FOUR Event & Experience Design students awarded paid apprenticeships to work on prestigious 2016 London Lumiere!


FOUR Event & Experience Design students from the School of Music and Fine Art have been awarded paid apprenticeships to work on the prestigious London Lumiere this weekend. The students with apprenticeships are: Charlotte Harding Year 3, Shu Xin Wong (Sushi) Year 2, Greta Pencheva Year 2, and Elaiza Santos Ferreira Year 1.

Described as the biggest-ever light festival to hit the capital, the event is produced by Artichoke, a creative company that works with artists “to invade our public spaces and put on extraordinary and ambitious events that live in the memory forever.” Supported by the Mayor of London, for four evenings in January a host of international artists will illuminate the city from 6:30pm to 10:30pm each night.

Discover iconic architecture transformed with 3D projections, interactive installations and other extraordinary light works in a programme that responds to the unique architecture of each location. Lumiere London 2016 is spread across four of London’s most exciting areas: King’s CrossMayfairPiccadilly, Regent Street and St James’s; and Trafalgar Square and Westminster.

Kate Harvey, an Artichoke Producer, will be visiting the School of Music and Fine Art to talk to EED 1st Year students this term.


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2016 Visiting Artist Talks launch with Jaki Irvine on 26th January

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Se Compra: Sin é., 2014. Jaki Irvine.


On Tuesday 26th January, 2016 in the stunning Royal Dockyard Church, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, from 6.15pm to 8pm, the School of Music and Fine Art is thrilled to welcome Jaki Irvine, an artist working in mixed media, but mainly film, video and writing. She is represented by Frith Street Gallery, London.

Originally Dublin based but now living in Mexico City, she represented Ireland at the 1997 Venice Biennale. Overheard conversations and human incidents, casually observed, often form the starting point for Jaki Irvine’s work. She weaves these real events with fictitious narratives to produce haunting films and videos. Her work makes use of the potential discontinuity between moving image, musical score and narrator to undermine any sense of linear narrative. Irvine’s work suggests the fragmented mysterious and often absurd nature of the human condition.

The talk is part of an exciting series of visiting artists, writers, filmmakers, curators and performers who will talk about their work. Each speaker is renowned in their own field and uses imagery, materials and processes differently to pose distinct and searching questions to address the urgent concerns of our age. Our guests will provide a detailed presentation of their work, share their experiences of making work and also their involvement in navigating the complex multifaceted artworld.

Our Visiting Artists have national and international profiles, many are multi-award winners and their practices include multimedia installation, moving image, sound, photography, performance, socially engaged practice, painting, sculpture, publishing and curating.


Free to attend, and everyone welcome but please book via link:

“Underground grooves that can fit in a Micra …”


On Wednesday 27th January, from 9am-1.30pm, contemporary music trio Skint will be performing and giving a workshop in the School of Music & Fine Art at the Chatham Historic Dockyard in the Galvanising Workshop.

Launching a project at Jazz Re:Freshed, London on January 28th, Skint consists of saxophone (Phil Meadows, award winning creator of the Engines Orchestra), bass (James Benzies, plays in MIMIKA, Myriad Forest)  and drums (Harry Pope, plays in World Service Project) who play intense grooves, rip roaring solos and soaring melodies, all aimed at breaking the jazz tradition and using it to replace DJ’s in nightclubs. Harry plays through Ableton Live, adding lots of electronics and Phil also plays some keyboards/multi-effects. The rhythms come from Africa, South America and Asia and the music has been written collectively.

Says Dr Ruth Herbert, Associate Lecturer in Music Performance in the School of Music & Fine Art, “We are delighted to present another workshop/masterclass with cutting edge musicians that really cross style boundaries in their work. Skint are coming to Kent the day before their project launch in London, so the music will be debuted to SMFA students ahead of the launch! Expect lots of improvisation and definitely plenty to talk about.”

Everyone is welcome at this FREE event – to book, contact:


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