The School of Music and Fine Art “Easter Gig 2015”

School of Music and Fine Art “Easter Gig 2015”

The School of Music and Fine Art now runs one or more gigs every term. These gigs offer a platform for the numerous and wonderful bands that have formed amongst SMFA students (mostly through the weekly Bands Forum sessions that is open to all students – Tuesday 5pm).

Easter gig 2015 FinalMFA

The first of these gigs is on Wed 1st April in Cargo, 8pm. The gig is headlined by Wondermoth and support bands are Beat the Devil’s Tattoo and The Outcome. This gig will be filmed and we’re expecting the majority of SMFA students, as well as a number of staff members, to be there. Why not join us!

This week we welcome ‘Visiting Artist’ David Burrows

DAVID BURROWS is an artist and writer. His multi media work addresses the production of fiction as a transformative process as well as notions of impermanence and immanence.


26th March, 2015

The Galvanising Shop
Free, everyone welcome!

DAVID BURROWS artists#2E094

He explores themes of violence, destruction, crisis and disorientation as structural elements in sacred, mass media and avant-garde cultures.

Burrows has exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions. He writes articles on art and aesthetics and is the editor of Article Press at Birmingham City University.

He is a lecturer in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, where his research interests include the depictions of events and aftermaths, utopian narratives and indexical art practices. Between 1993 and 1995 he was a member of the art collective BANK .

Burrows will talk about the performances of Plastique Fantastique, a collaboration with Simon O’Sullivan and others.
“We think of Plastique Fantastique as a performance fiction and as avatars from the past and future”.

As background reading for David Burrows talk please look at Ray Brassier’s text Genre is Obsolete concerning noise and the idea of nemocentric subject.

This week we welcome ‘Visiting Artist’ Sally Tallant

SALLY TALLANT is one of the UK’s leading curators. She is currently the Director of Liverpool Biennial – The UK Biennial of International Contemporary Art.


19th March, 2015

The Galvanising Shop
Free, everyone welcome!

SALLY TALLANT Visiting Artists Talks Series SMFA Univ of Kent.

From 2001 – 11 she was Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London where she was responsible for the development and delivery of an integrated programme of Exhibitions, Architecture, Education and Public Programmes.

She has curated exhibitions in a wide range of contexts including the Hayward Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Hospitals, Schools as well as public commissions.

She has developed commissioning programmes for artists in a range of contexts and developed long-term projects including The Edgware Road Project, Skills Exchange and Disassembly.

She has also curated performances, sound events, film programmes and conferences. She is a regular contributor to conferences nationally and internationally.

She is a Trustee of Metal, and Advisory Board Member of Open Arts Archive (Open University), a Board Member of the International Biennial Association and a member of the London Regional Council for the Arts Council of England.

51zero Voyager 2015


Whitstable / Strood / Rochester / Chatham / Swale / Len
51zero voyager Tour 2015 launches in Northern France

Whitstable / Strood / Rochester / Chatham / Swale / Lens                            51zero voyager Tour 2015 launches in Northern France

51zero Touring Programme
The Other side of here

Lens, 26-28 March 2015

51zero touring programme, 26th – 28th March 2015, is a collaboration between Maison de l’Art et de la Communication in Lens, France and 51zero Festival from Medway and Kent, UK and showcases acclaimed international artists alongside emerging talents over the three days. Its carefully honed programme encompasses work by British and French artist filmmakers, creating out-of-the-ordinary cinematic experiences of the kind you won’t find in traditional cinema.


IMAGE: Sally Troughton, still from Set Aside 2013

The festival launches on the night of Friday 27th of March at Maison de l’Art et de la Communication with a newly curated programme, accompanied by the premiere of Moving Pictures: Artists’ Films from the Film London Jarman Award – British Council International Touring Programme. Moving Pictures is a two part programme of artists’ film which brings together 18 filmmakers who have been nominated for the prestigious Film London Jarman Award over the past seven years. Each part, lasting around 70 minutes, contains a selection of innovative and thought provoking works, programmed in partnership with the British Council and Film London.

The UK strand continues with Turner Prize winner and Jarman Award nominee Laure Prouvost and consists of three films, one of which won the Principal Oberhausen Prize. Known for films and installations characterised by richly layered stories, translation and surreal moments, Prouvost’s seductive and disorienting tales toy with the audience’s ability to become fully absorbed by a single narrative.

