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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 

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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.

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