School of Music and Fine Art students Olu Taiwo (MA Fine Art) and Lynn Smith (BA Fine Art) were interviewed live on KMTV to talk about their 2018 degree shows. They spoke movingly about the value of art in today’s society. To see the interview click here: https://bit.ly/2IHUAJ3
Lynn Smith’s work explores nature and the spirit of place, investigating the landscape through sculpture, and using traditional craft within fine art.
Olu Taiwo’s work is concerned with memory – how we access and discard memories – experienced through his immersive art.
On Tuesday July 17th, from 8pm, SMFA BA (Hons) Event and Experience Design 2011 graduate, Kerri Layton, is performing at legendary Pizza Express Cabaret venue, The Pheasantry (Chelsea), which was nominated for Best Live Music Venue in the London Lifestyle Awards, and considered to be one of London’s major venues of New York-style jazz-singing, musical-theatre-influenced cabaret work.
Kerri is enjoying a successful career as a performer with her live band and as a solo artist, and heads up independent record label Dixiebird Records, http://dixiebirdrecords.bigcartel.com/products which runs live music events all across the capital, featuring some of London’s finest musicians, as well as running her own Creative Event Consultancy.
Her E.P Songs For A Rainy Day is produced by bandleader, saxophonist and composer, Mick Foster and is due for release in July 2018.
The annual SMFAPostgraduate Presentations take place Wednesday 23rd May in the Galvanising Shop Performance Space at the campus on the Historic Dockyard Chatham. The Postgraduate Presentations are an excellent opportunity for SMFA to celebrate the successes of our postgraduates and the contribution they make to the life, work and academic community of the School.
The day will run from 10:30am – 3pm (approx. finishing time) and includes a range of presentations from students studying Music and Fine Art MA and PhD programmes, as well as a participatory tour of one of a Fine Art Degree Show piece from one of our MA Fine Art students.
The schedule is below:
10.40 Alan Stumpenhuson-Payne
PhD Music (Research) Canterbury Calling
11:00 Richard Lightman,
PhD Music and Technology Mediating Culture from the Producers View: Cultural Mediation between music producers.
11:30 Georgios Kyriakakis
PhD Music and Technology Terpsichore: A Software Music Interface for People with Mental Disabilities on the Autism Spectrum
12:00 Moyra Derby
PhD Fine Art Cross Cuts and Edits: Pictorial Attention Captured, Segmented and Dispersed
12:20 Lunch – Galvanising Shop Café
13:15 Michael Bonner
PhD Music (Research) How To Hit Yourself On The Head With A Mallet Safely
13:45 Andrea Hepworth
MA Music (Research) Music-evoked Autobiographical Memories (MEAMs) and the relationship to Nostalgia
13:55 Deborah Abbott
MA Fine Art The Portrayal of Disability in Art: Brain Matters
14:20 Olu Taiwo
MA Fine Art Access Memories 2 – Degree Show Artwork Tour
Olu will meet the audience at 14:10 in the Galvanising Shop Performance Space and take them to his Degree Show artwork. The tour of the piece starts at 14:20. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the location of the artwork if you are intending to go there directly for 14:20.
There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions after each presentation and a lunch will be provided for presenting students and audience members at which further discussion can take place.
As part of Whitstable Biennale’s partnership with The Ash Project, SMFA Fine Art Lecturer and acclaimed artist Adam Chodzko is hosting the Ash Walk on Saturday 25th August from 2-4pm. He will lead a walk into the near future as part of a funeral procession for some of the UK’s last remaining ash trees.
https://www.theashproject.org.uk/ is a cultural response to ash dieback in the Kent Downs, celebrating the cultural, natural and social history of the ash tree, to present a series of artists’ walks in 2018 through ash landscapes in Kent, encouraging study and providing an intimate, conversational way to explore the landscapes.
An award winning artist, Adam Chodzko uses a wide range of media including video, installation and performance. His work is characterised by a keen curiosity, exploring the interactions and possibilities of human behaviour – the gap between how we are and how we could be. With a few surprises in store for walkers, along the way, this walk promises to be stimulating, interactive and surprising. The walk is FREE but needs to be booked in advance. To book go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-ash-walks-adam-chodzko-tickets-44858540101
SMFA Fine Art Lecturer and acclaimed artist Adam Chodzko is one of 13 artists commissioned to create permanent integrated artworks for the three new acres of public realm next to the River Thames. Art on the Tideway is an ambitious public art programme for London, inviting leading contemporary artists to meaningful connect with London’s past and future as the tunnel is built. With over fifty temporary and permanent commissions, it challenges artists to animate new environments and create engaging interventions for the city’s diverse audiences, marking the River Thames as a new cultural venue.