SICK! Living With Invisible Illness – Exhibition – 4th to 27th August 2017 – Sun Pier House – Chatham

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Sick! is a contemporary art exhibition being held 4th – 27th August 2017 and funded by Arts Council England with support from the Medway Council Arts Team. The exhibition features twelve artists who are affected by invisible chronic health conditions – work will cover a diverse range of disciplines, media and conditions; from bipolar to colitis, from dementia to fibromyalgia.

Sick! makes the invisible visible. It brings wit to the dull pain associated with chronic illness. It brings verve to feelings of listlessness. It brings people together instead of them feeling isolated. It brings humour and colour to the difficult path people living with illness tread.

Created by maker Zara Carpenter with artist and curator Matt Bray the exhibition will act as a vehicle to open up the conversation about living with invisible illness, in order to reduce the stigma around the subject and encourage those who suffer from it to come out of the shadows and stop being invisible. The project is also being supported by Rikard Osterlund and Xtina Lamb.

The preview night is on the 4th August from 6pm to 9pm at Sun Pier House and all are welcome.

Find out more at www.sickblog.co.uk

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and Instagram 🙂  https://www.instagram.com/sickexhibition/

Social Art – Light Hearted Conversation With A Little Creativity – Every Thursday 2-4pm – Nucleus Arts Centre – Chatham

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Social Art is a new activity at Nucleus Arts Centre, 272 High Street, Chatham, which has been kindly funded by the Pentagon Shopping Centre. The session provides access to a variety of creative materials for free whilst providing an opportunity to have a conversation and meet new people.

The sessions are open to people over the age of 18 and there is no need to book, just come along and join in!

To find out more email: emma.welch@nucleusarts.co.uk

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 www.medwayopenstudios.org/artists-venues-2017

 

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

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

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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: lunatravers@googlemail.com

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

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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 www.paintthetownfestival.co.uk

Showcase week of events from School of Music and Fine Art, 8-12 May

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From 8 – 12 May, there is a veritable feat of exciting, immersive and innovative events that showcase the final independent projects from third year students on the Event and Experience Design programme in the School of Music and Fine Art.   More info here https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/events/eed-projects-2017.html

The Events Schedule (subject to change) is below and although FREE to attend, booking is via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2pQPc8H

Monday 8th May

ShuXin Wong: “MT Playhouse” – 12.00pm – 2.00pm Namur Room in Mess Deck, CHDT.
A participatory product launch event for Japanese product MT (decorative reusable masking tape). Live entertainment – Malaysian & world pop songs and craft activities related to creative travel journals.

Jake Thornton: “Dock Box”, 2.00pm – 4.00pm – Galvanising Shop, Production Space.
An alternative video tour of the Dockyard, a constructed narrative of filmic space and time.

Tuesday 9th May

Elise Berdah: “Fight Flight Freeze”, Drill Hall Library, Café – Archibald Hay Mess, Tuesday & Wednesday 10.00am – 9.00pm.
An immersive experience examining participants’ attitudes to and understanding of the issue of consent and serious sexual assault in Universities in the UK & US. This installation contains explicit accounts. The installation is a collaboration with Kent Union Welfare and Wellbeing team and is part of a week of awareness raising events.

Kira Tisbury: “Festopia”, 1.00pm – 4.00pm Galvanising Shop, Production Space.
An interactive immersive event, sharing memories of festival participation and experience.

Kirsten Short: “Hooked”, 11.00am – 7.00pm – Tuesday to Saturday (11.00am – 8.00pm Thursday) Box Park, 2 – 10 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6GY. A London launch and live retail event for online retailer “Hooked”.

Wednesday 10th May

Kylie (Min Jing) Lee: “Through the Lens”, 12.00pm – 2.00pm – Galvanising Shop, Production Space.
A participatory photography & travel/cultural event.

Savannah Giorgi: “A day”, 5.00 – 6.00pm – St Bartholomew Hospital Chapel, 5 Gundulph Road, Rochester High Street, ME4 4ED
An immersive and interactive video engaging with the dilemma’s and drama of everyday life.

Thursday 11th May

Linh Chi Dinh: “Vietnam through my eyes”, 12.00pm – 2.00pm – Galvanising Shop, Production Space.
An immersive autobiographical video journey in Vietnam.

Luisa Armand Ugon: “Moonshine”, 9.00pm till late at the Deep End, Student Hub, Pembroke Campus.
Rewind to the illicit society of 1920’s America. Jazz, flappers and mafia come together for a unique prohibition bar experience.

Friday 12th May

Greta Pencheva: “Inside the Raindrop”, 1.00pm, Gulbenkian Theatre.
Live and mediated dance performance.

Leah Stewart: “Unwind at University”, 12.00pm – 5.00pm – Galvanising Shop, Café & Production Space.
Participatory well-being event in collaboration with The University of Kent Student Support and Wellbeing Team. Pets as Therapy, Drop-in Meditation and wellbeing tips and tricks and more TBC!

 

IMAGE from Luisa Armand Ugon: “Moonshine

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: www.facebook.com/eventmaydayflower

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.  

School of Music and Fine Art End of Year/Graduation Shows 2017

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The School of Music and Fine presents the End of Year/Graduation Shows for Fine Art, Event and Experience Design and Music, celebrating the talents of our amazing students!

SMFA End of Year Show Schedule of Events (subject to change)

All events take place at Historic Dockyard Chatham. Entrance is via the Galvanizing Shop Café and reception.

