School of Music and Fine Art Community Engagement Prize

Design a poster or a sound track for Oxfam shops – entries before 11th April.

Oxfam logo
Oxfam wants to communicate with the UK public about the work they do in developing countries.

Can you produce a soundtrack using a variety of music which can be overlaid with sound bites about Oxfam’s work? Or, can you design an eye catching poster with information about Oxfam’s work?

The 2 winners ideas will contribure to the final piece which will be used by Oxfam nationally. They will also receive a prize of £100 each and the School of Music and Fine Art Community Engagement Prize.

Entries must be received BEFORE the end of spring term on 11th April, 2014. Please submit to

Further information please email putting ‘OXFAM PROJECT’ in the subject header.

Good luck folks!

Sound-Image-Space Research Centre (SISRC) welcomes new member and a new research focus

The School of Music and Fine Art would like to welcome a new member of staff to our Sound-Image-Space Research Centre SISRC. Dr Freya Vass-Rhee.


Dr Freya Vass-Rhee, also a new member of staff, lecturing in Drama and Theatre for The School of Arts in Canterbury, joins SISRC to bring a new area of research into the Centre.

Dr Vass-Rhee’s primary focus is Visuo-Sonic analysis of dance and theatre performance from cognitive interdisciplinary perspectives and is also a member of the Centre for Cognition, Kinesthetics & Performance, based at Canterbury, where she is in the process of organising a visit in later this spring by Kate Stevens (MARCS Auditory Labs, U. Western Sydney), who is a specialist in music and cognition with an avid interest in dance and sound.

Dr Freya Vass-Rhee Profile:
Freya studied Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of California, Los Angeles before completing a PhD in Dance History and Theory in 2011 from the University of California, Riverside with the dissertation “Audio-Visual Stress: Cognitive Approaches to the Perceptual Performativity of William Forsythe and Ensemble.” From 2011 to 2013, Freya was an Associate Researcher with the Dance Engaging Science workgroup of the Motion Bank project (The Forsythe Company, Frankfurt). Her research has appeared in Dance Chronicle and in edited volumes on dance dramaturgy and the work of William Forsythe.

Prior to her academic career, Freya worked as a professional dancer, ballet mistress, teacher, and choreographer with companies in Europe and the U.S. Her training includes classical/neoclassical ballet, contemporary and modern dance, period styles of musical theater dance, jazz, and tap dance.

From 2006-13, Freya served as dramaturg and production assistant to choreographer William Forsythe. She has also freelanced as dramaturg for choreographers including David Dawson.

View Dr Freya Vass-Rhee profile

Visiting Artist Talk – David Cross

The School of Music and Fine Art are delighted to welcome artist David Cross in the next Fine Art Visiting Artist Talk on Thursday March 20th.

It Happened Here
Cornford & Cross
It happened Here 2012
Laying the turf fom Ulster at The Commandery Courtyard, Worcestershire
The site of the defining battle of the English Civil War

Thursday March 20th 6pm

Bridge Wardens College
Lecture Theatre


David Cross has collaborated with Matthew Cornford since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1991. Because Cornford & Cross respond to the intrinsic problems of particular contexts and situations, each of their projects has been different in form and content. A wide range of people have helped to realize their projects, which aim to stimulate discussion and debate on issues of public concern, including environment, development and social justice.

Cornford & Cross maintain that in addition to producing aesthetic experiences, a key function of contemporary art is to test concepts, assumptions and boundaries. Yet while such testing is necessary, it is not sufficient: art practice should expand the ability to envision alternative possibilities, and to choose from amongst them as an act of free will. The book Cornford & Cross (London: Black Dog Publishing, 2009) includes critical essays by John Roberts and Rachel Withers, and sets out a chronology of their projects as a basis for examining the aesthetic and ethical concerns of their practice.

David Cross Profile:
David Cross is a Reader and Pathway Leader for MA Visual Arts (Graphic Design) at Camberwell. Since setting up the MA in 2004, David has challenged the notion of professional neutrality in graphic design, encouraging instead an ethos that is interdisciplinary, research-oriented and socially engaged.
David has given lectures internationally, and chaired events at the South London Gallery, Tate and Whitechapel.

