SMFA Fine Art Interim Show

Private View
Friday 7th December
The Gallery, Sun Pier House, Chatham

Public Opening Times
Saturday 8th – Tuesday 11th December
Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday 12pm – 4pm
The Gallery, Sun Pier House, Chatham

The School of Music and Fine Art’s final BA Fine Art Interim Show will open on Friday 7th December at Sun Pier House, Chatham. The show will be open to the public from Saturday 8th –Tuesday 11th December. Last year’s show, held in the historic Chatham House, attracted over 300 visitors on the opening night. This is an event not to be missed!

On occasion the opening times may vary depending on the events schedule. Please contact Sun Pier House before travelling to confirm the Gallery will be open for your visit, on 01634 401 549. There is restricted disabled access at the venue, please contact Sun Pier House for further information.

EED Site Responsive Event

Artwork by Krunal Taylor. Photo by Stacey Cooper, 2018.


Thursday 6th December
The Guardhouse, Fort Amherst, Chatham

Event and Experience Design students have been investigating a site-specific installation this term. The site for their practice based projects is the Guardhouse at Fort Amherst. This is a restored building at the border of the currently accessible public part of the Fort and the unrestored area – an exciting liminal space to explore!

Artwork by Charlotte Harding. Photo by Chien Yi Yang, 2018.


The students will present a series of individual responses to the Guardhouse and its context within a listed monument on the afternoon of Thursday 6thDecember.

Wrap up and wear sturdy footwear and please wait at the café by the Fort Amherst visitor carpark. This event is FREE to attend but please book via Eventbrite.

Tactile Trio


Thursday 6th December
Historic Dockyard Chatham, Galvanising Shop

How do blind people make sense of the world through other senses? What happens when the visual is removed from ensemble music making? Tactile Trio are an ensemble of sighted and partially sighted musicians, who create and perform new music working under blindfold and in darkened spaces. Without visual notation, they work with improvisation and tactile scores – where music is created from a sense of touch, and darkness offers a world rich with other sensory possibilities.

Join Tactile Trio for their Medway debut at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, part of SMFA’s celebrations of Arts and Disabilities. The event will feature a performance of tactile scores and devised works, plus a pre-performance talk and demonstrations.

Tactile Trio are:
Adrian Lee – guitar, composer, formerly Musical Director for Royal Shakespeare Company
James Ridson – recorders, Para-orchestra member
Jackie Walduck (Leader) – vibraphone, composer, SMFA Music Lecturer.

This event is FREE to attend. Email: to book your place.

Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert. Photo by Stacey Cooper, 2018.


Wednesday 5th December
The Royal Dockyard Church, Historic Dockyard Chatham

The SMFA Christmas concert returns this December and we couldn’t be more excited! Join us, to celebrate the University of Kent Medway’s vast array of talented music students.

Photo by Stacey Cooper, 2018.


Uniting our two schools of music, a diverse programme awaits; featuring music that spans centuries, crosses continents and unites a multitude of genres. Our students will showcase their work from across the Autumn Term.

This event is FREE but please book via Eventbrite.

Music and Migration Workshop, Being Human Festival

Saturday 24th November
11am – 12.30pm
Huguenot Museum, Rochester

This music workshop from the University of Kent and the Huguenot Museum will explore the origins of some of the music we hear today by looking at the journey music makes with people when they migrate.

Working with Syrian darbuka virtuoso Rami Merhi and singer-songwriter and music lecturer Anna Neale from the University of Kent, Music and Migration will aim to recreate this journey exploring different Arabic and Western rhythms, creating a new fusion in musical composition in a relaxed setting. Everyone will be given a djembe to use, but if you play an instrument please bring it along.

This is a FREE event. Book online at:

SMFA Visiting Artist Talk – Sarah Pickstone

Tuesday 20th November
5 – 7pm
Clock Tower Lecture Theatre, Historic Dockyard Chatham

Sarah Pickstone is a painter who lives and works in London. She makes very large-scale paintings in watercolour with oil and draws extensively. Sarah has a particular interest in the contribution made by women artists and writers to visual and literary history and their creative processes.

In 2012, she won the John Moores Painting Prize and was a runner up for the prize in 2004. She exhibits internationally most recently in Shanghai, Seoul, Basel and Italy. She was recently commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts as part of RA250 to create a homage to the work of the 18th century female artist, Angelica Kauffman. The resulting two-part painting installation titled An Allegory of Painting, is currently in the Burlington house Hallway and Ramp Space, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly London until August, 2019.

These events are FREE to attend and open to all. Book online at Eventbrite.

SMFA Visiting Artist Talk – David Cross

‘Tristesse’ David Cross, 2010.


Tuesday 13th November
5 – 7pm
Clock Tower Lecture Theatre, Historic Dockyard Chatham

“Art is what fills the gap between how the world is and how I’d love it to be.” – David Cross

David Cross will be speaking about critical engagement and context-specificity both in his individual work, and that of Cornford & Cross.

As a contemporary fine artist with Cornford & Cross, David produced sculptural installations that engage with issues at the intersection of visual culture, resource scarcity and conflict.

As a postgraduate educationalist, he encourages an interdisciplinary, research-oriented and socially engaged approach to the design profession.

Through participating in and facilitating public debate, he aims to stimulate critical engagement with the separation of cultural activity and everyday life.

These events are FREE to attend and open to all. Book online at Eventbrite.

Vote 100 Concert to feature Dr Ruth Herbert’s piano trio, TableMusic

TableMusic, 2018.


Vote 100: Celebrating Women Composers will mark the centenary of women gaining the vote through democracy in action. This concert, organised by MOOT, will take place on Saturday 17th November at St George’s Church in Brighton. The night will feature music by a diverse range of women composers, including Lecturer in Music Performance Ruth Herbert’s piano trio, TableMusic.


Visit Eventbrite for more information and to book.