies







Drums and percussion – Cameron Cole, Sam Nsiah and Emmanuel

Piano – George Kyriakakis

Guitars – Allan Dymond and Jim Lidster-Browne

Bass – Craig Stalker

Saxes – Garrick Wareham, Lindsay Edmondson and Rhian Powell (with support by local player Brian Hatcher)

Trumpet – Esther Kiburi

Research Seminar – Dr Jennifer Walshe

Tonights Research Seminar we present Dr Jennifer Walshe.
Bridge Wardens College, Lecture Theatre
Tuesday, 11th March, 2014

Dr Jennifer Walshe will present her  recent work
She is a composer, performer and visual artist of whom the Irish  Times has said that “without a doubt, hers is the most original  compositional voice to emerge in Ireland in the last 20 years”.  Jennifer Walshe says of her work that “the  sounds I am interested in include those that we hear all the time but are normally  considered flawed or redundant: twigs snapping in a burning fire, paper  tearing, breathing, instrumental sounds that aren’t considered ‘beautiful’ in  standard terms.

I think these sounds have their own beauty in the way that  pebbles on a beach or graffiti can have.”

Download the Poster: Research Seminar-Jennifer Walshe

Upcoming Seminar:
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Rebirth of Music from the Spirit of Drama – Jean Martin

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Live Music Wednesday – 7: Performance Platform

Join us for live Music every Wednesday!

Music Weds_12March

12th March 12-1pm, Galvanising Shop

Come and experience mixed weekly programmes from our fabulous BMus performers. All welcome! (Music starts 12.15)





Joyce Si Voice

Lindsay Edmondson Clarinet

Lydia Andrew Voice

Becca Hurrell Sax

Rhian Powell Voice

Dan Orton Bass

Andy Flintoff Voice

Visiting Artist Talk – Adam Dix

The School of Music and Fine Art are delighted to welcome artist Adam Dix in the next Fine Art Visiting Artist Talk on Thursday March 6th.

The Sentinels 2012
The Sentinels 2012

Thursday March 6th 6-8pm
Bridge Wardens College
BWC 102

Adam Dix’s work concerns itself with signs of communication technology and our own desire to communicate. His exploration and personification of these devices of modern information transmission, explore the comprehension of technology on a humanistic level.

By focusing on the abundance of communication devices in contemporary society, his work discusses ‘allure’ for the user and is further exaggerated by appropriating the ritualistic, ceremonial traits and imagery often found in the genres of science fiction, nationalism and religion.

Adam Dix Profile:
Recent shows include: Yesterday’s Prophets at Eleven Gallery London. Ici Londres at Galerie Silin, Paris France. Carousel at Aspex Portsmouth. Creekside Open (Ceri Hand) at APT Gallery London. News From The Sun at Phoenix Art Centre Exeter

Download the Poster – Adam Dix
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Thursday Lunchtime Concert – The Octandre Ensemble

Open to Students and Staff and free to come along and enjoy…
The Octandre Ensemble

When: Thurs 6th March
Time: 1-2pm
Location: The Galv.

We are delighted to have The Octandre Ensemble back again this year and they will be visiting us this coming Thursday, 6th March.

The Ensemble will be giving a concert  in the Galv from 1pm through to 2pm featuring an excellent programme of contemporary music including Luigi Nono’s ‘Sofferte…’ for piano and electronics.

This is a valuable opportunity to hear some truly exceptional professional musicians. The concert will be followed by a workshop (which you’re welcome attend) which will focus on approaches to writing for violin, clarinet and piano.

Entry is free for staff and students.

Concert Programme;

-Berg: Vier Stucke (clarinet and piano)

-Nono: ‘Sofferte…’ (piano and electronics)

-Webern: Vier Stucke (violin and piano)

-Stravinsky: Soldiers Tale (violin, clarinet & piano)

Also on Thursday:
Don’t forgot we also have Line Upon Line percussion trio with us tomorrow, giving a performance workshop at midday followed by a concert at 6pm – both are in the Galv.


Research Seminar – ‘The Sounding Image: Interactivity in Audio Visual Video’ by Dr Holly Rogers

– ‘The Sounding Image: Interactivity in Audio Visual Video’ by Dr Holly Rogers
– ‘The Sounding Image: Interactivity in Audio Visual Video’ by Dr Holly Rogers

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Bridge Wardens College, BWC201
Dr Holly Rogers will be visiting the School of Music and Fine Art to present some of her ideas from her recent publication ‘Sound the Gallery: Video and the Rise of Art-Music’, which explores the first decade of creative video work, focussing on the ways in which video technology was used to dissolve the boundaries between art and music.

Becoming commercially available in the mid 1960’s, video became integral to the experimentalism of New York City’s music and art scenes. The medium was able to record image and sound at the same time, allowing composers to visualise their music artists to sound their images in a quick and easy manner. Video also enable the creation of interactive spaces that questioned conventional habits of music and art consumption.

The mediums audio visual synergy could be projected, manipulated and processed live and the closed circuit video feed drew audience members into the heart of the experience. Such activated spectatorship resulted in improvisatory and performative events, in which the space between artists, composers, performers and visitors collapsed into a single, yet expansive, intermedial environment. Many believed that audio visual video signalled a brand new art form that only begun in 1965.

Rogers book suggests that this is inaccurate. During the Twentieth Century, composers were experimenting with spatialising their sounds, while artists were attempting to include time as creative element in their visual work. Pioneering video work allowed these two disciplines to come together. Shifting the focus from object to spatial process, Sounding The Gallery uses theories in intermedia, fim, architecture, drama and performance practice to create an interdisciplinary history of music and art that culminates in the rise of video art-music in the late 1960s.

Download the Poster: SMFA_Research Seminar_04.03.14

Upcoming Seminar:
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Dr Jennifer Walshe will present her recent work.

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