Category Archives: fine art

Work by SMFA Fine Art alumna Nadia Perrotta selected by UNESCO for Human Rights Contemporary Art Exhibition

 

A moving image installation about art and children called Because I am, written and directed by SMFA alumni Nadia Perrotta (BA, 2015, and MA Fine Art, 2017) and featuring Lalita Bailey, (BA Fine Art 2017) and the children of Squirrel Lodge and The Rabbit on the Moon nurseries, has been selected for a major UNESCO event in Italy about art and education.

Presented by Associazione Internazionale Arti Plastiche Italia, Spazio-Tempo Arte and Fondazione Opera Campana dei Caduti, Human Rights? #EDU 2018 is an International Exhibition of Contemporary Art from 23 June – 23 September at the Fondazione Opera Campana dei Caduti, Rovereto, Trento, Italy which features 161 artists from 37 countries defending the human right to education.

The event asks the artists to represent and tell, with their own artistic language, a personal vision of the problem of the right to education representing a story, a concept, a complaint, or showing a future perspective as message of hope or as a concrete proposal on the opportunities to be pursued to achieve this fundamental goal for the construction of a fair and right society.

More about the event here: http://aiapi.it/hr-edu-en

Nadia’s film Because I Am was created during her artist residency since September 2016, at The Rabbit on The Moon Nursery in Sittingbourne, and there will be an exhibition – Because I am: A children’s journey across self recognition and discovery of the world around them through the arts  – on Saturday 23rd June, 12-3pm at Kemsley Community Centre, The Square, Ridham Ave, Kemsley, Sittingbourne showing the works the children created with her throughout the past year.

See Nadia’s film here: https://youtu.be/L7y0d5U20oM

Nadia is a film maker and visual artist with experience in exhibiting and organizing events, art writing and curating.  She works mostly with time based, installations, digital work, creative writing and performances. An experienced curator and art director, she was Project Leader for Wetlands Medway.  More info about Nadia here https://nadiaperrotta.jimdo.com/

 

Related posts: https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=2856 and https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=2859

SMFA Fine Art alumni create art intervention for Whitstable Biennale

 

SMFA alumni Nadia Perrotta (BA Fine Art, 2015, and MA Fine Art, 2017) and Fiona Townend  (MA Fine Art, 2017) together created an art intervention involving photography and creative writing for Whitstable Biennale. The project, called Cuttlefish Bones, ran from 2-10 June, and was an artistic and poetic treasure trail winding through the streets of Whitstable suitable for adults and children alike, a fusion of poetic text, domestic mini tales and photographs of the unnoticed.

More info http://satellite.whitstablebiennale.com/project/cuttlefish-bones-a-treasure-trail/

 

About the artists:
www.fionatownend.com
nadiaperrotta.jimdo.com

SMFA Fine Art Alumna Nadia Perrotta Artist in Residence Exhibition in Kent

 

Since September 2016, SMFA alumna Nadia Perrotta (BA, 2015,  and MA Fine Art, 2017) has been artist in residence at The Rabbit on The Moon Nursery in Sittingbourne, and there will be an exhibition showing the works the children created with her throughout the past year.

Because I am: A children’s journey across self recognition and discovery of the world around them through the arts takes place on Saturday 23rd June, 12-3pm at Kemsley Community Centre, The Square, Ridham Ave, Kemsley, Sittingbourne.

Nadia is a film maker, visual artist, art writer and event organiser who works mostly with time based, installations, digital work, creative writing and performances. An experienced curator and art director, she was Project Leader for Wetlands Medway.

More info about Nadia here: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/nadia-perrotta-082a537

SMFA Fine Art students take part in Revolutions festival at University of Kent Paris centre

Eiffel Tower, Photo by Constanza Marques Guedes

 

At the invitation of Peter Brown, director of the University of Kent Paris centre, SMFA Fine Art students recently spent a week in Paris taking part in the Revolutions festival held at the University Centre, which celebrates 50 years of protest and featuring a huge range of artwork and events. https://www.kent.ac.uk/news/culture/18290/paris-centre-celebrates-50-years-of-protest-with-revolutions-ma-festival

The SMFA students from the remaining two undergraduate years and the final MA year worked collaboratively as a group together with students and staff at the Paris Centre to make and exhibit new work in response to theme and site. This has included a performance involving cheese and a derivé exploring the city around the centre.

Peter Brown commented: “It has all been going exceptionally well. There was an excellent turn-out for the Menteur launch and Medway students did the event proud with their own ‘set’ that was very well received. Thank you for enhancing our activities with your excellent students! “

The students recorded their visit via Instagram https://www.instagram.com/smfa_paris_2018/

Commented Year 2 BA Fine Art student Kevin Hadimadja: “The Paris trip was an amazing and enjoyable experience! Thank you very much for giving this opportunity to present my artwork as well as surrounding myself with great people. It has opened my eyes in the sense of interaction and collaborative thinking into not just the art but the journey through it.”

It is planned to stage a return visit next year.

