Medway Open Studios – 15th July to 23rd July 2017

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Medway Open Studios returns for 2017 with creatives across Medway giving the general public an opportunity to see into their creative ventures.

Medway’s independent open studios and arts festival began in 2012 and each year gives the public a chance to visit local studios showcasing all art forms including crafts, visual and performing arts.

Held in July, the festival can be approached as an arts trail, with many studios grouped together within walking distance and a prize draw for visitors who collect the signatures of studios they visit on the festival brochure.

You can see who has opened their studios and on which dates at


Explore and Draw – 27th July 2017 – Fort Luton – Chatham

Why not come and see what lays behind the gates of the historic, Fort Luton.


Improve your drawing skills and meet other creative people in your area.

Drawing materials will be provided plus acrylic/watercolours too, however please feel free to bring your own materials if you wish to work in a specific medium.

Free tea, coffee & biscuits

Introductory price of £10 each

Over 16’s only please.

27th July

7pm to 9.30pm

Fort Luton – Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, Kent

Any queries please call Luna: mob: 07751231616 or email:


Admiral’s Tea Party – A Family Fun Step Back in Time – 8th July 2017 – Gillingham


Award Winning local literary organisation Wordsmithery and Paint The Town Festival partner on this brilliant new historical event taking place at the Lower Lines, Gillingham this July.

In the early 1900s, the Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Gerard Noel would host fabulous tea parties on the lawn overlooking the river in the Lower Lines Park, and on the 8th July one of these tea parties will be recreated for an afternoon of family fun.

The Admirals Tea Party takes place on Saturday 8th July 2017, between 2 – 4pm, at the Lower Lines Park in Gillingham. It is a free event but booking is required for the interactive walks which take place every 30 minutes.

Bring along a picnic, take a seat under the gazebo and enjoy live music & poetry with your tea and cakes. Then join us on an interactive historical walk around the grounds, where characters from throughout history will tell you their stories.

Natalie, co-producer of Paint The Town Festival says, “Initial talks about a site-specific project with Wordsmithery took place so long ago, and we are so pleased that the Admirals Tea Party is finally taking place. This is an event celebrating Medway’s history, taking place in Medway and created by people from Medway. It really is a celebration of the local area and its residents throughout the ages”.

Sam Hall of Wordsmithery explains the idea behind the project, “There are so many places of historical interest in Medway, but we’ve always wanted to tell some stories about the less well known ones. I first visited the Lower Lines Park some years ago, and was astonished to find that only a few of my Medway-born friends knew about the site’s history. 

Then when I was researching ideas, I saw a photo from the 1930s of the now demolished Admiralty House with a grand tea party taking place – that’s where the idea came from. We’re so excited for the event and it’s big thanks to Paint The Town Festival for commissioning it. ”  

To book or for information on this event and the Paint The Town Festival visit

Advance Your Education Through The University Of Kent – 2017 Programme – Medway and Margate

The University of Kent are offering a variety of courses that enable people to gain qualifications which can help them get into University.

The wide selection of courses available includes English Literature, Fine Art and Sociology.

The courses are delivered at Brompton Academy, the University of Kent Medway and Hartstown Academy, Margate. To see all the courses on offer visit


Bridging Medway – Art Competition For Adults and Young People – Closing Date 22nd August 2017

Artists of all ages are invited to put brush, pen, pencil or pixel to paper and take part in a nationwide competition celebrating connections around the River Medway.

The competition is run by Nucleus Arts in partnership with the Rochester Bridge Trust. Its theme is Bridging Medway, and artists are asked to submit a photograph of their work based on this theme.

Genevieve Tullberg of Nucleus Arts explained: “This competition is a way for the Rochester Bridge Trust and Nucleus Arts to celebrate the value of creative talent in Kent and beyond. We encourage entrants to think not only figuratively about physically bridging the river and celebrating the engineering that enables this, but symbolically as well.”

Split into two competitions, the contest is open to adults (aged 18 and over) and children (aged seven to 17 at the time of the closing date). An expert panel of judges will select the finalists, who will be invited to show their work in a dedicated exhibition, before the winners are announced in two prize giving ceremonies.

Caroline Chisholm, Education Officer for the Rochester Bridge Trust, added: “When Nucleus Arts approached us to support this competition we felt particularly strongly it should be opened up to children as well as adults.

“Part of our work involves encouraging the next generation to become civil engineers, in particular bridge builders, which can be a very creative role, and so we look forward to seeing the young people’s interpretation on the theme of Bridging Medway.”

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, 22nd August.

The children’s competition is free to enter. Photographs of the artwork, along with the child’s name and age, and the name and contact details of a parent or guardian should be emailed to – terms and conditions here 

The adult competition costs £10 to enter and up to two pieces of work may be submitted. Photographs of the art should be submitted via terms and conditions here

Individual exhibitions for both categories will be held at Nucleus Arts, Chatham, with the adults’ show running for a week from 28th September, followed by the children’s exhibition from 6th October.

Winners from the adult competition will receive £1,000, £500 and £250 respectively. Prizes for children will be tickets to an activity park, determined according to age suitability.

‘Every Day is a New Day’ Social Engaged Practice Traineeship Programme – Turner Contemporary – Closing Date 24th May 2017

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Are you a Kent based arts practitioner who would like to work within arts education?

Do you have creative and innovative ideas you would like to try out and develop that might connect people to our exhibitions?

Turner Contemporary is seeking applications from Kent based arts practitioners for a Trainee programme to take place throughout Summer 2017. As part of a series of innovative, youth-led programmes around the theme of ‘Art Inspiring Change’ and their Summer exhibition ‘Every Day is a New Day’ they would like to work to develop the skills of local artists and experiment with different ways of including artists, our communities and families in the co-creation of our learning programme.

