Art Installations from MA Fine Art students in Medway Thursday 31 March!


At 6.30pm on Thursday 31 March don’t miss the opportunity to experience art installations from MA Fine Art students Sophie Brown and Mandeep Mangat at Medway Adult & Community Learning Service  in Rochester.

Stretching across the space, lying under a ceiling of stretched fabric and linking the entrances of the room with a fabric tunnel, Brown and Mangat explore the way in which the viewer can move through the space by inviting the participant to squeeze through the tunnel to encounter projections of slugs crossing over the meridian line. 

Sitting at eye level the viewer will find the perception of surface between floor and ceiling to be altered through the fabric.

Under and Over is FREE and everyone is welcome!

Instagram Photo Competition for #smfacreatives!

What is the competition?
The School of Music and Fine Art is located in the unique setting of the breathtaking Historic Dockyard Chatham, so we want you to get creative! Take a photo of our campus, the facilities, you and your mates jamming in a practice room. The choice is yours! Post it on Instagram, tag us (@UniKentMFA) and remember to use the hashtag: #smfacreative.

Up for grabs is a £20 Amazon voucher for the winner, and two £10 Amazon vouchers for two runners up. We’ll also post the winning images on all of our social media. So, #getsnapping!

We’ve just got a few terms and conditions that you must agree to in order to enter this competition.

  • The competition is only open to registered students at the University of Kent. Students on any campus are welcome to enter.
  • The Promoter of the competition is the University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ.
  • Prizes:
    x1 £20 Amazon UK Gift Voucher.
    x2 £10 Amazon UK Gift Vouchers.
    The prizes are as stated, not transferrable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.
  • Proof of student status may be required before the handover of the prize.
  • All entries must be made directly by the person entering the competition, and entries made using automated methods will be made void.
  • You must use the hashtag #smfacreative and tag our Instagram account @UniKentMFA otherwise your entry will not count.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, delayed, corrupted or due to computer error in transit.
  • The promoters reserve the right to amend or alter the terms of the competition, and reject entries that are not entering into the spirit of the competition.
  • The winners consent to the use of their name, likeness and winning entry, and will co-operate with any other reasonable request by the University of Kent relating to any post-winning publicity. You are granting the Promoter an irrevocable, royalty free worldwide license to use your winning entry in any reasonable way.
  • You must ensure if there are people in the image that you have permission to use them in the photo.
  • The prize will be awarded by a team of judges, selected by the Promoter. Their decision is final, and no discussion will be entered into.
  • Amazon Inc. does not endorse and is not affiliated with this competition.
  • The competition begins at 00:01 GMT on 2nd April 2016 and ends at 12:00 GMT on 31st May 2016, and the winners will be posted on Facebook and Instagram within 7 days.


Any queries, contact James Burns, Social Media and Communications Ambassador, School of Music & Fine Art

Huge success for innovative Artist Walk programme

Mike Nelson assists Sophie Brown (MA Fine Art, SMFA) in quagmire problem. Photo by Tim Meacham


An innovative collaborative project organised by the School of Music and Fine Art in partnership with Whitstable Biennale has proved to be a huge success. The recent walk on 21 March with artist Mike Nelson quickly became fully booked, attracting over 40 people, including curators from Tate Modern and the Whitechapel, a curator of the Architecture Biennial in Venice, filmmakers, writers, poets, artists and students.

Says Adam Chodzko, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art in The School of Music & Fine Art and one of the organisers: “Mike Nelson is one of the UK’s most important artists. Twice nominated for the Turner Prize and previously representing Britain at the Venice Biennale, it was his dislike of public speaking that led to us developing this different approach (walking) in order to develop a different kind of discourse between students and artists and place.”

The 4 walks aim to test the proposition that a walking journey with an artist is as valuable as hearing them address a lecture theatre, and that sharing a range of sights and sounds would reveal something that slides and video clips do not.  Each route culminates at a point along the Medway estuary or river Swale, forming a string of reference points between which the connections between the walks can be contemplated.


For images from the walk go to:

The final walk with Brian Dillon is on 9 April. For more details of the walks go to:


School of Music and Fine Art staff and students featured in International Festival of Projections, March 2016

University of Kent’s International Festival of Projections 2016.

Cultural icon Yoko Ono is one of the artists contributing to the University’s International Festival of Projections, taking place from 18-20 March 2016. Designed to showcase internationally renowned arts together with ground-breaking research at Kent, this major new arts festival, which is free and open to all, features more than 100 artists, filmmakers, poets and musicians, who will fill dozens of spaces on Kent’s Canterbury campus with intriguing, thought-provoking and fun artworks, with additional activities at the University’s Medway campus and in Canterbury City centre.

School of Music and Fine Art staff and students feature significantly. Screenings of work from sonic artist Professor Tim Howle, Lecturer in The School of Music & Fine Art take place on Sunday 20th March, which he follows with an evening talk On making electroacoustic movies.

Artist and Senior Fine Art Lecturer Adam Chodzko’s new film Deep Above, which engages with climate change, can be seen on 19th-20th March, with work from MA Fine Art student Jose Fernandez-Levy featured the same days in Confined Projections.

A group of 6 Fine Art MA students from The School of Music & Fine Art present their work The Cloudbuster – a multi-partnered project with Island Projects, and the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust – from 18-20th March in ROOM on the Medway campus. The students – Tracey Affleck, Val Bolsover, Sophie Brown, Fiona Townend, Jose Fernandez-Levy and Claudia Chiappini – worked with Adam Chodzko on this innovative project.

For the full programme for the University’s Projections festival go to:

School of Music & Fine Art Lecturer stars in new production of Jerry Springer the Opera

Sarah Dacey

Freelance classical singer and School of Music & Fine Art Lecturer in Music Performance, Sarah Dacey, is starring in a new production of Richard Thomas’ and Stewart Lee’s award-winning Jerry Springer the Opera at the Lost Theatre in South London from 16th – 19th of March.

