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Learning and Development

Resilience – A biopsychosocial model of health and wellbeing (Mental Health Awareness)

We are pleased to be able to offer sessions led by Psicon who are a local specialist in Psychology and Health Services.

Open to any member of staff who would like to increase their understanding of mental health awareness and managing personal resilience, the presentation-style sessions will provide a comprehensive blend of practical advice alongside an overview of underpinning theory and models to help participants gain a rounded understanding of managing mental health.

The sessions take place on:
6 July: 10.00-12.00 and 13.00-15.00 – Keynes Seminar Room 16

To book a place and to obtain further information, please visit Resilience – A biopsychosocial model of health and wellbeing (Mental Health Awareness)  calendar.

Kent to host wine tasting day

Kent will be hosting a wine tasting day with Professor Vladimir Jiranek – Head of Department of Wine and Food Science at University of Adelaide (South Australia) – on Friday 6 July, 09.00 – 17.00.

Titled Wine 101: An introduction to winemaking, styles and evaluation, the one day course is perfect for novices and new enthusiasts who simply want to learn about the core concepts of wine, omitting the overly technical stuff in favour of understandable explanations.

Discover which grapes are used for each wine; how these grapes are grown and harvested; how they are processed in to red, white, sparkling and fortified styles; what effects the grape-growing and wine making have on the final product; what the basic appearances, tastes, aromas and flavours of different wines; and what these senses can tell you about the wine you are drinking.

The day will begin with an introductory talk, followed by a guided tasting journey through 25 different wines, during which a two-course lunch will be served. We will progressively build your wine recognition and evaluation throughout the day, leaving you with a familiarity of the attributes and faults with different wine varieties and styles.

The course fee is £114 and includes all tastings and a two course lunch in Dolche Vita.
Sign up here.
Attendees must be 18 or over.

SMFA’s Dr Blanca Regina, Associate Lecturer in Event and Experience Design, performing in London on Friday 22 June at Iklectik

On Friday 22 June, as part of the ‘Unpredictable Series’  SMFA’s Dr Blanca Regina, Associate Lecturer in Event and Experience Design performs in an evening of audiovisual concerts at IKLECTIK in London, with internationally acclaimed artists Sculpture, Zan Lyons, and Noriko Okaku with special guest Steve Beresford.

Blanca Regina is an artist, curator, and tutor based in London who is currently involved in creating audiovisual performances, sound works, installations, and film. She has performed with numerous artists, including Leafcutter John, Steve Beresford, David Toop and Matthias Kispert, and curated a number of events and installations internationally.

A visiting research fellow at University of the Arts London, her research and practice encompass expanded cinema, free improvisation, moving image, photography and audiovisual performance.  In 2010, she received a doctorate in Humanities from University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, with the thesis The VJ and audiovisual performance: towards a radical aesthetic of postmodernism.

She is curator at the London-based Music Hackspace, Live Cinema Foundation and Strange Umbrellas. With Matthias Kispert she founded the Material Studies Group, developing a series of workshops and performances around the production of sound with everyday objects.

Get tickets for the event – £8 advance or £10 on the door.

Doors open at 19.00 for 20.00 start.

Work by SMFA Fine Art alumna Nadia Perrotta selected by UNESCO for Human Rights

A moving image installation about art and children called Because I am, written and directed by SMFA alumni Nadia Perrotta (BA, 2015, and MA Fine Art, 2017) and featuring Lalita Bailey, (BA Fine Art 2017) and the children of Squirrel Lodge and The Rabbit on the Moon nurseries, has been selected for a major UNESCO event in Italy about art and education.

Presented by Associazione Internazionale Arti Plastiche Italia, Spazio-Tempo Arte and Fondazione Opera Campana dei Caduti, Human Rights? #EDU 2018 is an International Exhibition of Contemporary Art from 23 June – 23 September at the Fondazione Opera Campana dei Caduti, Rovereto, Trento, Italy which features 161 artists from 37 countries defending the human right to education.

The event asks the artists to represent and tell, with their own artistic language, a personal vision of the problem of the right to education representing a story, a concept, a complaint, or showing a future perspective as message of hope or as a concrete proposal on the opportunities to be pursued to achieve this fundamental goal for the construction of a fair and right society.

More about the event here.
See Nadia’s film here.