This is an exciting opportunity for up to 8 Kent based practitioners who are interested in arts education, socially engaged practice and collaborative learning to develop their skills. You may still be at university and considering a career in the gallery sector, or have had a long career in the visual arts but would like to gain experience as a freelance facilitator, there is no age limit or specific qualifications required to apply.

Traineeships will be delivered throughout June- September 2017 (Dates TBC)

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 24th May 2017 at 5pm

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 30th May at Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent.

Please apply on Turner Contemporary’s application form.  They are unable to accept CVs.

If you wish to apply this traineeship, please download the Traineeship description and the application form at the foot of this page. Please note that they do not accept applications by CV.

If you have any difficulty completing your form, or require it in a different format please call 01843 233000 or email If you have any questions about the role, please contact Molly Molloy or 01843 233 004.

Once you have completed your application form this should be returned to Molly Molloy, Learning Officer, Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG or you can do this by emailing your application to with the subject ‘Trainee Application’.

Please note that applications need to be received by 5pm on the closing date unless otherwise stated.


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Splat! – New Family Festival – 1st May 2017 – Rochester Castle Moat – Rochester

Splat! is a new family event taking place in Rochester Castle Moat on Monday 1st May 2017, 11am to 4pm as part of Rochester Sweeps Festival. Splat! is suitable for all the family and offers hands-on workshops for children in a safe, family-friendly environment.

Creatabot will be there running workshops to make beautiful fabric May Day flowers, to celebrate the start of Summer!

There will also be an open workshop to make fabric flowers to decorate Rochester High Street on May Day. This is taking place on the 15th May at 2pm at the Nucleus Arts HeArt space which is upstairs in the Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham.

See the Facebook event here:

Performances at Splat!:

Curious Cargo – Meadow Sprites

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Charming, cheeky and thoroughly engaging, these magical creatures have flown in from the meadow to explore the human world. Watch them as they fly and flit about, spreading summer’s warmth and tales of their woodland habitat. Now you see them, now you don’t!

Bread and Butter Theatre Company – Topiary Bushes

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Two huge topiary bushes nestled in gigantic terracotta pots – this is horticulture on a grand scale.

Passers-by will be surprised and delighted by the mischievous garden fairies that live within. But beware, they can be over-zealous with their watering cans!

HandMade Theatre presents – Flying The Nest

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Welcome to Hatchling College, an eggciting place to learn all about native birds and how to be a good birder.  Sit in a giant nest and get involved in this interactive eggsperience led by our three eggstrodinary professors.  Filled with a fantastic mix of music, puppetry, facts and fun, this humorous show brings to life native bird characters in a new and engaging way.

A show suitable for children aged 4 to 9 years, including those with special education needs, and their families.  

Paint The Town Festival Returns For 2017 With Something For Everyone! – Medway


Paint The Town returns to Medway this year with a selection of performances, experiences and workshops by both local and national creatives.

The festival, organised by Medway based organisation Lyrici Arts, are particularly bringing events centred around mental health and diversity to the Medway towns, including the show “My Beautiful Black Dog” on Wednesday 19th April at The Brook Theatre, Chatham. The show challenges the stigma around mental health and encourages the audience to take ownership over their own black dogs whilst channeling infectious dance moves, swagger-boss costumes and banging tunes!


Also look out for fun craft workshops, mental health and brain injury support, an inspiring spoken word collaboration with Wordsmithery, interesting panel talks with the stars of the shows and industry professionals, children’s fun time activities and much more.

Creatabot will be running creative workshops at the event “Hip Hip Hooray” on the 22nd of April, at Woodside Community Centre, Rochester.

Hip Hip Hooray will be a children’s party with a difference! Take part in singing workshops with Tom Penn (creator of Neverland), a recycled arts and crafts workshop with Creatabot to celebrate world Earth Day, show us your moves on the dancefloor and then settle in for a surprise show that is out of this world.

Suitable for ages 3-8 years


Date: Saturday 22nd April 2017

Party: 3.30- 5pm

Price: Standard £5 per child. This ticket admits one child – Adults tag along for free!
Purchase tickets here

Carry On Crafting will be happening on 24th April at St Paul’s Church, Parkwood, Gillingham at 10:30-12:30pm places are limited so please book in advance.

There will be events for all ages and interests, so to see the programme visit:


Additional info:

In April 2016, Medway based organisation, Lyrici Arts were awarded a regional place within the Collaborative Touring Network, enabling them to be a National festival partner until 2019, and help to address diversity and arts inclusion aims within the Medway Towns.

The Collaborative Touring Network is supported by Arts Council England , Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and Unlimited Impact.

Strangelove Festival – 9th to 24th March 2017 – Folkestone



From March 9th-24th the unique “Strangelove Festival” will take over Folkestone’s streets, spaces and hidden locations with an array of artist’s videos, films, performances, sounds, exhibitions, talks and workshops.

Strangelove Festival brings together the diversity and talent of over 100 international, UK and local artists. This new and unique festival merges live events, screenings and exhibitions at Strange Cargo and the Sassoon Gallery with some unexpected takeovers popping up throughout the programme.

Festival highlights include a Secret Strangelove programme of encounters and performances, with artists including Lucky Bert, that will activate unusual spaces around Folkestone and a special free screening of Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove at the Silver Screen.

The Quarterhouse hosts Queer Puppets Cabaret and the Premiere of Brighton based group Partial Facsimile’s new work Media OS 5.1 where the audience will be immersed inside a surround sound total environment interacting with their mobile phones.

In addition to the Folkestone based events in March, Strangeface will be connecting with their coastal neighbours and moving the festival down the coastline in projects hosted by partners in Brighton and Eastbourne. More details and announcements to follow and can be found on the website

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A Peek At The Programme!

SECRET STRANGELOVE: This is a series of secret projects developed by artists, filmmakers and members of the public who responded to the open call: to make a secret encounter that may be for one person or groups to experience. This event will use some surprising and hidden locations in Folkestone. 

