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Tim Meacham and Adam Chodzko have got the ‘Moves’

Celebrating the Extraordinary World of Mobile Art Vehicles – ‘Art Moves’ at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Tim and Adam displayed their vehicles.

Ghost - Adam Chodzho The Drawing Carriage Tim Meacham

Art Moves is a celebration of the extraordinary world of mobile art vehicles at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Bringing together twenty-five of the most ingenious and inventive art vehicles, Art Moves offers a unique showcase of mobile architecture and art as part of London’s Open House weekend and the Park’s arts and culture programme. This collection of vehicles which was selected by invitation and open call, is a visual experience that also prompts further thought into some of society’s most pressing issues such as sustainability, new modes of architecture and transport, and how we interact with one another.

Fine Art lecturers Tim Meacham and Adam Chodzko both exhibited their works during the event.

Tim Meaham:The Drawing Carriageby Tim Meacham is a pedal powered vehicle designed to allow the passenger to engage in a “powered stroll”, exploring and enjoying outdoor spaces at a leisurely pace. The Carriage is mounted on a tricycle chassis and steered and powered from the back, allowing the passenger an uninterrupted view and giving the “front seat top deck of bus” experience, with a live ‘soundscape experience’. The passenger is encouraged to document their journey using a drawing apparatus mounted on the bench. The apparatus is connected to an arm that traces the terrain over which the carriage moves, transferring the undulations and texture of the ground to the surface of the drawing. The journey becomes part of the drawing, which the passenger is invited to keep as a memento.
View The Drawing Carriage Video
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Adam Chodzko:
‘Ghost’ by Adam Chodzko
is a custom-built wooden two-man kayak inspired by the artist’s work around Deadman’s Island, so named after being used as a burial site for the bodies of convicts who were imprisoned within the hulks, moored in nearby Swale throughout 19th Century. ‘Ghost’ is a vehicle for visiting the dead – the passenger is positioned low and flat within the vessel – as though being lain to rest in a coffin and paddled to their final destination. A camera records each trip from the bow, creating a unique film archive. For ‘Art Moves’ the artist will undertake a series of new journeys within the Olympic Park, visiting sites along the waterways that allude to past uses and histories.

Read more about Art Moves at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


Stour Valley Arts Residency for Fine Art students

This month sees Nadeen Adbulla and Maegan Newbury, who were awarded the prestigous artist residency with Stour Valley Arts take their place in the Forest Studio.

stour valley arts

The University of Kent, School of Music and Fine Art and the Stour Valley Arts work closely together to provide exciting opportunities for upcoming artists to undertake residencies in their newly converted Forest Studio on the edge of King’s Wood, Challock in Kent.

This month, the successful student artists take their place among the wildlife for two weeks in order to undertake a series of self-directed work as part of this fantastic opportunity with Stour Valley Arts in their new residency environment.

Maegan and Nadeen were awarded the residency amid a high level of applicants, there were over 150 artists vying for the chance to enjoy this unique and rewarding process-led opportunity that helps students build their artist experience in a ‘real-world’ setting that goes beyond the gallery space, as well as the thrill of  working and living in the forest.  This opportunity comes as part of the the Fine Art degree programme at the School and supports the module ‘Place and Site’.


It is with great pleasure that this year we are able to offer residencies to two students who thrived through the process of ‘Place & Site’. Nadeen and Maegan will have the opportunity to use Forest Studio and King’s Wood as their testing ground for 2 weeks. – Forest Studio and SVA

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Forest Studio
Stour Valley Arts
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Sarah Turner successfully secures new film project -Public House

Sarah Turner has secured a film development award in order to undertake a new long term shape shifting film project.


Sarah Turner Sarah Turner, Beatrice Gibson and Larissa Sansour have become the latest artists to secure development support through FLAMIN Productions. Selected from over ninety proposals, the artists’ exciting new long-from projects impressed the expert panel and won them the unique opportunity to participate in a funded development phase- an essential period for artists to refine ideas and acquire the skills and contacts to realise work to their best potential.

At the end of the development phase, the three projects will be considered for production support – with £100,000 available to support the successful work.

In addition to their outstanding creative quality, a key characteristic shared by the awarded projects and artists is the potential they have to benefit from the period of mentoring and financial support offered by this development stage. A fact that boosts their chances of securing production funding when the time comes.

Sarah Turner – Public House

Public House  fuses fact and fiction in a multi layered exploration of memory, community and social reinvention.  Activated in response to the community takeover of the Ivy House pub, London, SE15, this feature length work for cinemas is a shape shifting genre hybrid that moves from observational document to minimalist opera. Interweaving testament, performance poetry and an innovative soundscape that fuses acousmatic composition and verbatim librettos, the film explores individual and cultural memory and its resonance in shaping social spaces.

