Monthly Archives: March 2016

Janet Hodgson

Janet Hodgson, who has died aged 56, was a highly regarded artist and teacher who is remembered with much affection and respect by those who had the good fortune to work and collaborate with her and by those who were taught by her. Janet has been a personal friend and colleague for at least 26 years.

Janet made a huge contribution to the Event and Experience Design course almost since it’s inception in 2006, working as an Associate Lecturer on a range of modules across all three stages. She was a part of the development of the campus within the Historic Dockyard from the one programme (EED) to Music joining the School of Arts and Fine Art moving from Canterbury to the eventual formation of the School of Music and Fine Art. In deed when Fine Art first moved to the Historic Dockyard Janet delivered the video component of a module.

Janet trained as a theatre designer at Wimbledon School of Art and in her early career worked with the then radical Welfare State International and the collaborative IOU. This understanding and appreciation of collaborative and team working that was integral to theatre practice became a key element in her own artistic practice.

Her recent work concerned the reenactment/fiction of history, entropy, loss and labour. Janet co-opted the site as the script to inform the production and presentation of multimedia installations.  She used film as a time machine and a vehicle to represent loss and to re-animate the past.

Janet was also member of the art+archaeology group and regularly worked with archeologists and historians. Just as archaeologists dig the earth she dug up figures and histories associated with the site, bringing to life ghosts from the past. She made costume dramas to help us resolve or find a different way to use the past to inhabit the present and locating fragments of alternative models of memory and power relations for the future.

We are fortunate to have one of her few permanent commissions here in Canterbury, “The Pits” in Whitefriars. This was a four-year project where Janet worked alongside Sam Wilkinson, Art Consultant, the Canterbury Archeological Trust, Land Securities and Canterbury City Council to develop a project that made manifest the archeological process and palimpsest of habitation and occupation of a site.

The Pits brought together all the archaeological drawings of holes or pits or absences made during the excavations for the new shopping centre development. The drawings were enlarged to life size and carved in to the paving slabs in the exact geographical location the holes were located. The carvings are of the working drawings of the archaeologists showing as they puzzle over the meanings of their findings. Fixing their temporary activity.

A book was published in 2005 that creatively records and credits everyone involved in the production and delivery of an extremely complex project. Janet always acknowledged she was part of a team.

Her diligence, determination, commitment and stamina in making work happen are legendary. She also brought these attributes to her teaching, collaborations and friendships. Along with a withering critique and brilliant sense of humour!

Throughout her time teaching at Kent, Janet was a Lecturer in the Fine Art Department at the Birmingham School of Art at Birmingham City University. Her commitment to and fascination with teaching was broad and also had a tremendous impact within gallery education. When Tate Liverpool opened Janet was instrumental in developing with the education team innovative strategies for involving artists in the delivery of gallery and exhibition based workshops and activities. On moving to London Janet carried on this work at the newly opened Tate Modern with the newly formed education department exploring further interpretation methodologies with an emphasis on working with young people. This work continued at the Camden Arts Centre and Whitechapel Art Gallery.

Janet fought a heroic battle against cancer for eight years, not allowing any procedures or treatment to stop her working for longer than the absolute minimum amount of time she needed to recover. Although often in pain her stamina and sheer determination got her through until she suffered the recent strokes, (she discharged herself from hospital after the first!) proved to be too much.

Seeing aged 56 written down it appears absurdly and cruelly young. Janet had much more to offer.

Janet has exhibited internationally at Oakville Galleries Canada, Videoholica Bulgaria, Museo Civico di Rovereto Italy, Ural Bienniale Ekaterinburg Russia, Serpentine Gallery, Southbank Centre, Whitworth Art Gallery, the Bluecoat Gallery and Tate Liverpool. She is part of the Art+archeology group with the archeologists at Stonehenge, Kingston University, English Heritage and Canterbury Archeological Trust.