DR STRANGELOVE SCREENING: Strangelove festival pays homage to Stanley Kubrick by inviting the people of Folkestone to come and see Kubrick’s amazing film completely for free at the silver screen cinema in Folkestone. (15th March and 9 pm) 

FILM SCHOOL: Sixty Second film challenge: anyone who wants to make a film or be involved in making a film can come and sign up to make a project. There will be talks, workshops and discussions.

The Pentagon Community Fund – Up To £2000 – Open To Projects In Chatham – Closes 12th March 2017


The Pentagon Community Fund is now open to projects in Chatham!

Through the Pentagon Community Fund, Project Dirt are offering up to £2,000 to community projects and social enterprises that have a positive social and/or environmental impact and which are located in the local Chatham area. There is a total of £15,000 up for grabs, all to kick start your local community projects that will improve your neighbourhood.


Types of Projects – who can enter?

Community Projects: Any non-profit making organisations can apply including charities, not-for-profit organisations, Community-Interest-Companies and also informal community groups with their own bank accounts. Individuals cannot apply for their own personal projects.

Social Enterprises: Entrepreneurial business ideas with a social or environmental mission, are also encouraged to apply.


All applications (which don’t take long) need to be submitted by midnight on Sunday 12th March. You can find the application guidelines here. 

Start the application at:

Please note this grant is available for non-formal community groups, charities and not-for-profit organisations. It’s not open for profit making entities nor personal/individual projects at home. Any Social Enterprises, with a social or environmental mission, are also encouraged to apply.

If you have any problems or questions, please get in touch with Project Dirt at

To get the latest updates from the fund search the hashtag: #WeLoveChatham

Call to Artists – Commission For Tunbridge Wells Station – Closes 13th January 2017


Southeastern is seeking artists to create an engaging and inspiring piece of work for Tunbridge Wells railway station.

Local artists are being asked to apply for the project – which has a budget of £10,000 – to provide an art piece, which will grace the walls of the station.

The work will replace murals painted by artist Brian Barnes in 1989.

These were removed when it was discovered the framework securing them was badly decayed and the paintings could not be saved.

Now Southeastern has teamed up with local stakeholders including the Tunbridge Wells Town Forum, Refresh Tunbridge Wells, Royal Tunbridge Wells Together and passengers to commission the art work.

They are seeking an artist, or art group, to design, project manage and deliver an original high quality art feature for platform 2 at Tunbridge Wells railway station.

Preference will be given to an artist who has experience of working with and involving the local community in projects. It is hoped the work will be in place by the end of March next year.

In addition to this, Brian Barnes – the artist behind the original mural – has been commissioned to provide a piece of work next to this.

It will refer to the original mural and show landmarks of Tunbridge Wells.

Southeastern Managing Director David Statham said: “Our railway stations are at the heart of the communities they serve, acting as a gateway to travel for hundreds of thousands of people every day.

“It is great to be able to work with the local community in Tunbridge Wells to provide an inspiring and engaging work of art for our passengers to see when they use platform 2 at the station.

“I am also very pleased that we have commissioned Brian Barnes to provide a work next to this. This is very good news.”

Michael Holman, Chair of Refresh Tunbridge Wells, added: “We are really excited to be working with Southeastern and others in the local community to select an artist for this work.

“We are looking forward to  being involved in commissioning this significant piece of art for platform 2 at Tunbridge Wells station.”

The deadline for applications from artists is 13 January 2017. For more details and to find out how to apply for the commission please click here


Embrace – Empowering Documentary Film Screening – 18th January 2017 – Chatham – Back The Screening Now!

You may or may not have heard of the ‘Body Image Movement’ (, an initiative launched by Australian Taryn Brumfitt, who is on a quest to end the global body-hating epidemic.  Her work is helping women to accept and feel better about themselves, and challenges the idea perpetuated by the media that external beauty = everything.

A Global Ambassador for the Body Image Movement has been enabled to host a special one-off local screening of ‘Embrace’, the powerful documentary that Brumfitt made whilst traversing the globe to talk to women about this issue.  The film launched successfully in Australia and the US in the summer and is now finally coming to the UK in early 2017.  The trailer of the film can be seen here:

The local screening is scheduled for 18 January 2017 at 6.30pm at Odeon Chatham and is the only one scheduled in Kent at this time.  As an independent film, tt won’t go on general release and is therefore being crowdfunded, meaning that as long as a certain number of tickets are reserved then the screening can take place.

If you wish to reserve a ticket please do so asap via this link, as the number needs to be reached by 7 January 2017 in order for the screening to go ahead.

This is a very relevant and important film for everyone to see, so please do spread the word far and wide!

If you are on Facebook there is a new Body Image Movement Kent page here: and a Facebook event that you can share/invite friends to here:

Knights Wood Art in the Public Realm Commission Brief – Closes 20th November 2016


Knights Wood Art in the Public Realm Commission Brief
Village Square Feature Sculpture

Commission fee: £25,000
Date for submission of proposals: Sunday 20th November 2016, 11:59pm Date for completion of project: End of April 2017

Dandara are seeking proposals from artists to create a statement sculptural work to be located in the Village Square of Knights Wood, a new housing development in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.


Medway Printmaker Exhibition Bursary – Applications By 2nd December 2016


Medway Council Arts Development Team are offering exhibition bursaries to four Medway printmakers. These will enable them to create a body of work inspired by the Guildhall Museums collection of outstanding historic Dutch Prints, for a shared exhibition at Rochester Art Gallery (2 June -27 Aug ’17) as part of Medway Print Festival (9-25 June) and the Battle of Medway 350th Commemorations (8-17 June).

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a pre-application ‘Inspiration Event’ at The Guildhall Museum on Tue 8 Nov 7-9pm to find out more about the bursaries, view some of the relevant collections and learn more about the Battle of Medway from the museum curators. The Dutch collection includes many fascinating historic maps, plans, portraits and engraved news sheets that detail this important victory for the Dutch navy in 1667.