Download the Poster – David Cross

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Join us for live music this Thursday- ‘Little Big Band’

University of Kent ‘Little Big Band’
Thursday 13th March 6pm,
Galvanising Shop

Live Music_13MarchJoin us for live Music !

Come and enjoy a selection of Big Band repertoire and jazz standards, Directed by Lisa Davies







Drums and percussion – Cameron Cole, Sam Nsiah and Emmanuel

Piano – George Kyriakakis

Guitars – Allan Dymond and Jim Lidster-Browne

Bass – Craig Stalker

Saxes – Garrick Wareham, Lindsay Edmondson and Rhian Powell (with support by local player Brian Hatcher)

Trumpet – Esther Kiburi

Research Seminar – Dr Jennifer Walshe

Tonights Research Seminar we present Dr Jennifer Walshe.
Bridge Wardens College, Lecture Theatre
Tuesday, 11th March, 2014

Dr Jennifer Walshe will present her  recent work
She is a composer, performer and visual artist of whom the Irish  Times has said that “without a doubt, hers is the most original  compositional voice to emerge in Ireland in the last 20 years”.  Jennifer Walshe says of her work that “the  sounds I am interested in include those that we hear all the time but are normally  considered flawed or redundant: twigs snapping in a burning fire, paper  tearing, breathing, instrumental sounds that aren’t considered ‘beautiful’ in  standard terms.

I think these sounds have their own beauty in the way that  pebbles on a beach or graffiti can have.”

Download the Poster: Research Seminar-Jennifer Walshe

Upcoming Seminar:
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Rebirth of Music from the Spirit of Drama – Jean Martin

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Live Music Wednesday – 7: Performance Platform

Join us for live Music every Wednesday!

Music Weds_12March

12th March 12-1pm, Galvanising Shop

Come and experience mixed weekly programmes from our fabulous BMus performers. All welcome! (Music starts 12.15)





Joyce Si Voice

Lindsay Edmondson Clarinet

Lydia Andrew Voice

Becca Hurrell Sax

Rhian Powell Voice

Dan Orton Bass

Andy Flintoff Voice

Visiting Artist Talk – Adam Dix

The School of Music and Fine Art are delighted to welcome artist Adam Dix in the next Fine Art Visiting Artist Talk on Thursday March 6th.

The Sentinels 2012
The Sentinels 2012

Thursday March 6th 6-8pm
Bridge Wardens College
BWC 102

Adam Dix’s work concerns itself with signs of communication technology and our own desire to communicate. His exploration and personification of these devices of modern information transmission, explore the comprehension of technology on a humanistic level.

By focusing on the abundance of communication devices in contemporary society, his work discusses ‘allure’ for the user and is further exaggerated by appropriating the ritualistic, ceremonial traits and imagery often found in the genres of science fiction, nationalism and religion.

Adam Dix Profile:
Recent shows include: Yesterday’s Prophets at Eleven Gallery London. Ici Londres at Galerie Silin, Paris France. Carousel at Aspex Portsmouth. Creekside Open (Ceri Hand) at APT Gallery London. News From The Sun at Phoenix Art Centre Exeter

Download the Poster – Adam Dix
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Thursday Lunchtime Concert – The Octandre Ensemble

Open to Students and Staff and free to come along and enjoy…
The Octandre Ensemble

When: Thurs 6th March
Time: 1-2pm
Location: The Galv.

We are delighted to have The Octandre Ensemble back again this year and they will be visiting us this coming Thursday, 6th March.

The Ensemble will be giving a concert  in the Galv from 1pm through to 2pm featuring an excellent programme of contemporary music including Luigi Nono’s ‘Sofferte…’ for piano and electronics.

This is a valuable opportunity to hear some truly exceptional professional musicians. The concert will be followed by a workshop (which you’re welcome attend) which will focus on approaches to writing for violin, clarinet and piano.

Entry is free for staff and students.

Concert Programme;

-Berg: Vier Stucke (clarinet and piano)

-Nono: ‘Sofferte…’ (piano and electronics)

-Webern: Vier Stucke (violin and piano)

-Stravinsky: Soldiers Tale (violin, clarinet & piano)

Also on Thursday:
Don’t forgot we also have Line Upon Line percussion trio with us tomorrow, giving a performance workshop at midday followed by a concert at 6pm – both are in the Galv.


