Category Archives: creative events

Visiting Artist Talk – Karen Mirza

We are delighted to welcome Karen Mirza in the next session of our Fine Art Visiting Artist Talks at the School of Music and Fine Art.

Thursday 6th February, 2014  6-8pm
BridgeWardens College Lecture Theatre
Open to: All Students and Staff.

karen mirzaKaren Mirza is a key figure in artist film and video, known both for her work and her curatorial practice. Her practice started within a background in painting from Camberwell College of Art and continued through her MA in film and video at the Royal college of Art. After graduating from the RCA in 1997 she has created site specific and site conditioned works for galleries, public spaces and the cinema that foreground the sculptural qualities of projection and the architectonics of film and video. Karen is currently working on solo and collaborative work that utilises printmaking, photography and film to explore themes of ‘the imagination and the everyday’, ‘the psychoanalytical and the political’.

Karen has collaborated with Brad Butler since 1998, developing a layered practice which consists of film, installation, performance, publishing and curating. Their work challenges terms such as participation, collaboration and the traditional roles of the artist as producer and the audience as recipient.

Since 2009 Mirza and Butler have been developing a body of work entitled The Museum of Non Participation. The term “non participation” is a device for questioning and challenging current conditions of political involvement and resistance. The Museum of Non Participation embeds its institutional critique in its very title, yet it releases itself from being an actual museum. Instead it travels as a place, a slogan, a banner, a performance, a newspaper, a film, an intervention, an occupation: situations that enable this museum to “act.”

In 2004, Mirza and Butler formed, an artist-run organization that combines film production with critical dialogue about contemporary image making. It supports the production of artist works, runs workshops and critical discussions and actively curates performances, screenings, residencies, publications, events and exhibitions.

Mirza and Butler are shortlisted for the sixth Artes Mundi Prize. The UK’s biggest contemporary art prize

View our Visting Artist Talks web page

Visiting Artist Talk – Jesse Ash

The School of Music and Fine Art are delighted to welcome Jesse Ash in the first of our Fine Art Visiting Artist Talks for 2014.

Thursday 30th January, 2014  6-8pm
BridgeWardens College Lecture Theatre
Open to: All Students and Staff.

Avoidance (A project of Transparency)

Jesse Ash’s work configures a personal and material relationship to politics by imposing processes of reconstruction and abstraction upon existing images, sounds and words of disseminated ideology.

His work often uses the formal supports of these contemporary authorities such as political convention stage sets, newspaper imagery, rhetorical devises, gestures or advertising strategies as material to combine with processes of delicate craft and personally driven narratives. Interested in the radical potential of speech, rumour and gossip through his completed PhD research, Ash’s work is concerned with the processes of uncovering content—treating the process of unearthing as a place where content is equally present.

Come along to the Visiting Artist Talk on Thursday 30th January, at BridgeWardens College in the Historic Dockyard Chatham.

View our Visting Artist Talks web page

Whistable Biennale Open Call

Open call for student artist filmakers students and graduates up to  2 years.

Whitstable Biennale is a festival of contemporary visual art, the next Biennale is set to take place 31st May – 15th June 2014 and they are seeking new student film works made by current students or those who have graduated within the previous two years from the University of Kent, School of Art, School of Music and Fine Art, Canterbury Christchurch and the University of the Creative Arts.

Full submissions must be no more than 5 minutes in length or a 5 minute excerpt of a longer piece. The film will be screened using a digital projector and needs to be submitted as a digital file or on DVD.

Up to six films will be selected by their specialist team of curators and selected films will be screened at a public event on Friday 13th June, 2014, held at the Whitstable Biennale.

Submissions for deadline 5pm Friday 28th February, 2014.

View the PDF and visit the Whitstable Biennale webiste:

Whitstable Biennale Student Open Submission

Leave your mark- National Student Survey 2014

www banner



Why not take part in the National Student Survey and claim your
FREE £10 Amazon Voucher? It takes less than 5 minutes.

The National Student Survey opens Monday 27th January. Complete your survey by Monday 17th February to claim your FREE £10 Amazon voucher.

