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SWEET FA: Fine Art Degree Show 2019

University of Kent’s School of Music and Fine Art – Fine Art Degree Show, 18 – 24 May 2019.

The University of Kent’s School of Music and Fine Art presents Sweet FAthe Fine Art Degree Show 2019; an exhibition of work by 20 exciting, emerging international artists, set in the extraordinary environment of The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent.

Opening with a Private View on Saturday, May 18th, 1pm – 6pm, with, at 3pm speeches from special guests; the acclaimed artist Bob & Roberta Smith, Victoria Pomery, director of the Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate, and Karen Cox, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent.

The exhibition is open to all and is free to attend. It is open to the public from Sunday 19 – Friday 24 May, 10am – 5pm. Please note the show is closed on Tuesday 21 May.

Continuing a tradition of showcasing bold, exploratory exhibitions by the University of Kent’s Fine Art students, visitors will encounter a broad range of artistic styles and media, an explosion of imagination and a celebration of art’s potential for society, framed by the backdrop of the Historic Dockyard Chatham. The exhibition will offer the public a fascinating insight into contemporary art’s most recent practices and processes.

The catalogue for this year’s show is designed in collaboration with MA Curation students from the University of Kent’s School of Arts


The Degree Show Address:
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TY
Entry for the private view is via The Galvanising Shop (next to the Dockyard’s visitors’ car park on the East Road, and for the rest of the exhibition, via The Historic Dockyard Chatham Visitor Entrance).
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Contact Details:
For further press information and images of the works on display please contact School Reception:   or telephone 01634 888 980

The University of Kent is closing the School of Music and Fine Art and it will cease to exist after July 2019.  Sweet FA… is, therefore, its last Fine Art degree show!

WICKED – Women in creative event design. Event & Experience Design Showcase.


Saturday 18th May to Friday 24th May
Studio 1, Engineering Workshop, Chatham Historic Dockyard ME4 4TZ
Saturday 18.05.19 13.00 – 18.00
Sunday to Friday 19.05.19 – 24.05.19, 10.00 – 17.00
Tuesday 21.05.19 – Closed

The Showcase, WICKED, celebrates the work of current Event and Experience Design graduating students. As this is a special celebration of the undergraduate course we will be celebrating the achievements of our alumni from the very start of the course. Thirteen years of ambition, aspiration, achievement and excellence within education and the events industry

Like their predecessors, these early career designers have continued to make work at the forefront of contemporary practice in the ever-expanding field of events.  They have embraced changes in technology, taken delight in manipulating and crafting materials and always prioritised the creation of a memorable experience for their audiences.

Rediscoveries XI Concert


Wednesday 14th February, 2019
Butchart Hall, University of Aberdeen

Staff and student composers from CMAT and SMFA have been invited to the University of Aberdeen to present their works at the eleventh concert of the Rediscoveries series, a joint project between the two universities. Rediscoveries offers a series of performances of electroacoustic music and sound art events, presented by SERG (Sound Emporium Research Group) from the Department of Music, University of Aberdeen.

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.