Peter Hatton


Kent Business School – Storm Damage

Due to storm damage the front entrance to the Kent Business School will be closed until the area can be made safe. Estates staff will shortly be commencing work to remove the damaged canopy. For access to the building, please use the alternative entrance at the rear of the building.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If there are any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

Funding for Kent-Ghent cooperation

Since 2009 the University of Kent and Ghent University have enjoyed a strong partnership involving activities such as staff and student exchange, Erasmus Mundus, co-supervision of research, joint research and the exchange of knowledge and best practice between staff in professional services.

In order to stimulate further Kent-Ghent cooperation, funding is available to support mobility between colleagues at the two institutions (for example short-term staff/student exchange, seminars, workshops, preparatory meetings to establish longer-term collaboration such as double degrees, joint research projects and other activities such as those funded through the Erasmus+ Key Actions).

For full details and to apply for funding please visit

Pathway adjacent to Old Boat Shed building

Until further notice, the pathway directly adjacent to the ‘Boat Shed’ building near the Medical Centre in Giles Lane, has been closed for safety reasons due to the condition of the building. Access to the Medical Centre and Giles Lane from the Parkwood Footpath is still possible by using the alternative pathway.

If there are any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

2016 Colloquium of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians

Members of the Department of English Language & Linguistics will be presenting papers at the 2016 biennial Colloquium of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians to be held at Lancaster University from 30 March to 1 April 2016.

Professor Amalia Arvaniti, Head of Department, will be speaking on ‘Uptalk in Standard Southern British English’ with Madeleine Atkins, a graduate from Kent’s BA (Hons) in English Language & Linguistics. Amalia will also co-present with Hae-Sung Jeon (University of Central Lancashire) on ‘The Iambic-trochaic Law in Korean, Greek and English’.

Dr Tamara Rathcke, Lecturer in Linguistics, will co-present on ‘Dialectal Variation in the Interplay of Segmental and Prosodic Timing’ with Rachel Smith (University of Glasgow).

PhD students from the Department will also be presenting posters on their research at the Colloquium. Graduate Teaching Assistant Ishrat Rehman will present her poster on ‘A Phonetic and Phonological Investigation of Urdu Vowels’, and Sumio Kobayashi will present his poster on ‘The Influence of Mother Tongue and Musical Experience on Rhythm Perception’. Both Ishrat and Sumio are research students on the PhD in Linguistics at Kent.

For details of the full programme, please see the PDF available at the Lancaster University site here:

Shakespeare 400 comes to Canterbury

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and it is being marked nationally and internationally by events and celebrations of the prolific playwright’s work.

Shakespeare 400: Chapter & Verse will bring together a wide range of groups in Canterbury to offer a local view of the work of the Bard. Focusing on unique aspects of this historic town and its people, Chapter & Verse offers the opportunity to rediscover the familiar in new ways through Shakespeare’s work and the fascinating spaces, places and people who live and work in and around the City.

Collaborators in “Chapter & Verse” include Templeman Library Special Collections and Archives, School of English and the School of Arts at the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury Cathedral, King’s School Canterbury, the Marlowe Theatre, the Gulbenkian and the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge. The project has been overseen by Jane Gallagher in the Templeman Library Special Collections and Archives.

More information about the year-long series can be found on the School of English website. All welcome.

Events coming up next week include:

Shakespeare 400 Open Lecture Series: ‘In Time with Shakespeare: Performance and Jet Lag’ (Professor Robert Shaughnessy)
Hosted by the School of Arts
Tuesday 29 March, 17.00, Jarman Studio 1 (followed by a drinks reception in the Jarman Building.

The Paper Stage: Arden of Faversham
The Paper Stage is a public play-reading project dedicated to the extraordinary and diverse drama of the Renaissance.
Tuesday 29 March, the Peter Brown Room (Darwin), 18.00 .

Tensegrity structure seating competition: £1,000 prize money

Creative Campus in association with the University Estates Department are running a competition to complete the landscaping around the tensegrity structure outside the Marlowe Building with specially designed seating.