About FLAMIN Productions

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, FLAMIN Productions is a unique commissioning scheme which goes beyond simply producing work – it is committed to nurturing talent and supporting innovative artists in their professional growth.

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New ‘Platform Series’ music events return for 2014/5

School of Music and Fine Art are starting the new academic year with a swing and launching our new musical Platform Series for 2014/15

Kent Platform Series Poster

  • Autumn Term: 20th October to 15th December
    Mondays 4-5pm, Wednesdays 12-1pm
  • Spring Term: 9th February to 10th April

This year our programme expands to include two regular weekly live performance events, at the Medway Campus. There will be showcases from student performers across a wide spectrum of genres and material by student composers/songwriters, including both solo and ensemble and band sets. There will also be a number of invited performances by both invited guest artists and our own renowned and high profile instrumental and vocal Tutors.

Performances are open to the public and take place in the Galvanising Shop on the Dockyard.

If you are visiting from outside the Department, please contact MFAReception@kent.ac.uk for event information.

Download the Platform Series Poster

Fine Art graduates exhibit as emerging talent in Kent Degree Show

School of Music and Fine Art graduates of 2014, Sophie Dixon, Michael Sullivan and Claire Orme represent the University of Kent in a county-wide Degree Show.


01 August – 13 September
Private View Thursday 31 July  6–8pm

Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery,
Buckhurst Lane,
TN13 1LQ      

The Sun_film still for Kent Degree Show
Credit: “The Sun” (film still), 2013, Piotr Sitko.

Following the success of the School of Music and Fine Art end of year Degree Show 2014, three students have been selected to go forward and represent the school in an exhibition showcasing emerging talent across Kent.

The Kent Degree Show will exhibit a selection of work from Kent’s 2014 Fine Art graduates. The exhibition includes student’s work from Canterbury Christ Church University, K College, University of Kent, and University for the Creative Arts.

Exhibiting artists: Jemma Braidwood, Sophie Dixon, James Duck, Verity Hunt, Josephine Mankelow, Shona McGovern, Simon Merrifield & Claire Orme, Timothy Noble, Maggy Rodd, Piotr Sitko, Diane Smalley and Michael Sullivan.

The Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery is a contemporary space run by Kent County Council to show new and experimental work from local artists.

The exhibition is free to visitors and runs from 01 August – 13 September.

RSVP: kaleidoscope@kent.gov.uk 

KCC art council

MAAST system sound diffusion at Farnborough

MAAST participates in the event Speed of Sound – Aerodynamics and experimental acoustics, part of the Wind Tunnel Project

The School of Music and Fine Art’s ‘Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre’ (MAAST) system diffused a series of live electroacoustic,
acousmatic works and sound installations at Farnborough Wind Tunnels, on Sunday 6 July 2014.


Speed of Sound interprets a history of aero-acoustic advancement through a half-day of talks and performances re-activiating the decommissioned space of Q121 and remarkable air return duct. Manipulation of acoustics plays an important role for twenty-first century developments in aviation and experimental music. Investigating ideas of noise and turbulence, and approaches to sensing and recording, this event converges findings in aerodynamics and experimental sound practices as invited artists and speakers engage with the physical uses of sound.


Graham Rood (Sound & vibration research / wind tunnel engineer / FAST Museum)

An introduction to the history and practice of aeroacoustic research in the wind tunnels at Farnborough.

Aki Pasoulas & Paul Fretwell (SMFA, University of Kent)

Diffusing their acousmatic works Arborescences and King’s Cross. With special guest Peiman Khosravi and his 6-channel work Vertex. Testing the limits of Kent University’s full Genelec diffusion sound system installed throughout the event spaces.

Teleplasmiste (Mark Pilkington/ Strange Attractor with Michael J York)

Testing the space with an experimental demonstration of standing waves and resonant frequencies in the unique acoustic environment of the tunnels.

Sound as Terror (Royal College of Art)

A presentation of sonic research into the use of drones in contemporary conflict.

Cindytalk (Editions Mego) 

A set embodying the micro-events of wind flow and dynamics, found here in a push of elemental sources and synthesis.

Dalhous (Blackest Ever Black)

Finding a new soundtrack for the wind tunnel – a live set created to embody the space and its physics.

The Wind Tunnels at Farnborough have opened to the public for the first time, 50 years after they stopped operating.  Aircraft from Spitfires to Concorde were tested on the premises. http://www.airsciences.org.uk/windtunnels.html


School of Music & Fine Art – PhD Scholarships for September 2014 entry

School of Music and Fine Art are celebrating our inaugural year and are delighted to announce up to THREE fee waiver PhD scholarships (Home/EU rate) for PhD students.

