Category Archives: fine art

Back for the 3rd year… the award-winning Skills Enhancement Week


Skills Enhancement Week Spring Term
Running in Week 18
24th-28th February 2014

Skills Enhancement Week 2014 (pdf)

Back for the third year running, the Student Skills Enhancement Week , which won a Barabara Morris Teaching Prize for Learning Support last year, is set to be another fun and packed week of employability-based events, training sessions, talks, lectures, workshops and to close the week with a bang, the University Concert and Big Bands: Bolero! concert at the Colyer-Fergusson Building in Canterbury.

Replacing what used to be known as ‘Reading Week’, students can come along and earn ’employability points’ to help enhance skills that could lead to futher employability.

Once again, we have been very fortunate in getting some exciting and industry recognised guest speakers to give talks along with our usual mix of study skills and employability- related workshops.

  • Monday 24th February 2014 – Day 1

Pro Tools 101 (day 1)
(Bridge Wardens’ College – BWC204)

Programme  & Module Information Fair
(Engineering  Workshop – Studio 1)


Introduction  to the 51Zero Film, Video and Digital Arts Festival
(Bridge  Wardens’ College – BWC203) 


Paraphrasing  Workshop
(Drill Hall  Library – DAO15)

  • Tuesday 25th February 2014 – Day 2

09:00-17:00 Pro Tools  101 (day 2)
(Bridge  Wardens’ College – BWC204)

12:00-13:30 Mock  Assessment Centre
(Pilkington  Building – PK017)

14:00-15:00 The  Challenge Network
(Keynes  College – KLT5 – Canterbury)

  • Wednesday 26th February 2014 – Day 3

09:00-17:00 Pro Tools  110 (day 1)
(Bridge  Wardens’ College – BWC204)

13:00-14:00 Writing Well  Workshop
(Drill Hall  Library – DAO15)

14:00-17:00 Local Arts  Professional Development Workshop
(Engineering  Workshop – Studio 1)

18:30-21:00 The Annual  Stirling Lecture
(Keynes  College – KLT1 – Canterbury)

  • Thursday 27th February 2014 – Day 4

09:00-17:00 Pro Tools  110 (day 2)
(Bridge  Wardens’ College – BWC204)

13:00-14:00 Choosing a  Career
(Keynes  College – KLT5 – Canterbury)

19:00-21:00 The Annual  Bob Friend Memorial Lecture
(Pilkington  Building)

  • Friday 28th February 2014 – Day 5

Pro Tools  110 (day 3)
(Bridge  Wardens’ College – BWC204)

Programme  & Module Follow-up Surgery
(Bridge  Wardens’ College – Student Hub)

Setting Up a  Creative Business
( Engineering Workshop – Studio 1)

University  Concert and Big Bands: Bolero!
(Colyer-Fergusson  Building – Canterbury)

To book a slot email: or call in at Reception, The Old Surgery
Call: 01634 888 980

Pro Tools Training Events

Also running are Pro-Tools 101 and Pro-Tools 110 Certified Training Courses.


24th – 25th February 2014
09:00-17:00 Pro Tools 101
(Bridge Wardens’ College – BWC204) 

Pro Tools 101 is a 2 day course delivering an introduction into Avid Pro Tools 10 Digital Audio Workstation software, with hands on projects and exercises to complete. Along with teaching you are also supplied with a certified textbook to keep. At the end of the 2 days there is an optional test to take, if passed, you will receive certification as proof for completing an industry recognised course.
There is a £50 fee for this course payable via  the online store (

26th-28th February 2014
09:00-17:00 Pro Tools  110
(Bridge  Wardens’ College – BWC204)

Pro Tools 110 is a 3 day course delivering a more detailed look at the production techniques used in Avid Pro Tools 10 Digital Audio Workstation software, with hands on projects and exercises to complete. Along with teaching you are also supplied with a certified textbook to keep. At the end of the 3 days there is an optional test to take, if passed, you will receive certification as proof for completing an industry recognised course.
There is a £75 fee for this course  payable via the online store (

All Music and Audio Arts Year Group students are welcome to attend

Max of 16 people for the Pro-Tools 101 and 10-12 people for Pro -Tools 110 First come, first serve basis

To book a slot email

Visiting Artist Talk – Benjamin Jenner

School of Music and Fine Art welcome Benjamin Jenner for a Visiting Artist Talk on 20th Feb.

Thursday 20th February, 2014   6-8pm
BridgeWardens College Lecture Theatre
Open to: All Students and Staff.

Benjamin Jenner

Benjamin’s work investigates the fabrication and construction of geometric environments. The practice outputs offer proposals or diagrammatic descriptions via drawing and painting, of a traversable space rather than one fully realized. A sophisticated play with color and surface/ground illicit ideas of the monumental and prompt a navigation through space that incorporates a range of scales, often spilling over from 2D into accompanying maquette and model.