To be eligible to apply for a £500 Exhibition Bursary, printmakers must be currently living, studying or working in Medway. We particularly welcome applications for innovative approaches to printmaking and/or interesting ways of interpreting the historic themes in a contemporary way. Application will be by a short proposal no more than a side of A4.

Full details, dates, eligibility criteria and how to apply are available by emailing the Arts Team Applications will be accepted from Wed 9 November and up to 12 noon on Fri 2 December 2016.

An application pack can be downloaded at:


Photo attribution – Charlotte Powell

Paint The Town Festival Programme – 20th to 27th September 2016 – Medway

Paint The Town is an exciting theatre and arts festival taking place twice a year in Medway towns, produced by Lyrici Arts.

In partnership with Battersea Arts Centre, London and eight other regional hubs across the UK as part of the Creative Touring Network, the festival aims to bring the some of the best new creative works to venues in Chatham, Rochester, Gillingham and beyond.




Paint The Town Festival Launch: Pop Up Performance

September 20 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Rochester Train Station,

86 Corporation St
Rochester , ME1 1NH United Kingdom 

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Paint The Town is a new festival – a call to action for all the community to take over their towns and use the arts to paint it in a fun and inspiring light. This launch ‘performance’ will take place twice on Tuesday 20th September. Expect surprising moments and comedic exploits in this pop-up for all ages.   Free – no need to book!

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Paint The Town Festival Launch: Chalk it Up

September 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Rochester Train Station,

86 Corporation St
Rochester , ME1 1NH United Kingdom 

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Marvellous Murals will create a spellbinding 3D chalk design to celebrate the launch of the festival. Using just chalk, this amazing optical illusion needs to be seen to be believed! Choose the Design Free family event – no booking required!

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Paint in the Community

September 21 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm


CHATHAM, KENT , ME4 4HY United Kingdom 

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Create a giant community painting with local artist and curator Matt Bray using imagery from comic books, TV and movies. All the materials will be ready and waiting and Matt will be your guide. This event is suitable for ages 5+.*  The main goal here is to get involved and have fun! *All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets: Free family event – Pre booking essential.

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An Introduction To Verbatim Performance: Workshop 1 of 2

September 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Nucleus Arts Centre,

272 High St
Chatham , ME4 4BP United Kingdom 

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Join Wordsmithery and Paint The Town on a two-day introductory workshop led by Lung Theatre Company, creatives of the verbatim theatre show ‘The 56’.  The workshops will support a future project with Wordsmithery in spring 2017.   Workshop One: Thursday 22 September 10am- 1pm Introduces you to documentary theatre, examining how to find and collate stories and the legal aspects of these stories in verbatim works.   Workshop Two: Sunday 25 September 11am- 2pm Offers a chance to get feedback…

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The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid

September 22 @ 11:00 am – September 24 @ 4:00 pm

Café Nucleus,

Nucleus Arts Creative Riverside Hub, Military Road
Chatham, Kent ME4 4JG 

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By Rhiannon Armstrong   The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid is an evolving collection of anonymous testimonies donated by members of the public, which began as a one-to-one performance. The web version was commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and The Space. Each testimony is performed verbatim, and includes binaural beat technology to induce calming brainwaves in the listener. Visitors may browse the Public Index, choose a testimony to listen to, and are then invited to contribute their own. A…

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The 56 (with post show discussion)

September 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Priestfield Conference and Banqueting, Priestfield Stadium,

Redfern Avenue
Gillingham, ME7 4DD United Kingdom 

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By Lung The 56 was developed with The Lowry and The Civic in Barnsley Written by Matt Woodhead and Gemma Wilson   ‘Nobody dies in football matches in fires. It doesn’t happen’. At 3.40pm on May 11th 1985, a small fire broke out in the main stand at Valley Parade football ground during the last game of the season. Within four minutes, the wooden structure was ablaze.   Adapted solely from over sixty real-life testimonies, this bold and pertinent piece…

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Riverside One Studios – Rehearsal Recording and Gig Space – Chatham



Started by Nucleus Arts in conjunction with Jamie Johnson, Riverside One Studios is a new music project in Chatham, Kent.

Jamie Johnson is a local singer/songwriter from Gillingham, Kent who appeared on national TV as Kylie Minogue’s finalist on The Voice in 2014.

Jamie’s experience has inspired him to help aspiring musicians. Their plan is to try to help anyone who has a passion for music and wishes to find the next step to building a career in the music industry or just some friendly advice on what they can do to improve. 

Many of you may remember the Riverside One building as the council venue on Dock Road, next to the bus station. A really great location as you can see it from the new bus station and it’s only a 5 minute walk from the train station.

The idea behind the studios is to have a place where anyone can come together to write, rehearse and record music. We are also able to offer teaching, mentoring and other sessions that support budding musicians in Medway.

Riverside One has 1 small rehearsal/writing room, 1 large recording/rehearsal/performance space and 1 main control studio room with the facilities to record a single or an album. 



Riverside One Studiosalso works with people who may be at risk of social exclusion as part their “Art Inclusive” programme. This currently involves a joint project with The Princes Trust, where together they are offering young people in unemployment the opportunity to learn more about making music and the music industry. Contact Nucleus Arts to find out more.

Riverside One are also able to offer music lessons including guitar and singing lessons through various partners.

Room Hire:

Main Rehearsal Room – 4 Hours £40 Or £13 Per Hour

Small Rehearsal/Writing Rooms – 4 Hours £30 Or £11 Per Hour


Full day – 8 hours £200

Half day – 4 hours £120

Recording – £30 per hour

Ep package – 2 full days of recording £380

Live Music Event Hire: From £15ph

If you would like to donate towards the studios it is never too late….. Please visit the following ‘go fund me’ page :



Art Market – Maidstone – Saturday 17th September 2016

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After a successful debut, Making Art Work will be returning with the indoor ART MARKET in Maidstone on Saturday the 17th of September 2016, 9am-4pm. Loosely inspired by the success of “The Art Car Boot Fair”, the ART MARKET event will be held in the historic agricultural hall in the heart of the busy market place.