NEW phd scholarships kent

The Scholarships are available to UK, EU and overseas students and will cover tuition fees (at the home/EU rate). They are offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years subject to satisfactory academic performance.


In order to be eligible for these scholarships, applicants should apply for, and subsequently receive an offer of, a place at the University of Kent for one of the following PhD courses for September 2014 entry.

  • Fine Art (Practice as Research)
  • Music and Technology*

Please note that new PhDs in Music (Research, Composition or Performance) are in the final stages of approval within the University and applicants for these areas are encouraged to apply for PhD Music and Technology with the understanding that they can then transfer onto the new PhDs upon arrival (subject to approval) where appropriate.

The scholarship competition is open to all doctoral research applicants who have applied or are applying to the School of Music and Fine Art for entry in the academic year starting September 2014. Please visit Kent’s postgraduate pages for comprehensive information about how to apply for postgraduate research study.  These Scholarships are only open to applicants whose proposed first supervisor is in the School of Music and Fine Art. Please see SMFA staff pages for further information on potential supervisors.

Please note that all of these Scholarships will be based at the University of Kent’s Medway campus.

How to apply

In addition to their application for study, all new doctoral research applicants wishing to be considered for these scholarships must:

  • Complete a scholarship application form [Word docx, 55KB]
  • Provide a copy of their CV
  • Write a covering letter. Each applicant should supply the names, addresses, telephone numbers and emails of two referees.


The deadline for receipt of applications is 11 August 2014. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a panel-led interview in early September 2014 with study to commence later that month.

Scholarships application forms, CVs and covering letters (including referee details) should be sent by post or by email to:

Email: MFAadmissions@kent.ac.uk
Post: Research Scholarship Applications,
c/o Recruitment & Admissions Administrator,
School of Music & Fine Art,
The Old Surgery,
The Historic Dockyard,
Chatham Maritime,
Kent ME4 4TE

Further enquiries about these scholarships should be directed to:
Kathryn Sansom, Recruitment and Admissions Administrator, School of Music and Fine Art MFAadmissions@kent.ac.uk, 01634 202962 / 01634 888980

TONE Festival Event – Steve Klee’s Artist Talk

Steve Klee Artist’s talk


When: Sunday 15 June, 14:00 – 15:00
Where: POP 64-66 High Street, Chatham

Join us for a FREE artist’s talk by Steve Klee ‘Re-animating the Archive’, about his exhibition and performance work for TÖNE.

Steve Klee’s exhibition relates to his performances Too Prolix: A Tour Out of Time for TÖNE on Saturday 21st June at The Historic Dockyard.

Through his archival research of the site he will re-perform with actors the political events of the Dockyard using the performative gestures detailed in Francis Nivelon’s The Rudiments of Genteel Behavior (1737) and this exhibition will show the archival traces that he has used to construct his tour.



TONE Festival Event – Kathy Hinde Workshop

Kathy Hinde workshop


When: Saturday – Sunday 14-15 June, 12:00 – 15:00
Where: Cafe, Fort Amherst

Artist Kathy Hinde will be at Fort Amherst in the cafe to make thousands of origami birds. These will be used in her fascinating installation Twittering Machines in the Gate House during the festival weekend (20-22 June) which will be a sonic and visual combination of bird-song imitation machines fashioned from old morse code keys, twittering mechanised music boxes, a rustling cloud of paper birds twitching overhead, a 78rpm recording of nightingales with a cello, or the echo of Lancaster bombers.



Free workshops and Talks at the TONE Festival

Take advantage of Töne festival artists working around the Medway area,join them for workshops and talks during the festival from 9th to 22nd June.

Origami Workshop
Make origami cranes for Kathy Hinde’s new installation ‘Twittering Machines II’
Drop-in sessions take place in the cafe at Fort Amherst on 14th and 15th July from 12-3pm

Drawing Workshop
Sign up for exclusive workshops with artists Allan Giddy and Morgan O’Hara:

  • Morgan O’Hara, 2 hour site-based drawing workshop open to local artists and students
    (10 places) at University of Kent spaces on 19th June 11-1pm 
  • Allan Giddy, 2 hour studio workshop to arts students (12 places) on site-specific, sculptural and installation practice at University space 12th June 11-1pm

Both workshops are free, but as spaces are limited please register by
e-mailing tonefestival@outlook.com

Artists Talks
Listen to artist Tomoko Sauvage, James Geurts, Kathy Hinde, Anna Koch & Mats Lindström, Steve Klee, Ben Fitton & Dylan Shipton talk about their artistic practice and making work for our new festival. Artists talks take place at various dates, times and venues.

To check out details and join us in many more exciting events visit www.tonefestival.com and follow us @tonefestival to hear the latest news!

School of Music and Fine Art – TONE Festival