Benjamin Jenner lives and works in London. He studied BA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London and received MFA Fine Art from the Slade. Jenner won the Red Mansion Art Prize in 2008.

Recent exhibitions include Creekside Open 2013, selected by Paul Noble, APT, London (2003), Signs of the City, UBM HQ in collaboration with Drawing Room, London (2013), Translate/Transcribe, Central House of Artist, Moscow (2011), The Invention of Painting, The Centre for Recent Drawing, London (2011).

View our Visting Artist Talks web page

51zero – Film, Video and Digital Arts Festival

Design your own cinematic festival experience!

Students are invited to join the pop-up consultation event during our award-winning ‘Skills Enhancement Week’ 24-28 February.

BridgeWardens College, Historic Dockyard Chatham
Monday, 24th February 2014

51ZeroWhat is your favourite film?
Where is the most interesting place you can imagine watching it?

51zero is working with local communities and students to design a festival of film, video and digital arts taking place in Medway and Kent. You are invited to join us at our pop-up consultation event.

Come and find out how to get involved and contribute to the 2014 festival programme.


Together we will explore ideas for content, locations, venues and more…

…popcorn on us.

Download the poster  51 Zero-invite-UniKent


Research Seminar – ‘Performing Live in Second Life’

Research Seminar_Nicholas Cook and Justin Gagen
Performing live in Second Life
by Professor Nicholas Cook with Justin Gagen

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bridge Wardens College, BWC201

Professor Nicholas Cook will provide a general introduction to music in the virtual world Second Life in his paper ‘Performing live in Second Life’ (co-authored with Justin Gagen) which focuses on relationships between music making in Second Life and in the real world.

Concerts in Second Life typically aim to replicate the conditions of live music in real-world venues. There are however significant technological constraints on such replication. For one thing, the music is made in the real world and streamed into Second Life. For another, the variable lag that is a basic feature of Second Life means that accurate synchronisation of images, gestures, chat, and streamed sound is impossible. Based on a case study of the virtual band Redzone (of which Justin is a co-founder), we argue that the most effective way to create liveness in Second Life is not to replicate the conditions of real world performance, but rather to reconstruct liveness based on the technological affordances of virtual reality.’

View the Research Seminar webpage.

The Research Seminar event is open to all students and staff.
View the Events Calendar

Next Research Seminar on 4 March 2014:
The Sounding Image: Interactivity in Audio-Visual Video by Dr Holly Rogers



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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.


Visiting Artist Talk – Kathrin Böhm

The School of Music and Fine Art are delighted to welcome Kathrin Böhm in the next Fine Art Visiting Artist Talk. All are welcome to attend.

Kathrin Bohm






Thursday 13th February,  2014  6-8pm BridgeWardens College Lecture Theatre.

Kathrin Böhm is an artist and founding member of the London based art and architecture collective public works, and the pan-European artist initiative  Projects are produced collaboratively and within the public realm.

Kathrin will discuss working collaboratively, working within everyday spaces, working within and towards a complex public realm, and the relationship between participatory art practice and the making of public space.

Current and recent projects include the “International Village Shop” (2005 – ongoing) with new collective product developments in Conistion (Grizedale Arts, Cumbria), Höfen (Southern Germany) and Brezoi (Romania), the second round of the “Eco Nomadic School”,  “Trade Show” at Eastside Projects in Birmingham (co-curated with Gavin Wade) “Good News From Nowhere” an exhibition and events programme at The Architecture Foundation in London, “Colchester Inn” commissioned by firstsite in Colchester and “Vorrastkammer (Pantry)” at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.

For more information on our series of Visting Artists Talks, view our Visting Artist Talks web page

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

Music and Fine Art Postgraduate Open Evening

Postgraduate Open Evening (Medway)
Wednesday February 5th, 2014
Rochester Building
Medway Campus

Book your space online today

Interested in studying for a postgraduate Fine Art or Music degree?

Postgraduate students will be able to explore music or fine art postgraduate course options at the University of Kent’s Rochester Building at the Medway campus during an Open Evening to be held 5pm – 7pm.

Teaching staff, current students and the admissions team will be available to discuss all programmes offered at the School of Music and Fine Art, including taught and research postgraduate degrees.

There will be an opportunity to tour facilities, enjoy some refreshments and discuss study options, including the option of combining study and work, how to apply, fees and costs as well as scholarships.

Among the study programmes on offer are:

MA   Fine Art
PhD  Fine Art

MA  Music Composition
MA  Music Technology
MA  Sound and Image
PhD Music

Academics will be on hand throughout the evening to explain how the programmes are structured and to outline availability of funding, internship and career opportunities.

There will also be staff available who can discuss the full range of undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities at the University of Kent at all its locations in the UK and Europe.

For more information about the Open Evening, visit the Postgraduate Events webpage or contact School of Music and Fine Art Reception on

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