The first Art Market attracted in excess of 1500 visitors with over 85 exhibitor stands featuring contemporary artists, who have exhibited nationally and internationally from across Kent and the South East. It’s not surprising that Making Art Work decided to host the event again, after artists confirmed that the event had created the perfect platform to sell work directly, secure commissions and course bookings, and in some cases artists being signed up by galleries, as well as creating great networking opportunities.


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As well as the program of performers,  returning as part of the 2016 program they will be running a charity art auction, with the proceeds going to two selected charities: The Foundling Museum and MIND. With works donated by Nina Fowler, Rod McIntosh, Magda Archer, Stella Vine plus many more.

Also this year, they have commissioned two local artists, Jane Pitt and Rosie McGinn to work in collaboration with one of the sponsors,  Wilmoth Citroen Maidstone. The Artists will use two vehicles supplied by Wilmoth as a catalyst to create new interactive works. 

It was a wonderful event, that was very much in line with our own philosophy of philanthropy within the arts and support to emerging artists” The Foundling Museum 

For more information visit

Sam Capell

Luton Lego Club!

With huge thanks to Arches Local, Creatabot is running a new Lego Club at the Magpie Centre, Magpie Hall Road, Luton, Chatham, from August 2016.

The club will run from 10:45am-12.45pm on the:

23rd August

30th August

27th October

14th of February 2017

(and hopefully more dates after!).

The cost is free or people can donate £1 towards the All Saints Community Project.

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Homespun Independent Music Festival – 20th – 23rd July 2016 – Medway

An independent music festival in Medway now in its fourth year. Takes place 20th – 23rd July 2016. Full info at


From 8:00pm:  Free Entry


From 7:30pm:  Tickets £8
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From 8:00pm:  Tickets £8

From 8:30pm:  Free

From 8:30pm:  £5 on the door
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Seasonally Effected
From 12:00pm to 3:00pm:  Free


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From 7:30pm:  Tickets £10

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Motherboy night
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From 7:00pm: Free
Medway Jellyfish night



2:00PM TO 5:00PM: Free

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1 Day Course in Dementia, Autism and Mental Health Awareness – Friday 29th July – Chatham


FRIDAY 29th JULY 10am – 4.30pm



• Provide in-depth knowledge of the above & how best to support others

• dispel myths & establish facts

• increase personal awareness

• explore communication & intervention


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Ships, Knots and Sails Project – Free Course – Monday’s at Magpie Centre – Chatham


Ships, Knots and Sails Project for over 19’s

  • Mondays, term time 09.30am to 14.15pm
  • The Magpie Centre, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 5NE.

Patchwork Sewing in the morning and alternate maths and English using craft in the afternoon, with the opportunity to achieve recognised qualifications.

This project is supported by the People’s Health Trust and run by METcic.

Contact Cathy ( or 07944464882) to check eligibility to join this free course.





Free Spoken Word Workshop – For Ages 16-19 – From 21st June 2016 – Medway Youth Trust – Chatham


Do you want to:

Be creative?

Build your confidence?

Improve your communication and presentation skills?

Challenge yourself?

Then come along to our Spoken Word Workshop FREE 6-week workshop for 16 -19 year olds every Tuesday from the 21st of June — 26th of July 2016 5.30pm – 7pm At Medway Youth Trust To find out more, contact:

Daniel Todd:

Facebook: Daniel SkillsandEmployability OR

Keion Young:

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Operation Black Antler: Critically Acclaimed Immersive Theatre Coming To Chatham – 23rd to 25th June 2016


Operation Black Antler: critically acclaimed immersive theatre coming to Chatham

Co-commissioned by Ideas Test and fresh from its world premiere at the 2016 Brighton Festival, Operation Black Antler is an immersive theatre piece that invites you to enter the murky world of undercover surveillance and question the morality of state-sanctioned spying.

Operation Black Antler – Trailer from Blast Theory on Vimeo.



In Operation Black Antler you assume the role of an undercover cop as part of a small team; you are briefed and then sent into an undercover operation. From a first-hand perspective, you must make decisions and then reflect on the consequences of your decisions. How far will your new identity take you?

Co-created by four-times BAFTA nominated artists group Blast Theory and celebrated immersive theatre company HydrocrackerOperation Black Antler places its audience in the role of an undercover police officer in order to question the morality and ethics of spying.

Wikileaks, the Snowden affair and the revelations about the Special Demonstration Squad show that secret forces within the state have little respect for the law. In Operation Black Antler you are given power and control and you have to choose how to exercise it. Read more from Blast Theory and on Hydrocracker’s blog about the making of the work.

Ideas Test is about empowering people to live more creative lives and Operation Black Antleroffers communities the chance not only to experience a world class immersive theatre piece but also to play an active role in creating it.

Operation Black Antler features a North Kent community cast, who will be working alongside professional actors to bring this intense and affecting piece to Chatham. See:



Medway Open Studios – Saturday 16th July to 24th July 2016!

Heading into it’s fifth year, Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival has doubled in size since it’s inception in 2012! Taking place every July throughout the Medway Towns, the volunteers who run the festival aim to celebrate the wealth of creativity in Medway as it continues to thrive. The first festival took place in 2012 and highlighted the quantity of artistic talent in the area. Every year since, more and more artists have signed up and have subsequently benefited the festival by promoting a positive opinion of Medway.

No previous knowledge of Art needed or pressure to buy…just the enthusiasm to enjoy a day out with a difference! Rest assured, there’s something for everyone with such a range of work on show!

Click the image below to visit the website and find out more!


