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F.I.V.E Feelings International Video Art Experience – Open Call for Artists

Open call for Artists to be part of an international event.
FIVE is a new international videoart project created by Magmart.
Open Call for Artists_FIVE

26-30 May 2014 @LV21
24-30 June 2014 @ROOM (Historic Dockyard)

If you are a visual artist, a sound artist, a performer, a writer, a dancer, a musician or a ‘creative’ of any other sort… if you are inspired by the five senses and interested in getting involved with this Sensory Experience in Medway, please get in touch.

Email: five.medway@gmail.com
Website. http://www.f-i-v-e.net/

In association with School of Music and Fine Art, Light Vessel 21 and Magmart.


Open Charity Art Exhibition 2014 – Call for Artists

Call to artists…
London Legal Support Trust and Arts for Justice

Painting and Sculpture Award and Exhibition 2014. Entry now open.

London Legal Support Trust posterThe LLST and AfJ award is open to all artists aged 18 and over.
The theme is  ‘Injustice’.

Following prizes will be awarded:
Prize for Painting
Prize for Sculpture
and People’s Prize.

Download the poster – Call for artists Feb2014

The theme for the exhibition ‘INJUSTICE’ we hope will inspire artists to get creative and enter for the LLST and AFJ Charity Painting and Sculpture Awards.

All you need to be is age 18 or over at the time of registration and not have submitted the work for any other prize or competition. We can accept digital images (high resolution jpeg please) of up to, and including, four works per artist by the 31st May 2014.

For more details go to:
Selected works will be exhibited at prestigious La Galleria between 29th September – 3rd October 2014 inc. La Galleria is just a stone’s throw from the iconic National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.

This is an ideal opportunity for artists to showcase and sell their works to the legal and business communities and the general public.

To express your interest, or for further information email sabina@llst.org.uk

To register and upload your works please go to:

Live Music Wednesday – 8: PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

Join us for live Music every Wednesday!
19th March 12-1pm, Galvanising Shop.

Live Music_19 March

Come and experience mixed weekly programmes from our fabulous BMus performers. All welcome! (Music starts 12 noon)
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Nathan Songer piano

Saif Rahman guitar

Jeremy Harley vocals

Sharon Siew Yee piano

Chris Thorpe guitar

Syazmin Saprunin vocals

Alistair Milne guitar

Ray Lawrence vocals

Jake Heath sax * Glasunov Concerto*

This Wednesday we have a very special visit from UoK Chamber Choir with conductors Daniel Harding and Matthew Bamford


Music from 6.30pm, Galvanising Shop

William Byrd:1540-1623 Ave Verum   Corpus 
Paul Pattersonb. 1947 Salvum Fac Populum   Tuum Domine 
Thomas Vautorc.1580- ? Mother, I Will Have   a Husband 
Johannes Brahms 1833-1897 Seven Lieder   op.621. Rosmarin (Rosemary) 

2. Von alten   Liebesliedern (Before my fair one’s window) 

3. Waldesnacht (Gloom   of woods) 

4. Dein Herzlein   mild (Thou gentle girl) 

7. Vergangen ist mir   Glück und Heil (Of ev’ry joy I am bereft) 

Eric Whitacreb.1970 Lux Aurumque 
Giovanni Pierluigi   da Palestrina 1525-1594 Alma Redemptoris   Mater 
Orlande di   Lassus1532-1594 Chi Chi Li Chi 
arr. Bob   Chilcottb.1958 Steal Away 
Peter Warlock1894-1930 Yarmouth Fair 
Arthur   Sullivan1842-1900 The Long Day   Closes 
John Rutter Dashing Away With   The Smoothing Iron 
Tom Cunninghamb.1946 The Good-Bye   Jazz 

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

Visit the School of Music and Fine Art  – Fine Art ‘ Visiting Artists Talks’ webpage

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

View our Research Seminar webpage
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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
Visit the School of Music and Fine Art  – Fine Art ‘ Visiting Artists Talks’ webpage

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.

View our Research Seminar webpage

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