Fine Art Reader Shona Illingworth shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2016

School of Music and Fine Art Reader Shona Illingworth is among the 6 artists shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2016, with her work Westbound, which explores ideas of human emotion and memory.

The £10,000 art prize, named after Kent based artist and film-maker Derek Jarman, who died in 1994, is in its ninth year, and honours UK artists working with film, video and moving image in all its forms and keeping Jarman’s “spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation” alive. The work of this year’s nominees spans short films, animations, YouTube collages and multi-screen installations.  All six shortlisted artists will be commissioned to produce new work for Channel 4’s short film series Random Acts and their art will tour 11 galleries around the UK.

Artist Shona Illingworth is Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Music and Fine Art.  She  works across sound, film, video, photography, drawing and painting. Major works using moving image and/or sound, take the form of gallery based and site specific installation. Her work combines interdisciplinary research (particularly with emerging neuropsychological models of memory and critical approaches to memory studies) with publicly engaged practice. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at the Museum of Modern Art, Bologna, the Wellcome Collection, London, the National Museum, Tirana and Interaccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Toronto and she has received high profile commissions from Film and Video Umbrella, the Hayward Gallery, London and Channel 4 Television.


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Wonderland success for Event & Experience Design student

Wonderland, 2016


For her Independent Realised Project, School of Music and Fine Art 3rd year BA (Hons) Event & Experience Design student Virginia Brennan devised and delivered an innovative and ambitious promotional event called Wonderland for the May release of the film Alice Through the Looking Glass at Costa at the Odeon Chatham Maritime, Leviathan Way.

Virginia’s event included activities for young people and families, face painting and crafts.  She also had a new range of drinks designed for the event and the Costa staff dressed up in costumes. The event brought together the two businesses – Costa and the Odeon –  and it was so successful, the cinema’s General Manager, Natalie Fisher, asked her to repeat the event over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Says Virginia, “We had to adapt to the high volume of cinema attendees – Bank Holiday Monday saw over 1,200 guests walk through the doors! The winners of the drawing competition at the original event collected their prizes of free cinema tickets and goodies and the fundraising activities for MIND continued throughout the week.”

The final independent 3rd year projects celebrate student work which creatively explores a broad range of formats and subjects, questioning what constitutes an event, and is an annual showcase.

School of Music and Fine Art graduates selected for Platform Graduate Award 2016

The School of Music and Fine Art is delighted to announce that Sariya Suwannakarn and Daniel Owusu, two of our BA (Hons) Fine Art graduating students have been selected to have their work shown at the Turner Contemporary, Margate on Thursday 4th August as part of the Platform Graduate Award project.

These prestigious awards showcase the talent of emerging artists from Kent, aiming to support graduate professional development and nurture new talent.


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Join the School of Music and Fine Art choir and orchestra for a Christmas Concert in The Royal Dockyard Church


On Wednesday 14 December, 2016 at 7.30pm the University of Kent Choir and Orchestra (Medway) will be performing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols as part of the School of Music and Fine Art Christmas Concert in the beautiful Royal Dockyard Church.

We are inviting the local community to join the choir or orchestra and take part in this festive event.  Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays 5pm – 7.30pm at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, with the first rehearsal on Wednesday 28 September. (Note: Orchestral players should be Grade 6 standard or higher).

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School of Music and Fine Art – Student Instagram Competition Results

We are delighted to announce the winners of our first ever SMFA student Instagram competition.

The brief was to celebrate the unique setting of The School of Music and Fine Art in the  breathtaking Historic Dockyard Chatham by calling for images of our campus created by SMFA students posted on our @UniKentMFA Instagram page with our hashtag #smfacreative.

We were delighted that Vicky Price, Community Engagement Officer of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, agreed to select the winning entries and her comments are below:

“They’re a great bunch of photographs!  I’ve decided on a winner and 2 runners up, and there is a fourth photograph I wanted to ‘highly commend’.


Winner: (£20 Amazon voucher) Dave Perry , 1st Year Music Technology – “Because it really brings out the power and scale of HMS Cavalier.”



Runners up: (£10 Amazon vouchers) Dave Perry – “A view not often considered, and beautifully lit to reveal the brickwork.  Also great because it puts Kent University’s presence and the historic nature of The Historic Dockyard’s architecture together so well.”



Emma Greenwood, 1st Year Event and Experience Design “A really pleasing composition of a view, again, not often considered.  Lovely play with light and shadows.”



Highly commended: Dave Perry  “The colours, contrast and wide reach of the lens in this image is striking.  I felt that, on a large scale, printed, this would be a fantastic image – it just isn’t done justice on Instagram.”

Thanks to everyone who took part.  Don’t forget to check our @UniKentMFA Instagram account, enjoy the pics, post your own and watch out for our next competition!


Listening, Spaces and the Sounding World: Thursday 16 June

As part of Kent’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Spatial Studies (KISS) week-long festival of events, in collaboration with various Schools at both the Canterbury and Medway campuses, from 13th – 17th June 2016, the School of Music and Fine Art will be hosting a SISRC/KISS/CHASE research event in the Clock Tower Lecture Theatre (CT102), The Historic Dockyard Chatham, on Thursday 16 June from 11:30 to 17:30. The event is called Listening, Spaces and the Sounding World.

Sound, and how it functions with space and materials, is essential to our experience of the world around us. Aki Pasoulas,   School of Music and Fine Art Senior Lecturer, and  Director of MAAST (Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre) will lead a workshop on how sound interacts with space and listening at the innovative Sound-Image-Space Research Centre.


The programme is as follows:

11:30 – Soundscape and Ear Cleaning. (Please bring with you an A4 writing board (or similar) and a pen, which you can carry with you during the soundwalk.)

13:30 – Break. (Bring your own sandwiches)

14:15 –  Talking Rain’ (multichannel work by Hildegard Westerkamp): Listening session and discussion followed by a short break.

15:15 –  Berlin Babylon’ (88 min, dir. Hubertus Siegert, music by Einstürzende Neubauten): Documentary Film screening and discussion.


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