The competition will be open to all students and staff in the University.

The preferred area for the seating is indicated in red hatching on the drawing below, but the jury is looking for the most ambitious achievable scheme. This may involve challenging the area shown hatched in red on the drawing.
Tensegrity structure seating competition
A first prize of £500 will be awarded to the winning scheme, with two runner-up prizes of £250 each.

The Brief

Seating area for up to 30 students around the trunk of the structure and into the landscape. This would be useful particularly when there are outreach students visiting the School of Architecture for the culmination of the workshop series and for the Summer School. The seating should be available to all potential users

A low maintenance finish is preferred, and you must decide whether the solution is continuous, in portions, retractable or stackable. The choice of materials is up to you, but remember that there are opportunities to adjust the adjacent landscape. Enclosure, mounding, screening and hedging could form part of your scheme, and we would be keen to see what kind of seasonal planting might be incorporated. Decisions on colour will be important.

Lighting is already incorporated into the compass point ground finish, but you may wish to supplement this. A total figure inclusive of VAT of £33,000 has been allocated for landscaping, lighting and construction, and you will be required to provide a final price and explain your costings.

For further information, including important dates, please visit:

Wild, Wild West all-American family concert: 3 April

Grab your horses, wield your lasso and hold on to your hats as the University Chorus and Orchestra bring a programme of American music to Colyer-Fergusson Hall next week.

On Sunday 3 April at 15.00, the hour-long afternoon family concert (to which children under 10 go free) will feature popular American music, with Coplands Hoe-Down from Rodeo and three of his folk songs, together with a medley from Bernsteins West Side Story.

Also joining the programme will be pianist Helen Crayford (whose lunchtime concert From Rags To Riches, celebrating the music of Scott Joplin et al, was a popular hit last year), who will join the Orchestra and conductor Susan Wanless for a performance of Gershwin’s brilliant, jazzy ‘Rhapsody in Blue.’

Conducted by Susan Wanless, the performance will be very informal and a great way to experience these exciting pieces – whatever your age! Join the performers afterwards for brownies and cookies in the foyer. Tickets are £8, students £5 and free for children under 10.

More details are available here:

New Look British Cartoon Archive website

The British Cartoon Archive is pleased to launch a new-look website.

The British Cartoon Archive is located in Canterbury at the University’s Templeman Library. It is dedicated to the history of British cartooning over the last two hundred years.

It holds the artwork for more than 150,000 British editorial, socio-political, and pocket cartoons, supported by large collections of comic strips, newspaper cuttings, books and magazines. The collection of artwork dates back to 1904 and includes work by W.K. Haselden, Will Dyson, Sidney Strube, David Low, Vicky, Emmwood, Michael Cummings, Ralph Steadman, Mel Calman, Nicholas Garland, Chris Riddell, Carl Giles, Martin Rowson, and Steve Bell, amongst many others.

In addition to the catalogue search, the new website has:

  • a fresh modern look
  • more regular updates to the catalogue
  • more modern cartoons
  • easier to find archival collections
  • more prominent cartoonist biographies
  • a news feed from the Special Collections blog

We want to know what you like and don’t like about the new website, and any changes you’d like to see. Send your feedback to or use the site’s feedback form.

More information here:

Sustainable Bake Off

To promote eating more sustainably, The Green15 team are looking for the best sustainable baked treats in Kent.

Open to all staff and students, just send us your best recipes for cakes, biscuits, breads or pies containing at least 3 Fairtrade, seasonal or local ingredients.

Our favourite recipes will be baked by our top chefs and showcased at the open tasting event – on Tuesday 5 April from 12.30 in Eliot Hall – where you can vote for your favourite.

The overall winner will see their recipe served as a special at an outlet on campus and will also win a meal for 4 people at Dolce Vita or No.1 Bistro.

Please send your recipes to before 29 March 2016.

For more details please visit