Artistic Director Margherita Gramegna says: “51zero Tour extends its brand of moving-image experience to Northern France, linking the artistic communities of Medway, Kent, Lens and Sallaumines thanks to Maison de l’Art et de la Communication and Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Lens, who have enthusiastically embraced our project. This is a groundbreaking moment for 51zero. The Tour has attracted great contributions from many interesting artists and kick-started collaborations with project partners in the UK and France. The collaboration with British Council and University of Kent in particular has enabled us once more to showcase an impressive programme of work.


Image: Alix Delmas, Lalala, 2011

The cross-border collaboration is further reflected through an exhibition of work by prominent French artist filmmakers Alix Delmas, Jivko Darakchiev, Thibault Jehanne and Richard Negre, along with interactive installations by Jean-Louis Accettone and CabSii.

Screenings of work by graduates and students, alumni and lecturers, begin with a pre-festival launch presentation at Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Lens, continuing across the festival tour weekend at Maison de l’Art et de la Communication and Futur Café du Projet, Lens. These include contributions from University for the Creative Arts and University of Kent, including TEA, Sophie Dixon and Georgina Wilcox, together with established and emerging artists from France, Medway and further afield, such as Sally Troughton, Callum Cooper and Amy Dixon.

Exhibitions of work by UK based artist filmmakers Nadia Perrotta and Ben Crawford and installed works by Kathrin Saqui, Aggela Ioanniddu, Karen Cosby, Clarinda Tse and Hannah Millest, also offer an opportunity to see emergent artistic practice from the UK.

Lastly, the public is invited to participate in the closing strand of the tour with Open Projector, at Futur Café du Projet: an evening of films brought in by audiences and screened live during the festivals closing event on Saturday. To kick-start Open Projector, the four finalist films in Eastleigh Film Festival and Bournemouth By the Sea Film Festival, Steven Dorrington, Marina Morales Moya, Louise Schachter and Alice Gautier, will be shown alongside Ipswich Our Town Competition winners.

The festival, made in part possible by the European Regional Development Fund – Interreg IVA France (Channel) England via the Recreate and ICR projects – and by lottery fund from Arts Council England (Grants for the Arts), brings contemporary moving image to new audiences and provides a fertile ground for dialogue between British and French artists, making 51zero a truly cross-border event.

51zero Festival

This week we welcome ‘Visiting Artist’ Anne Tallentire

ANNE TALLENTIRE is an artist based in London. Her practice involves dismantling and re-assembling materials and systems in order to investigate conditions relating to place and daily life in urban situations. Through a range of media including film, video, performance, photography, drawing, assemblage and text her work questions the significance of the mundane and overlooked, in relation to specific cultural, social, and architectural contexts.

Anne Tallentire Photos

12th March, 2015

The Galvanising Shop
Free, everyone welcome!

Anne Tallentire Visiting Artists Talks Poster

Originally from Ireland Tallentire’s work was seen in a major retrospective ‘This and other Things’ at The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin in 2010. Other key exhibitions include her 22 part video work ‘Drift’ at Hollybush Gardens, London, (2012) and Void, Derry (2007) and group shows such as ‘Key words’, Tate Liverpool; ‘At-your-service’, Technicki Muzej, Zagreb, Croatia (2014),‘Le Monde Physique’, La Galerie, Contemporary Art Centre, Noisy-Le-Sec, Paris (2011), ‘To Here’, Bloomberg Space, London (2006), ‘Arbeit’, Galerie im Taxipalais, Innsbruck and Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork (2005), Neue Welt, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2001) and Instances, representing Ireland, Irish Pavilion, Venice Biennale (1999). As part of work-seth/tallentire, with John Seth, shows include ‘Densité ± 0’, Fri-Art, Fribourg, Switzerland; ‘oo44’ PSI, New York and ‘Sum of the Parts’, South London Gallery.

Her book ‘Object of a life’ was published by Copy Press in 2013. She is, with Chris Fite-Wassilak, co – organiser of ‘Hmn’, a new quarterly sound based test event based project. Her most recent work ‘Through air’ is currently in Winter Garden at Flat Time House, London. She is a Professor in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, UAL, London.