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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!

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Degree Show 2014 – Opening Day Success

Saturday 24th May saw the grand opening of the 24th Degree Show for the Fine Art, Creative Events and Music at the University of Kent.

Open until June 2nd, Free to attend.

DSC_0309_compressedThe event which showcases the work of almost 50 undergraduate and postgraduate students at the School of Music and Fine Art, opened to the inaugural private viewing at 2pm on Saturday, 24th May.  The show is now open to the public and free to attend, with Fine Art installations located amind the magnificent Slip3 Mezzanine, with Creative Events and Music Students having work DSC_0429_compressedacross the Engingeering Workshop and The Smitheries.

Guest speakers, renowned artist Humphrey Ocean and Artistic Director of the Huddersfield Music Festival, Graham McKenzie opened the event officially, providing some amusing annecdotes and useful insights for the students. You can read about their speeches below. Also Sarah Turner and Tim Meacham took time to thank colleagues and congratulate the students on their achievements and the students themselves gave their appreciation to everyone who helped with the Degree Show arrangements for 2014.

View a few of the students conversations about their work, their set up and their onward expectations for their careers on the School of Music and Fine Art You Tube channel or on our Facebook page.

Not only were the Fine Art BA and MA students exhibiting some amazing installations, but the Creative Events students were showcasing some of their presentations, videos and models, and the Music students entertained guests with an array of genres throughout the afternoon.

Open until Monday June 2nd, open to the public and free to attend, the Degree Show concludes with a special and unique addition for 2014 – an ‘Education Day’, where schools and collegess are encouraged to contact us for the chance to get workshops and talks as well as take part in activities that give younger budding artists the joy of art as well as showcase the wonderful facilties that students at the University enjoy.

DSC_0246_Compressed Humphrey Ocean:
“The world is alright, because there are still art schools. Arts schools are where you are taught ‘nothing’ but your learn everything”

“ You are just about to enter the weird bit of your lives, the next 70 years”

“Another misnomer about art, is that you love art. Anyone can love art, take Tate Modern, it’s the most popular visitor attraction in England apparently. It makes you want to go home and say ‘that show ‘em’ – it’s not a love, it’s a need.”

“If you are artist and going to make your life as an artist, it is because you have no alternative. Its not a career choice. You have got to want to make, more than anything, is another day where you can just go into the studio and close the door, so you can craft without someone coming in and saying ‘this is how you should have done it’. You want to make mistakes, get it wrong, make it bad, make it smell, then the world will catch up and say that smells good.”
“Welcome aboard, it is a breathtaking way to live your life, even if it does take you breath away sometimes. I wish you the best of luck.”
DSC_0253_compressedGraham McKenzie:

Many thanks to Tim and Claudia for inviting me to this 24th degree show and this amazing complex of buildings. Walking round this show, I am greatly encouraged to see art from the various disciplines coming together because I really believe that divisions between the art forms is no longer relevant. I read an article in the Guardian today that was persuasive article that talks about cross genre work as a way to grow interest and culture as a way as far as audience are concerned. We have seen artist from film winning the Turner Prize and a visual artists that uses human voice as her instrument and is her artwork, and its only a matter time I believe before a composer wins a Turner Prize.

Many of the younger generation of artists and composers that I work  with are comfortable being in gallery setting working in installations, as well as writing or performing in a more traditional concert hall or setting.

Another thing that struck me as I walked around this show earlier, as well as the quality of work and the innovation, the thing that was most pleasing was the individual voices, for me really stood out. I think whatever genre you are working in art, its that individuality that’s important. Follow your vision, your belief and when you leave the education establishment its tough to follow that through. You need that all important break. You need luck but you can make your own luck to certain extent.

There are people there like me, outside that walls of education whose responsibility it is to seek out emerging talent to help you articulate and facilitate your vision. It’s about building working relationships and finding the curators and programmers out there that believe in you and your work.

It can be soul destroying when your sending things away and your fired up about a project, and you’re not getting the responses when your are approaching galleries or festivals or concert halls. Don’t be disheartened when you are approaching people and you are not getting an instant response, they probably are subconsciously aware of you. Keep politely sending stuff in and it will seep through.