Nadia’s film Because I Am was created during her artist residency since September 2016, at The Rabbit on The Moon Nursery in Sittingbourne, and there will be an exhibition – Because I am: A children’s journey across self recognition and discovery of the world around them through the arts  – on Saturday 23rd June, 12.00-15.00 at Kemsley Community Centre, The Square, Ridham Ave, Kemsley, Sittingbourne showing the works the children created with her throughout the past year.


It’s 100 years since Parliament passed the Representation of the People Act 1918 which allowed the first women, and all men, to vote. The UK Parliament is celebrating this and other milestones in the UK’s democratic history and we want to be part of the festivities! Therefore it is time to arrange a tea party; EqualiTeas here at the University of Kent.

We want to invite you to debate and celebrate our equal right to vote. Just pop in for a cuppa and a chat with your colleagues across the campus!

Tuesday 26 June at Gulbenkian (15.00-17.00) Canterbury Campus

Thursday 28 June at Bistro No1 (15.00-17.00) Medway Campus

(Visit the Vote 100 pages to discover more).

If you have any questions please email:


Castle Concerts 2018

From 10 July – 14 July, Medway will be hosting Castle Concerts 2018. Set in the beautiful grounds of Rochester Castle, this much-loved music extravaganza is one not to miss.

Featuring artists such as, The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Jools Holland and his Rhythum and Blues Orchestra, UB40, Ronan Keating and The Australian Pink Floyd.

For more information and a full list of artists, visit Castle Concerts web pages.

School of Arts

School of Arts Summer Festival production ‘Dawn is Breaking’ to hit Aphra Theatre

As part of the School of Arts Summer Festival and in commemoration of the Suffragette movement in Britain, there will be a production of ‘Dawn is Breaking’ on Friday 15 June, 18.00 at the Aphra Theatre, Canterbury Campus.

‘Dawn is Breaking’ is an original poetic adaptation of Emmeline Pankhurst’s autobiography exploring her childhood, the dynamics of the Pankhurst family and the conflict surrounding militant tactics that divided the movement.

Tickets are free, and you can register here

Medway Print Festival co-organised by 2012 MA Fine Art alumnus Matt Bray

Matt Bray is a practising artist, freelance curator and arts consultant, who graduated in 2012 with an MA Fine Art at SMFA. He co-founded the Medway Print Festival, which is running until 24 June.  Now in its 3rd year, the festival celebrates printmaking and fine art in Medway, with over 40 events and activities to showcase some of the best printmaking being created today as well as highlighting the fascinating local history of the medium.

Read the interview with Matt about his time at Kent and since graduating here.


Fine Art students take part in Revolutions Festival at the University’s Paris centre

At the invitation of Peter Brown, director of the University of Kent Paris centre, SMFA Fine Art students recently spent a week in Paris taking part in the Revolutions festival held at the University Centre, which celebrates 50 years of protest and featuring a huge range of artwork and events.

The SMFA students from the remaining two undergraduate years and the final MA year worked collaboratively as a group together with students and staff at the Paris Centre to make and exhibit new work in response to theme and site. This has included a performance involving cheese and a derivé exploring the city around the centre.

Peter Brown commented:

“It has all been going exceptionally well. There was an excellent turn-out for the Menteur launch and Medway students did the event proud with their own ‘set’ that was very well received. Thank you for enhancing our activities with your excellent students! “

The students recorded their visit via Instagram.

Commented Year 2 BA Fine Art student Kevin Hadimadja:

“The Paris trip was an amazing and enjoyable experience! Thank you very much for giving this opportunity to present my artwork as well as surrounding myself with great people. It has opened my eyes in the sense of interaction and collaborative thinking into not just the art but the journey through it.”

It is planned to stage a return visit next year.

More info:


SMFA students and alumni feature in international festival of moving image

On Saturday 2nd June, SMFA students featured in a large-scale, outdoor screening of artists’ films and video projected on the exterior wall of The Old Neptune Pub, Marine Terrace, Whitstable, facing the seafront. Presented by 51zero/voyager at Whitstable Biennale as part of the Decreation international festival of moving image and digital arts Touring Programme. The event ran from 21.30 – 23.30.

Many of the participating artists have taken part in international art Biennials, and were showcased alongside emerging talent selected from open calls and SMFA Fine Art students, including graduates Rose Sizer and Nicola Baxter, and Alfie Killick (Little-Blood) (3rd Year), Jordan Colbert (3rd Year), Constanza Marques Guedes (3rd Year), Olu Taiwo (MA)

Find out more here.