It’s quick to complete and you’ll be helping prospective students make the right choices of where and what to study.

As a student, it is a chance to have your say about what you  like and don’t like about your  student learning  experience here at Kent at the School of Music and Fine Art.

The survey is commissioned by the Higher Education Funding  Council and fully supported by the National Union of Students.


Thank you.



Fine Art graduate opportunity for Artist In Residence at DRAWInternational, France.

School graduate Daniella Turbin has just launched a new campaign to seek funding to support her first ever Artist In Residency at DRAWInternational in France during February for 3 months. She is very excited by the project and is offering a piece of her original work to her backers. But the clock is ticking…

Artist in Residence Crowd Funding Art opportunity
Daniella Turbin

The Crowd Funding campaign allows backers to pledge a small sum towards the campaign, who in return, can receive a unique piece of Daniella’s work during the residency. She is set to create over sixty drawings and an installation comprised of thousands of suspended hand-drawn marks. However, there is a limited period of time for a minimum pledge in order for her to take up this fantastic opportunity. She needs to raise £2,766 by February 6, 2014 in order to commence this project.

Daniella graduated from the School of Music and Fine Art with her Fine Art degree in 2013, continued her  practice and in November went on to be shortlisted for the Turner Contemporary Platform Graduate award as well has have her work exhibited at the Turner Contemporary.

“The residency in France is important in my journey to continue to draw and raise the profile of drawing not only as a tool for thought but as a primary discipline in its own right. France plays a significant part in the development of contemporary drawing as not only does it hold Europe’s first fair dedicated to contemporary drawing; Drawing Now Paris: Le Salon but is home to DRAWinternational, an institution completely dedicated to research into Contemporary drawing.” Says Daniella in advance of the upcoming event.  Daniella will be extremely busy in the three months. “As a site responsive artist I will create a minimum of 60 drawings which respond to this new historical and social context. In addition to the 60 drawings I will also create my most ambitious installation yet.”

Read more  about Daniella’s upcoming Artist In Residency or  pledge your backing to support her (minimum £1) for your chance to gain an original piece of art.

Visiting Artist Talk – Kate Adams

The School of Music and Fine Art are delighted to welcome Kate Adams in the next of our  Visiting Artists series.

Thursday 21st November, 6-8pm
BridgeWardens College- Lecture Theatre,
Open to Students and Staff

Kate Adams is a visual artist; her practice encompasses video, installation, construction and drawing. Much of her work addresses the phenomenology of built space, nonverbal communication and perceptual impairment. Kate co-founded Project Art Works, an artist-ledorganization that conducts collaborations with galleries, care agencies and people who have complex needs.

Her politically engaged advocacy as an artist informs the cultural and social connectedness of Project Art Works and its actions. This aspect of her practice requires sensitivity to the ethical issues arising from what she describes as nonconsensual involvement in art. Kate will discuss the potential of art to shift responsibility for change from the amorphous realms of ‘society’ and ‘culture’ to the individual.

Recent exhibitions include: States and Spaces, MK Gallery (2011/12); Who’s There? One Year Later, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings 2013; The Room and Everything in it, Dilston Grove, London (current).

View our Visting Artist Talks web page

CHASE and 50th Anniversary University Scholarships

SMFA Logochase logoThe Faculty of Humanities at the University of Kent, as a partner within the Consortium for Humanities and Arts in the South East (CHASE), has been successful in its bid to the Arts and Humanities Research Council to establish a 5-year doctoral training partnership that will create over 230 PhD studentships across the participating institutions, the Universities of Kent, East Anglia, Sussex, Essex, the Open University, Goldsmiths and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

CHASE will provide many innovative opportunities for students wishing to develop a range of practical and intellectual skills in the Humanities during their doctorates.

We are therefore delighted to announce a range of AHRC-funded PhD opportunities across the Schools and subjects within the Faculty of Humanities at Kent, in addition to the Kent 50th Anniversary Scholarships.