Research Seminar – ‘The Sounding Image: Interactivity in Audio Visual Video’ by Dr Holly Rogers

– ‘The Sounding Image: Interactivity in Audio Visual Video’ by Dr Holly Rogers
– ‘The Sounding Image: Interactivity in Audio Visual Video’ by Dr Holly Rogers

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Bridge Wardens College, BWC201
Dr Holly Rogers will be visiting the School of Music and Fine Art to present some of her ideas from her recent publication ‘Sound the Gallery: Video and the Rise of Art-Music’, which explores the first decade of creative video work, focussing on the ways in which video technology was used to dissolve the boundaries between art and music.

Becoming commercially available in the mid 1960’s, video became integral to the experimentalism of New York City’s music and art scenes. The medium was able to record image and sound at the same time, allowing composers to visualise their music artists to sound their images in a quick and easy manner. Video also enable the creation of interactive spaces that questioned conventional habits of music and art consumption.

The mediums audio visual synergy could be projected, manipulated and processed live and the closed circuit video feed drew audience members into the heart of the experience. Such activated spectatorship resulted in improvisatory and performative events, in which the space between artists, composers, performers and visitors collapsed into a single, yet expansive, intermedial environment. Many believed that audio visual video signalled a brand new art form that only begun in 1965.

Rogers book suggests that this is inaccurate. During the Twentieth Century, composers were experimenting with spatialising their sounds, while artists were attempting to include time as creative element in their visual work. Pioneering video work allowed these two disciplines to come together. Shifting the focus from object to spatial process, Sounding The Gallery uses theories in intermedia, fim, architecture, drama and performance practice to create an interdisciplinary history of music and art that culminates in the rise of video art-music in the late 1960s.

Download the Poster: SMFA_Research Seminar_04.03.14

Upcoming Seminar:
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Dr Jennifer Walshe will present her recent work.

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Creative Events Graduate revisits the Dockyard to meet students and see our new facilities

Creative Events graduate Charlotte Lam recently returned to Kent to see the new developments and talk to staff and students about her experiences and successes and how she put her learning into practice.

Charlotte Lam (left) talks to students about her career experiences
Charlotte Lam (left) talks to students about her career experiences

Graduating in 2010 with her degree in Creative Events, Charlotte then returned to her home in Hong Kong to undertake an internship with Katemagg and was shortly snapped up by EC Square PR and Events where she was PR and Events Executive. This exciting experience gave her confidence to set up an events company called AHHA Events & Projects, where she now project manages brand launches, provides media marketing campaigns and organises products launches.

During Charlotte’s recent visit to the UK, she took some time out from her busy schedule to come and talk to students about the experiences of her studies, internship and her recent business start-up. She reflected upon working some exhausting 14-hour days during her time with EC Square PR and Events, as well as producing events for clients such as Louis Vuitton with a group of current 3rd year students.

Charlotte also told students about AHHA Events & Projects recent work in designing and producing the Junghans Store opening in Macau, as well as the 60th Anniversary celebrations for Max Factor in Hong Kong, and how she has been able to apply her education into the real world.  “One of the main parts of my job is pitching ideas to my clients. I regularly put into practice my learning from my 3rd Year Project Pitch module, but I do find I have to be a bit sharper on the costs and budgets now!” said Charlotte during an informal chat with staff and students who enjoyed her candid reflections.

Director of Studies of Creative Events, Peter Hatton said “it was fascinating to hear how Charlotte now knows every venue in Hong Kong and its suitability for client events, as well as how she has had to become a tough negotiator with suppliers and contractors. The staff here are extremely proud of her achievements”.

During her visit she was treated to a guided tour of the School’s new facilities, where she was both surprised and impressed by all the additions since her graduation in 4 years ago. The tour encompassed the new Engineering Workshop and the Smithery studios, the audio studios and the workshop as well as the Hub and the new café, all of which was new to Charlotte, as the Galvanising Shop was the only creative space when she studied here.

The changes are phenomenal and it is exciting to see so many students together here in the workshop, they have such great facilities at their fingertips” said Charlotte, “I want to come back and study here all over again!