ESTUARY 2016 – New Biennial Arts Festival – Essex and Kent




17 September – 2 October 2016

For more information, see Estuary website.

Metal presents, Estuary 2016, sixteen days of art, literature, music and film curated in response to the spectacular Thames Estuary. An eclectic programme of exhibitions, performance, conference and events pulls together powerful themes resonant to the place, its landscape, and communities.

Curated by Colette Bailey, Gareth Evans and Sue Jones.

Estuary is a curated in response to the spectacular Thames Estuary and presented in culturally significant and historic venues along the Essex and Kent shorelines.  An exciting mix of new and existing works will pull together powerful themes resonant to the place, its history, landscape and communities in an ambitious programme of contemporary art, literature, film and music.


The Thames Estuary is an ‘edgeland’. It is a place of transition – one of arrivals and departures – a gateway that connects the UK to the rest of the world. It has been the front line for the defence of the realm as well as the first port of welcome for migrants and visitors from around the world. Industrial heartland and logistics sit alongside wild habitats, ancient monuments and concrete commuter towns. Echoes from the birthplace of early punk, noisy seaside fun, brent geese, fog horns and cargo ships create an unmistakable soundscape. It has long provided an endless source of fascination, inspiration and mystery for both artists and audiences.

Estuary 2016 will take place over 17 days in September / October 2016 and will feature work and projects from across the whole Estuary region. Metal are working in partnership with five estuary local authorities (Southend, Thurrock, Gravesham, Medway and Kent), local and regional agencies such as the Port of London Authority, Thames Estuary Partnership, South Essex Local Enterprise Partnership and the National Trust, a wide range of arts and business partners, including Tilbury Port, Southend Pier & Foreshore, Southend Museums, Coalhouse Fort, Focal Point Gallery, Whitstable Biennale, Whitechapel Gallery, Totally Thames, Artswork and ROH Bridge, Ideas Test, Focal Point Gallery and Kinetika, as well as South Essex College, SEEVIC and a number of South Essex schools.


The Top 10 Ten Highlights Include:

Points of Departure: 

17 – 30 September 

28 contemporary artists present new and existing works in the astonishing Grade II* listed Tilbury Cruise Terminal and venues in Gravesend.

Shorelines Literature Festival: 

17 & 18 September 

Writers, artists film-makers and performers explore the Estuary and related themes, alongside tours of Tilbury Port, Family Activities and Riverside Walks.

Sound of Thames Delta: 

1 & 2 October

Musicians, writers, artists, film-makers and broadcasters examine the relationship between place and music, at the end of the world’s longest pier in Southend-on-Sea.

Fort Film Night: 

Sunday 25 September 

A sea-themed feature film, outdoors in the stunning amphitheatre of the C19th military base, Coalhouse Fort. Selected by public vote.


17 – 30 September

The last Lightship built in the UK moors up at Gravesend to present a mix of art, workshops, music and film on board.

Museum of the Thames Estuary – Pop Up:

17 September – 2 October

Brand new collection of shipwreck finds from the Estuary bed itself alongside work by Adam Dant that reveals secrets still hidden beneath the waters.

Infinity (1980-2015): 

17 September – 2 October 

Iain McKell’s extraordinary photographs of the music and street culture of Southend in the 1970’s and 80’s punctuates the mile long walk into the heart of the Estuary on Southend Pier.

Wish You Were Here: 

17 September – 2 October 

Ten artist-designed Beach Huts on Southend Pier take you on an artist-led, nostalgic journey through the heyday of the classic British Seaside experience to the present day.

Southend Charabanc: 

24 & 25 September 

Head out to Southend for a weekend of cultural pleasure seeking and sight-seeing with vintage buses laid on to take you from event to event.

Raga Dawn: 

Sunday 18 September 

Sunrise performance by acclaimed vocal artist, Caroline Bergvall with singer Peyee Chen and site-specific sound by Sam Blank. Followed by a shared breakfast.

Metal are working in partnership with four estuary local authorities, Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock, Gravesham and Kent and a wide range of regional agencies, business and arts partners, including:-

Arts Council England

Capital Cruising

Port of Tilbury

Southend Pier & Foreshore

Southend Museums

Coalhouse Fort

Focal Point Gallery

Whitstable Biennale

Whitechapel Gallery

Totally Thames

Artswork and ROH Bridge

Ideas Test


Port of London Authority

Thames Estuary Partnership

South Essex College


South Essex schools.

Estuary 2016 is funded through an Ambition for Excellence grant from Arts Council England as well as a number of other partners.  Curated by Colette Bailey, Gareth Evans and Sue Jones.

All photos (c) Simon Fowler.

– See more at:

A Unique Show Is Landing In Rochester – The Cabaret Club- 3rd June 2016 – Rochester


This summer, The Cabaret Club return with an intergalactic show inspired by cult science fiction. The event, taking place at the The Roffen Club on Friday the 3rd June at 7pm, will feature an incredible mix of acts, including comedy, burlesque and contortionism.

The show will be hosted by the extraordinary ‘Dark Sugar’ who will guide you through the out-of-this-world evening. One of the confirmed acts includes a tribute to the film ‘The 5th Element’ by singer and burlesque performer Carmen Mon Oxide. Also performing will be burlesque performer Queenie Valentine and contortionist ‘Twisted Nymth’ who will perform a galactic Darth Vader inspired act.


The audience are encouraged to come dressed in outfits to compliment the scifi theme, so dig out your foil hats and book your tickets at before they sell out!

Event Details: Fri 3rd June 2016. Doors: 7.00pm. Show 8:00pm, after party until midnight Tickets are £18 (plus £1 booking fee) for Cabaret Show + After Party.

Venue: The Roffen Club, New Road, Rochester, ME1 1DX.

Tickets can be purchased via

This event is for over 18’s only due to adult content.