We will be holding a briefing session for anyone who is thinking of applying for a scholarship to pursue a PhD in a Humanities subject. This will take place on Thursday 12th December (week 11) in DLT1 (Darwin Lecture Theatre 1) at 12 noon.
At this meeting we will explain the procedure for applying for the new CHASE scheme, and we will also provide information about the University of Kent’s 50th Anniversary Scholarships.

The application deadline for both schemes will be 31 January 2014 so it is vital that you start talking to potential supervisors as soon as you can.

Kent is offering some very exciting opportunities for research students, and we look forward to explaining the procedures, talking about what makes for a strong applications, and addressing your questions.

View School of Music and Fine Art Scholarship page for more details.

More about CHASE:
CHASE: Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South East England

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex have formed a consortium to promote excellence in research, postgraduate research training and knowledge exchange in the Arts & Humanities. The consortium aims to:

  • Support world-class researchers in the understanding of human culture and creativity
  • Engage with employers and develop partnerships to encourage creativity and innovation and to secure funding
  • Raise the national and international profile of the Universities.

Visiting Artists Talk – Trish Scott and Dan Scott

Artist Trish Scott will explore the relationship between digital media and embedded art practice through discussing a selection of site specific projects including collaborative works made with sound artist Dan Scott.

10th December
BridgeWardens College, Lecture Theatre

Change ManagementArtist Trish Scott will explore the relationship between digital media and embedded art practice through discussing a selection of site specific projects including collaborative works made with sound artist Dan Scott.

Trish and Dan’s joint practice incorporates their respective fields of video, performance and sound and explores narratives of place, playfully utilizing institutional methodologies such as ethnography, archaeology, management consultancy and literature.

Previous projects include Change Management, a life-coaching course for a piece of derelict land in Kent, Herring Quest, an exploration of the declining herring industry in Northern Iceland and Our Father a project following the encounters of an English Catholic priest in rural Portugal.

Trish and Dan have a background in social anthropology, and are currently both engaged in practice-based doctoral research at the University of the Arts, London. Their projects have been presented internationally both in gallery and public spaces.

Further links:

Third Year Fine Art Exhibition – IAM Presents ‘INTERIM SHOW’

Third year Fine Art students at the School of Music and Fine Art are delighted to be exhibiting their work in Rochester during Friday, 13th December through to Sunday 15th December.

IAM image

Forty two final year students studying Fine Art at the University of Kent will be showcasing their recent work at the IAM SHOW.

Opening hours 10am-5pm
There will be a private viewing available on 13th December from 7pm-10pm to launch the show.

337-341 High Street, Rochester, Medway ME1 1DA


Get a sneak preview of some of their work:

Instagram: iampresents

Vice Chancellor 2013 Prize recreation of working practice installation

Natasha Pocock, Vice Chancellor Prize Winner
Natasha Pocock, Vice Chancellor Prize Winner

Natasha Pocock, winner of the University of Kent’s Vice Chancellor 2013 Prize has completed her working practice installation at the University’s Rutherford Dining Hall, Canterbury campus.

The installation by the School of Music and Fine Art postgraduate student, Natasha Pocock recreated her piece in front of staff, students and visitors at the Canterbury campus from 11-15 November.  ‘I have been seduced by the Chatham Dockyard’s historical content, feeling compelled to respond to Kent’s archives concerning the haunting aspects of the female worker’s lives on site. Specifically for this piece I have responded to an article found in the ‘Black & White Magazine’ calling for Victorian women to apply their skills to the Sail and Colour Loft based at the Dockyard. The work is described to be delicate, clean and light work, ideally suited to women’ Natasha said about her inspirational work.

The installation is based on garment construction and crochet to recreate the passage of time through textiles. It follows the same ethos of Natasha’s work which featured in the Fine Art Degree show, ‘Joining the Docks’, which took place at the Chatham Historic Dockyard earlier this year. Her work explores issues of identity and time through textiles, sculpture and performance with a focus on Dockyard-specific history.

Since graduating, Natasha’s work has been on display at the Galvanize exhibition at the London Barbican. She is also exhibiting at the Horsebridge Gallery in Whitstable throughout November and December, with the sculptural work on display for this exhibition developed from her London Barbican experience.