To end, my congratulations to you regarding the standard of work in this exhibition and the work in the buildings around. It will be my pleasure to work with many of you in the future.







Counting down and setting up

Time is tick in the lead up to the Final Year Degree Show 2014

With 5 days to go until the Private Viewing signifying the grand opening of the long awaited Degree Show, Monday 19th May saw the start of a very busy week for Final Year students of Fine Art, Creative Events and Music at the University of Kent.

As work progresses to get everything ready in time for the first (private) viewing of the Degree Show, fine artists, musician and creative events students are getting their work and performances ready.  Some have been marked already and many are still under assessment.

Fine Art work got hoisted to the magnificent Mezzanine floor of the Slip 3 at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, where the Degree Show final installations for the Fine Art students will be exhibited. View the I AM Present video of Day 1 here.

We managed to get some sneak previews of the work going up today, and chatting with the students, some of them reveal to us their inspirations for their work.

We will join the students later in the week for a final look at their exciting preparations.

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Introducing a unique addition to The Degree Show 2014 – Our new ‘Education Day’

To celebrate the conclusion of their final year Degree Show 2014, the School of Music and Fine Art at the University of Kent is hosting an a unique opportunity for school aged children to join us on inspiring and fun Education Day.

The Degree Show is open to the public 25th-26th May and 29th May until Monday 2nd June. The final day we are open for groups of school children (accompanied by their teachers) to provide an exciting overview of the show, the School and our facilities.Advert-image_cmprsd

Designed to provide inspiration and promote liasions with local and regional schools, the Education Day is for children of Reception Year to Year 13.

Date: Monday 2nd June 2014
Time: 10.00-12.00 or 1.00-3.00pm
Location: Chatham Historic Dockyard
Age suitability: Year R – Year 13

There will be a guided trail and tour of the Fine Art Degree Show exhibition and a practical, age-appropriate workshop run by University of Kent Fine Art students. Workshop plans available beforehand.  Attendees are welcome to bring packed lunches to eat beforehand/afterwards.

Schools who would like more information or who wish to book onto this event should email MFAadmissions@kent.ac.uk
Please indicate group number and age of group when getting in touch.

‘Hear the City’ App produced at the Dockyard, will be heard in Brussels.

Hear the CityFollowing her visit to the NEM Summit in France last October, Kate Halsall, Lecturer in Music Performance and Audio Arts has begun a research project and has just finished recording an App in the Foundry (@Foundry) at the School of Music and Fine Art, called ‘Hear the City’.

This is part of an Artist in Residency programme with Stromatolite, a partner in the ICT and Art Connect project, funded by the European Commission FP7 Programme, for the purpose of fostering collaboration between ICT and Art. Hear the City takes random snapshots of social activity from specific localities through the conversion of Twitter feeds into musical notation, creating a reflection on both the endless invisible streams of metadata and the visible comments we throw out into the world.

Incorporating projections showing the origins of the Tweets and feeds, real time Instagram pictures and synthesised text to note sounds, the installation is accompanied by a live recital of the translated incoming texts by concert pianist Kate Halsall. Shifting effortlessly between the poignant and the humourous, this unique combination of analogue and digital, live performance and generative music, shines a compelling spotlight onto our social world.

This project begun at the NEM Summit in 2013 and the results will be premiered on 12th May at the Sigma Orionis event, The ICT and Art Connect at the European Commission in Brussels, May11-12.

Further Reading…

Connecting Art and Technology: European trends and forward looking
A FET-ART panel will present the major findings of the project, delivering recommendations to the European Commission and outlining new research venues and best practices. The panel is made of: Marta Arniani (Sigma Orionis); Camille Baker (Brunel University); Lucas Evers (Waag Society); Svetlana Kondakova (Black Cube Collective); Michela Magas (Stromatolite). The session is moderated by Roger Torrenti. 

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Sounds New Festival welcomes ‘boundary-trashing’ Icebreaker Ensemble to Canterbury.

Coming to Canterbury campus on Saturday May 3rd, is ‘Icebreaker Ensemble’.
As part of their new tour called ‘Kraftwork Uncovered’, produced by Third Ear, features School of Music and Fine Art Assistant Lecturer for Music (guitar), James Woodrow and new Assistant Lecturer Rowland Sutherland (flute).