About Cabaret Club:

The Cabaret Club was founded by Madame Coco (Lisa Carpendale) in August 2012, a producer with a passion for cabaret and theatre. It has fast become a favourite haunt for local revellers and fun-seekers looking for a night out with a difference.

They welcome a selection of renowned cabaret artists from around the country, collaborating with local performers to create a night of sheer decadence and debauchery for their glorious guests. Their stages are frequented by a wealth of talented musicians, burlesque performers, comedians and magicians as well as singers, circus acts and dancers.


The Cabaret Club can be found on Facebook:, and Twitter


Keep up to date on all The Cabaret Clubs shenanigans by signing up to their mailing list:


To view a trailer of The Cabaret Club’s recent show please visit  (Please note this video contains some adult content so it is recommended for over 18’s only)


“5 Stars! I loved it! If you haven’t been go to it. It’s the best night I have had in Medway in a long time” Audience Member


”There is nothing else like it in Medway. A superb evening brimming full of impressive local talent. Enjoyment guaranteed.” Lindsey Burke, Audience Member


“Amazing fun and great atmosphere! Opened my eyes to so many new and exciting things

Highly recommended!” Kelly Blundell, Audience Member


To get in touch about performing or to get involved in The Cabaret Club contact:

Mindfulness Course – With Bridget Reader – From 4th May – Chatham


Mindfulness for Health and Wellbeing Course

Wednesdays 12:15pm – 13:45pm from 4th May – 22nd June 2016. HeArt in the Community space, Upper Level, The Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham.

Bridget Reader has recently completed initial training with Zenways ( which has enabled her to offer 8 week courses in Mindfulness for Health and Wellbeing as a student teacher.

Due to her status as student teacher, she is offering this course at a reduced rate of £50 for eight, 1 ½ hour sessions and a CD of the meditation practices which form a major element of the course. 

This payment should be made in advance. She accepts cheque, BACS, or Paypal. To book please email/call –

Bridget Reader

07962 077597

“As each session builds on the previous information, it is assumed that participants will attend all eight sessions. If this is not possible, a recording can be offered.

As part of my continued assessment, I will need to video myself teaching the course. There may be times when you will move across the screen and appear briefly in the video. If you object to this, then please let me know and I can take necessary measures. The video will be viewed by my assessor at Zenways, and will not be made public in any way.

To fully participate in this course, you will need to commit to 30 minutes of daily practice during the eight weeks of the course. You will be given full guidance on this practice during the weekly sessions and you will be encouraged to offer feedback and ask questions.

Zenways has contributed to the Oxford Research Project which aims to investigate the effects of mindfulness practice. Although this project is no longer taking data, Zenways continues to assess courses by way of questionnaires. More details can be given during the course.

To encourage discussion, all personal information discussed during the sessions is confidential and should not be discussed outside the course sessions. The only exception to this would be where personal safety may be at risk or disclosure would be legally required.

For most of the course, you will be sitting on a chair. However, for some of the meditation practices you will be asked to lie down. There will be some blankets available but you are welcome to bring your own. In the latter part of the course you are encouraged to sit for meditation practices. A chair is sufficient; but if you have your own meditation cushion you are welcome to use it.”

Wetlands Art Installation and Film Screening – Chatham – 20th April – 2pm to 6pm

Chain of Aeons - Wetlands Hub

Wetlands are running an art installation and film screening at a new community space in the Pentagon shopping centre, Chatham, on the 20th of April 2016, between 2pm and 6pm.

The event will be held in HeArt, a new community space managed by Nucleus Arts, upstairs in the Pentagon Shopping Centre.

Wetlands is an art project initiated in 2015, inspired by the powerful metaphor of a possible memory retained and preserved by the waters.

The aim of the project is for students and alumni of the University of Kent to involve and interact with local communities living in proximity of waters, recreating a dialogue between them, their maritime history and the wetland landscape.

Creative Glass Courses 2016 – Rochester

Creative Glass are some what of a hidden secret in the Medway towns, and unless you are already trained within glass fusing most people wouldn’t know about the amazing courses the place has to offer. Mainly a glass work supplies store, based on the Medway City Estate, the company also offer workshops on unique ways to work with glass and silver clay. To find out more visit

My particular favourite from the courses on offer this year, is the Altered Book:


The Altered Book with Susan Taylor Glasgow

23-25 June 2016 (Thursday/Saturday)

Glass and mixed media artist, Susan Taylor Glasgow, shares her knowledge of “telling a story in glass”, utilizing the altered book format as a canvas.

Students will learn lost clay casting, how to imbed text and imagery into glass, the new and best adhesives, and the mechanics of good conceptual story telling. Over the course of 3 days Susan will guide students through the process of formulating their personal story and translate it into the various media – glass – paper – metal. This class will appeal to students who love to play with new ideas and who have a wish to explore and discuss their own artistic language.

Each student will go home with their own Altered Book sculpture and the knowledge and confidence to explore glass and mixed media in their own studios.

1 Book Sculpture

Skill Level – some experience in kiln forming is advantageous.


Please visit for further details about the artist and her work.


How To Draw Toothless From How To Train Your Dragon 1 and 2 – By Vicky Preik

How To Draw Toothless From How To Train Your Dragon 1 and 2

By Vicky Preik – as part of her Bronze Arts Award.



Start of with an oval and then draw a rounded triangle for the head just above the right hand side of the oval (your right) and draw a cross on it so then later on you can place Toothless’ facial features and connect these two together



Next start to draw two thin ovals on top of your rounded triangle, these will be Toothless’ ears. From where the next connects to the oval start to draw a rounded bent oval/ arch to make wings.



Just under the wing shape that you have drawn draw an oval at a diagonal and place a smaller one to the side of it, these will form Toothless’ back leg and foot. Do the same at the front but the other oval draw it length ways and slightly over lap them to form an elbow. Behind the back ovals start to draw the tail of Toothless, bring it round to the front so then later on you can show his make shift tail that Hiccup and made for him.