Sarah plays Irene, the strict catholic mother of a wannabe pole dancer, a dead Nurse that escorts Jerry Springer into ‘Purgatory’ and the Virgin ‘Mary’.

“Witness America’s favourite talk show host suffer the worst day of his career as high art meets low culture in the funniest, most groundbreaking and talked about musical EVER!” From website of The LOST Theatre, London SW8.

A member of the critically acclaimed Juice Vocal Ensemble, a female a cappella trio specialising in contemporary music, Sarah Dacey works in oratorio, opera, recitals, session recordings for TV/Film,  electro-acoustic music, early music ensembles, physical theatre and also arranges/composes vocal music.

She performs with the BBC Singers, Philharmonia Voices, The Octandre Ensemble, Okeanos Ensemble and the Oriel Quartett. An advocate of new music, Sarah has worked with many of today’s finest composers including Anna Meredith, Paul Mealor, Gavin Bryars, Errollyn Wallen, Duncan MacLeod, Mica Levi and Dai Fujikura.

For info about the production of Jerry Springer the Opera go to:

For more info about Sarah go to:

Uncommon Chemistry Exhibition features School of Music & Fine Art Lecturers


School of Music & Fine Art Lecturers Tim Meacham and Adam Chodzko are 2 of the artists featured in Uncommon Chemistry, which runs from 20 March – 17 April at The Observer Buildings, Hastings.

Curated by Dan Howard-Birt, the exhibition explores the parallel artistic leitmotifs of material agency and arcane spirituality, and how the conscious engagement with one or other of these territories provides valuable analogies for the broader understanding of art-making and art-viewing.

There is always something which lurks beyond the artist’s control, which brings a work to life and enables it to mutate and evolve through different contexts of time and place.

Visit the Facebook event for more information:  or go to

The exhibition is FREE to attend.

Medway inspired films, art workshops and installations from Wetlands Project

Image by Nadia Perrotta

Nadia Perrotta, MA Fine Art, School of Music & Fine Art, who was awarded a grant of £5,000 from the University of Kent Student Projects Grant Scheme for her project Wetlands Hub, has organised film screenings, art workshop and installations inspired and shaped by the Medway expanse, with the first event on Tuesday 15 March.

Says Nadia, “Wetlands is an art project initiated in 2015, inspired by the powerful metaphor of a possible memory retained and preserved by the waters. The aim of the project is for students and alumni of the University of Kent to involve and interact with local communities living in proximity of waters, recreating a dialogue between them, their maritime history and the wetland landscape.

For Wetlands 2016, we are running film workshops with young people, in collaboration with Youth Centres of Hoo St Werburgh, Chattenden and Grain. Students from School of Music and Fine Art will create video and sound works from the documentation collected.”


Exhibiting Artists Include:
Andrew Isaiah·Cyprus | Fabio di Santo · Italy | Josè Fernandez-Levy · Mexico | Nicola Baxter · UK | Abi Mackay · UK |  Ayda Majd · Iran | Daniel Owusu · Ghana | Nadia Perrotta · Italy | Rose Sizer · UK | Lalita Baily · UK   | And The Young People of Hoo Peninsula

15th March  10.30 – 12.30          Film Screening – Grain Library
                             3 – 5pm              Film Screening – Hoo Library
16th  March from 10am.              Film Installations – Brook Theatre  & Sun Pier House
17th  March 10.30 – 3.30pm.     Film Installations –  Sun Pier House
17th  March 11 – 1pm.               Film Screening –  Wigmore Library
18th  March 10.30 – 1pm.         Film Screening –  Lordswood Library
24th  March 6.30 – 8.30pm.      Closing Event – Royal Dockyard Church, Historic Dockyard Chatham

Wine Reception with presentation of film and sound works by the Wetlands project team, followed by an insight into the project’s development.

Facebook: Wetlands Hoo
Twitter: @wetlands_medway

SMFA Research Seminar: Spatial Syntax in Binaural Composition

Picture2Picture1                                    Photos by Mike Park.

Tuesday 22nd March at 5pm 
Clocktower Building – Lecture Theatre,

University of KentHistoric Dockyard Chatham
Keynote Speaker: Dr Matt Barnard (University of Hull)

The binaural method of hearing represents our natural spatial register and employing binaural recording and/or synthesis methods in composition reveals peculiar characteristics of the method. Discussing a compositional practice that is now exploring a syntax of space as primary, the binaural method is explored in its creative manifestations. Can we compose music for human hearing?

Matthew Barnard is a composer and researcher primarily focused upon electronic music, including electronica, acousmatic and soundscape idioms. The field of spatial representation in sound, particularly ambisonics and the binaural method, are of interest.

Night in the Museum for Fine Art students on Friday 4th March

Showdonttellposter R.S

On Friday 4 March, as part of an ongoing collaborative project, a group of students from the School of Music & Fine Art will be spending the night in Rochester Guildhall museum. The stay forms part of 2nd year fine art modules Place and Site and Practice and its Publics. Students are working in response to the museum and the collection. The project has included working closely with curators and museum staff who have given students virtually unlimited access to objects in storage areas, as well as public displays. The project culminates in an exhibition of student responses and proposals in the museum entitled Show don’t Tell. The exhibition will open on Friday the 1st of April, with a Private View from 5.30pm-8pm, and the exhibition will be open until Thursday 7th April.

As part of the modules students will present their proposals to a panel of museum staff and professionals from the local creative and cultural community.  University of Kent School of Journalism students will be also be writing an article, interviewing students and making a film about this exciting venture.