 

More info:
https://revolutionsmafest.wixsite.com/revolutions/le-menteur-magasine-launch
https://www.instagram.com/smfa_paris_2018/

SMFA students and alumni feature in international festival of moving image

 

On Saturday 2nd June, SMFA students featured in a large-scale, outdoor screening of artists’ films and video projected on the exterior wall of The Old Neptune Pub, Marine Terrace, Whitstable, facing the seafront. Presented by 51zero/voyager at Whitstable Biennale as part of the Decreation international festival of moving image and digital arts Touring Programme. The event ran from 9.30pm – 11.30pm.

Many of the participating artists have taken part in international art Biennials, and were showcased alongside emerging talent selected from open calls and SMFA Fine Art students, including graduates Rose Sizer and Nicola Baxter, and Alfie Killick (Little-Blood) (3rd Year), Jordan Colbert (3rd Year), Constanza Marques Guedes (3rd Year), Olu Taiwo (MA)

 

More here https://www.facebook.com/events/611085545925717/

Interview with MA Fine Art alumnus Matt Bray, co-founder of the Medway Print Festival

Drawing in the snow at dockyard during MA. Photo by Gaz Bray

 

Matt Bray is a practising artist, freelance curator and arts consultant, who graduated from SMFA in 2012 with an MA Fine Art. He co-founded the Medway Print Festival, which is running until 24th June at present, and multimedia group exhibition Sick!  More at www.mattbrayarts.com

Studio shot with work from ’Sick!’ exhibition. Photo by Rikard Österlund.

 

Matt kindly took time out from his busy schedule to chat with SMFA’s Marketing & Communications Officer, Jane Seaman.

How did your time at Kent prepare or equip you for the role you have now?
My time at Kent equipped me with a far richer understanding of contemporary art and its relationship to the longer stream of art history. That has afforded me a more nuanced understanding of both my own work and the work of others, allowing me to curate more mature and interesting shows, and I’ve developed confidence in my abilities as an artist and curator as a result.

What does your job involve?  Is there a typical day?
There are no typical days. Networking is key though, so I can often be spotted having coffee with artists and gallerists (tough life I know). Funding is the least glamorous and most important element of putting exhibitions and festivals together, so that is something I have had to learn on the job – how is the project going to be funded? Arts Council? Local council? Paid by the artists? Somehow it needs to be paid for and that requires good clear ideas and being able to articulate those ideas well. Once funding is secured the rest of the project is normally plain sailing to a large degree.

What kind of opportunities offered at Kent were especially beneficial for your career development?
Putting on the degree show was obviously a pretty important experience, and it was such a great place to host an exhibition.

What have you been doing since graduating?
Since graduating I have been in the studio whenever possible, I have also been running several key projects like ‘Sick!’ and ‘Medway Print Festival’, both of which have been very successful and I have been lucky enough that the people I run those with are very good friends, so although it can be very hard work sometimes, it is always super fun.

What would you recommend to anyone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
If anyone wants to get involved in curation, then the only real advice I can offer is to put shows on.  My first exhibition was in a bookshop with my buddy. You can start small if need be, but just put shows on, as often as possible, of your own work or other people’s, it doesn’t matter. You will learn so much from every show – like anything else, the more you do it, the more you will learn. Before you know it, the shows will have become quite sophisticated and you will have made all the obvious mistakes which you can then learn to avoid.

What is your favourite memory of studying at Kent?
Probably my favourite memory of my time at Kent was meeting my mate Billy Childish, who had a studio in the dockyard too and taught me a lot about being a painter.

What are your plans for the future?
I’d like to create the Medway Biennial.

Who or what inspires you?
My parents.

Thanks, Matt.

You can catch the Medway Print Festival until 24th June.  Now in its 3rd year, the festival celebrates printmaking and fine art in Medway, with over 40 events and activities to showcase some of the best printmaking being created today as well as highlighting the fascinating local history of the medium. More http://medwayprintfestival.com/

SMFA Fine Art students interviewed live on KMTV

Screenshot of KMTV interview with mural by SMFA BA Fine Art student Lalita Bailey in the background – the mural is a community collaboration with young people in Medway.

 

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.

The 2018 Degree Shows, which feature the work from graduating students studying Fine Art and Event and Experience Design,  are open to the public until 26 May, open from 10-5 and free.  Go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/school-of-music-and-fine-art-2018-graduation-shows-tickets-44643012452 to book.

 

To find out more about the artists in the Fine Art Degree Show go to https://www.weareherecollective.com/whoarewe

SMFA Postgraduate Presentations on Wednesday 23rd May

“Attention 1” by Moyra Derby, PhD Fine Art, 2018.

 

The annual SMFA Postgraduate 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 mfapgradmin@kent.ac.uk 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.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to mfapgradmin@kent.ac.uk or via Facebook

 

Image credit: Attention 1 by Moyra Derby, PhD Fine Art – more about Moyra’s work here https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=2695

SMFA Fine Art Lecturer and acclaimed artist Adam Chodzko hosting the Ash Walk on Saturday 25th August

Adam Chodzko

 

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

 

More info here: https://www.whitstablebiennale.com/artists/ash-walks/  and https://www.whitstablebiennale.com/project/the-ash-walks-3-adam-chodzko/

SMFA’s Fine Art Lecturer artist Adam Chodzko commissioned for Art on the Tideway

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.

The artworks will be completed in 2021.

 

More info https://www.tideway.london/our-community/art-and-heritage/art-on-the-tideway/

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