With a darker pencil start to draw Toothless’ head making sure to show his side-whiskers and on top of his head and place a small marker for where his nose should be.



Now with the cross that you made earlier when drawing his face, draw two ovals at a diagonal facing inwards but going outwards and then colour in a circle to form pupils as the ovals come together at the centre of the cross. Next will in the next underneath the face. Make sure you put a tear drop shape on the side of his next, this will later form part of his wing.



So far you Toothless is starting to take great shape. Now to start on the wings bring them around the top but every so often dip in slightly to form the folded wings and draw a line inwards coming to rest just before the bottom of the wing, this makes it look like the wing is folded against Toothless’ body.


70 HOW TO DRAW TOOTHLESS FROM HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 1Next step is his forearms, firstly with the oval this is length ways round it out more and the part that isn’t over lapped draw some claws on the end to form his front leg, next to that draw a smaller oval and do the same this will form his other leg. Next you need to draw the upper arm making it bend slightly as he’s kind of laying on it (a sort of wavy line, see above)


8 HOW TO DRAW TOOTHLESS FROM HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 1Next is to draw in his back leg, you need to really just draw the oval darker but leaving an opening at the top but closer to the side, just under the wings that you have already drawn and for the foot just draw around the oval but make sure you attach it to the leg. Next step is to draw his tail the fun part if you ask me. Bring the tail right round so then it’s almost next to his front legs but no touching it, stop and then go back and draw some bumps down it to form a sort of raised effect, this will make perfect ridges down his tail and will give it a life-like look.



Sorry no picture but it’s time to draw Toothless’ tail tip, the one that Hiccup broke off in DTTYD 1, it’s basically a holly leaf cross between a fan shape. From the tip of the tail star to draw a curved line and (think of a bat shape for wings) repeat it down at least four curves and repeat on the other side.



Fine line around the darker lines that you have drawn and rub out the faded pencil lines and then it’s time to


Green eyes and a the top part of the fan cross holly leaf in red and the rest in black and then you will have your completed Toothless dragon.


Opportunities For 17-24 Year Olds With Employment Through The Arts 2016 – Medway

Poster eta

Calling Medway’s next Martin Scorsese or Marlon Brando. Young adults in Medway! Get a chance to learn how to make and be in your own films at the same time as developing employment skills for potential work in the creative industries.

The Employment Through Arts (ETA) Project, funded by Natwest, is looking for young adults 17 to 24 who are not in employment or education to take part in a series of creative workshops in Strood, Medway focussed on film making, theatre, teamwork and employability skills. In partnership with Strood Community Project, Physical Folk will be delivering the ETA Project until September 2016.

This project is a great opportunity for Medway” stated Lance Phillips, Project Lead and Director of Physical Folk, “as many films and TV programmes are filmed here, and with the planned Paramount Theme Park development and expansion of Pinewood Studios, I think it is about time we encouraged our young adults into careers in the creative industries, otherwise these jobs will be sourced from elsewhere”.

Places are currently available to be on the ETA Project, which are limited to 20 young adults. For further enquiries or to book your place visit and click ‘Employment through Arts (ETA) Project’. Alternatively, you can email or call Lance on 0844 660 2787.

Dance Artist Support Programme (DASP) – Applications now open – Closes 16th May 2016

Dance Artist Support Programme -Applications now open! 2016-2017
Loop Dance Company’s Dance Artist Support Programme (DASP) is open for applications! To Apply, please send a CV, passport size photo and a covering letter explaining why you wish to join the programme to or by post to Loop Dance Company, The Brook Theatre, Old Town Hall, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4SE.

This one year programme is designed to facilitate young dancers with the skills and expertise required to become a successful dance artist and will be holding auditions in June.

Come along to our free open day on 14th April 2015. The schedule for the day will be as follows:

10:30am – 11am – Registration
11am – 1pm – Participate in Loop Professional Class

1pm – 2pm – Lunch (Light bites and cake provided!)

2pm – 3pm – Creative Dance Workshop
3pm – 3:30pm – Q and A session

Please register by emailing and you will receive a confirmation email.

The application deadline is 16th May 2016 at 12 noon.
The audition day is 2nd June 2016.

A Visit To Dismaland – Weston-super-Mare – 2015

IMG_3709In August 2015, myself and Mr Creatabot took a crazy spur of the moment trip to Dismaland. The site had only been open 2 days and we didn’t even know if we would get in as pre-ticket sales were not going online and people were astoundingly disturbed by this. We decided to bite the bullet and drive from Kent to Weston-super-mare overnight – to be at the front of the queue first thing in the morning.

For those of you who do not know what Dismaland was, it was an immersive site responsive exhibition in an abandoned Lido, dismally and slightly inspired by Disneyland, which turned popular culture on its head and instead focussed on activism and anti-consumerism. The experience consisted of a group exhibition of varying artists who are unafraid to use art as a tool for challenging the ethics/non-ethics that people follow. Banksy very much acted as head curator and Dismaland featured a selection of his pieces of work.

The staff were miserable and very unhelpful, which was absolutely brilliant to watch in regards to the public approaching them for help. There were quite a few people who seemed to think it was the chance to have a cheap day out with the kids (entrance was £3). I think they realised they may have made a mistake as they clambered round puddles and reached the Museum of Cruel Designs (curated by Dr Gavin Grindon from the University’s School of Philosophy and Art History) explaining how animal slaughter and the weapons trade breaks all basic morals. The tears small children shed while queuing added to the atmosphere though.

For myself and Mr Creatabot, we understood the message many of the pieces of work were sending – this was about using creativity to educate and as a tool for activism. We realised much of this would go over peoples heads – but we are very glad that Dismaland had over 150,000 visitors and we can only hope that some people took away more than just artistic inspiration with them – and I don’t mean by stealing exhibits.

If you had the chance to visit Dismaland, what was your favourite piece/experience?