Sounds New Festival is annual event, with the University’s Music Department as partner the Festival will bring two vibrant headline concerts to the Colyer-Fergusson Building in Canterbury. Regular campus visitors the Brodsky Quartet also return on Thursday 8 May.

Icebreaker Ensemble will be here in a performance of Brian Eno’s Apollo for all Mankind, as well as the premiere of composer Ed Bennett’s Suspect Device and music by Julia Wolfe.

Find out more about all the events happening on the Sounds New website.

Applicants Spring Newsletters – Out Now.

News and information for students applying or considering applying for a Music, Fine Art or Creative Events degree at Kent.

For news and information for applicants to undergraduate music, fine art or creative events degree courses, we have the spring edition newsletters out now.

Fine Art
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  • Art and Design ranking
  • Degree Show 2014
  • Michael Day – student success story
  • Visiting Artists Presentations
  • Meet our Kent Cultural Baton – 1950’s converted air stream caravan
  • Read about our new studio block facilities

Fine Art News 2014

Music and Audio Arts

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  • New practice facilities and studios
  • We’re in The Guardian University Guide – Top 10!
  • Master Classes, guest lectures and workshops
  • MAAST – Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre – partnership with London Contemporary Music Festival
  • ‘Octandre’ provide a Composition Workshop
  • SAMBA Band and music ensembles
  • Student Field Trip to Paris
  • Medway Music Society
  • The TONE Festival

Music News

Creative Events

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  • Art and Events Facilities
  • Engineering Workshop
  • New about our Academic and Technical Staff
  • Scholarshops

Creative Events newsletter Feb 2014

View the webpage and download all Newsletters

The Voice finalist records at School of Music and Fine Art

Jamie Johnson, finalist of BBC’s The Voice is recording his pre-album demo ahead of his first studio album in Kent’s state of the art music facilities.Jamie Johnson School of Music and Fine Art

A member of pop icon Kylie Minogue’s team in the show, Jamie will record all six tracks which he performed during the series in the University’s professional recording studio, part of its School of Music and Fine Art based at the Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Returning to Medway after the show’s finale last Saturday (5 May), the 19 year old has selected the University’s facilities for its  flag ship studio  located  near to his hometown of Gillingham.

The Foundry recording studio, which is part of the University of Kent’s multi million pound dockyard facility produces high quality recordings and provides a platform for artists to produce professional standard work. Jamie will also be supported by two of the School’s studio technicians when he records the  tracks.

Phil Marsh, head of technical support said: ‘We’re delighted to be able to provide professional level studio time to one of the UK’s latest music artists. Jamie did incredibly well in The Voice and despite not winning the competition he knows that most of the singers who go on to succeed after the competition are the runners’ up. We hope that by providing  high class recording facilities we can help give his career the success he is looking for.’

‘Being local to Medway and having state-of-the art facilities of this calibre at the University of Kent is fantastic. I worked in a number of studios during rehearsals on The Voice and these are definitely on a par with the ones I used when I was singing alongside Kylie Minogue. I’m eager to record my debut album so people can continue to listen to my music now my journey as part of The Voice has come to an end’ says Jamie.

Jamie Johnson in Foundry Studio

Other artists and musicians can utilise the University’s School of Music and Fine Art recording facilities following the introduction of an independent record label based at the University.

The label will provide up and coming artists, particularly from the South East, the opportunity to use professional studio facilities in Kent to produce their work.



BBC’s ‘The Voice’ Jamie Johnson visits our Dockyard facilities

Jamie Johnson visits the School

BBC TV’s ‘The Voice’ runner up, Jamie Johnson visits the School of Music and Fine Art to see our facilities and meet the students.

We were more than delighted to welcome a special guest, who paid an impromptu visit to the School yesterday. Fresh off the TV show and rigourous 14 hour days, local lad Jamie wanted to visit the School, meet our students and see our fantastic facilities here at the Dockyard.

Jamie and his support were shown around the School and, in particular our state of the art recording facilities. He was suitably impressed by the space and equipment we have here.
He was shown around some of the other studios and met up with some students for an informal chat.

We were pleased that Jamie took some time out of his day to pay us a visit and we would be pleased to welcome him back in the future.