Fine Art Degree Show: “Reverberate”

Open to the public: Sunday 21st May to Friday 26th May, 10am til 5pm (closed Tuesday 23 May) and Saturday 27th May, 10am til 5pm

Special Private View on Saturday May 20th, 1pm-6pm, with guest speaker, Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller, and special performances. For guest list contact mfareception@kent.ac.uk

Event and Experience Design Live Events: “Borderless”

Monday 8th May to Friday 19th May in the Galvanising Shop Performance Space

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Open to the public: Sunday 21st May to Friday 26th May, 10am til 5pm (closed Tuesday 23 May) and Saturday 27th May, 10am til 5pm

BMus. Final Public Performances Showcase

Talented graduating students on Music and Popular Music pathways offer a rich mix of musical styles. Not to be missed!

Venue: Cargo Bar, Liberty Quays

Tuesday 16th May 4-8pm

Wednesday 17th May 4-8pm

Venue: Galvanising Shop Performance Space

Wednesday 17th May 11am – 12.45pm

Monday 22nd May & Tuesday 23rd May: Technology in Performance

To get your FREE tickets go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/school-of-music-and-fine-art-end-of-yeargraduation-shows-2017-tickets-33004272668

For more info go to https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/events/degree-show-2017.html

 

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

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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!

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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.

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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

TICKET INFORMATION:

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

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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: www.paintthetownfestival.co.uk

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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.

University of Kent Choir and Orchestra (Medway) perform Haydn’s Nelson Mass on 29th March in Royal Dockyard Church

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Haydn’s popular Nelson Mass will be performed in the Royal Dockyard Church, Chatham on Wednesday 29 March at 7.30pm by the University of Kent Choir and Orchestra (Medway)

The Mass will be conducted by Dr Stelios Chatziiosifidis and the soprano will be School of Music and Fine Art alumna Philippa Hardiman. It will be preceded by a talk from Richard Holdsworth MBE about Nelson and the Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Comments Dr Ben Curry, Lecturer & Director of Music Programmes, School of Music & Fine Art:

“The Nelson Mass is widely regarded as one of Haydn’s greatest works.  Its performance in the Royal Dockyard Church, built around the time that the mass was composed, provides a unique opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate the drama and beauty of Haydn’s music and the extraordinary naval history of Chatham.”

The first half of the concert will feature items from the School of Music and Fine Art World Percussion Ensemble, Pop, Rock and Soul Choir, and Chamber Music Forum, Guitar Ensemble and Advanced Improvisation Group.

Tickets, priced £10, are available for purchase from both the Gulbenkian http://bit.ly/2kiWFOJ and the Historic Dockyard.

More info here https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=2425

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

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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 http://www.strangelovefestival.com

Download the full programme at www.strangelovelondon.uk

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/strangelovelondon

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.

Henna Workshop at The Deep End

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School of Music and Fine Art students are organising a series of creative workshops and events to engage with the community and raise awareness of, and funds for, their upcoming Degree Show.

This Henna Workshop, with local henna artist and teacher, Lynn Smith,  costs £5 (includes materials) and is limited to 25 participants.  To book, contact Nicole  njv4@kent.ac.uk

The venue is The Deep End, Student Hub, North Road, Chatham Maritime

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Life Drawing Workshop in Medway

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School of Music and Fine Art students are organising a series of creative workshops and events to engage with the community and to raise awareness, and additional funds for, their upcoming Degree Show.

The first event, organised by the Fine Art Degree Show Private View and Engagement Team, will be a life drawing workshop on Wednesday 8th March from 6-8pm in the Clock Tower Building (Rooms 301-302) at the Historic Dockyard Chatham. It is open to everyone (age 16+) and only costs £1.

Please contact Charlene cb655@kent.ac.uk to reserve your space.

Visiting Artist Talks in Medway in February and March in the School of Music and Fine Art

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The next Visiting Artist Talk from the University of Kent’s School of Music and Fine in The Royal Dockyard Church at the Historic Dockyard Chatham takes place on Tuesday February 28th, with poetry, multimedia and video artist Heather Phillipson.

Heather Phillipson’s videos and sculptural installations collide images, noises, objects, language and bodies – attending to how physical and affective ‘selves’ are constructed, manipulated and, above all, escape. Often rendered as walk-in conglomerations of readily accessible materials (digital images, paint, cardboard, words, audio loops and reproducible consumer detritus), her works stake out an ambiguous territory in which cultural references and emotional responses are mutually contingent and reactive. Phillipson’s solo projects in 2016 include Whitechapel Gallery London, Frieze Projects New York, the 32nd Sao Paulo Bienal, Images Festival Toronto, and a major new commission for the Arts Council Collection. Recent solo exhibitions include: Schirn Frankfurt; the 14th Istanbul Biennial; Performa New York; Sheffield Doc/Fest (with Serpentine Galleries); Opening Times (otdac.org); Dundee Contemporary Arts; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Serpentine Park Nights and a video commission for Random Acts, Channel 4 television.

Also an award-winning poet, she has published three volumes of poetry and was named a Next Generation Poet in 2014. Writer in Residence at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2015, Phillipson was awarded the Friends of Literature Prize from Poetry journal in 2016, and writes a regular column for Art Review. She has been shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award 2016.

Book here for the talk  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/school-of-music-and-fine-art-visiting-artist-talk-heather-phillipson-tickets-29012625544

On Tuesday 28 March, writer Maria Fusco is the speaker.  Maria Fusco is a Belfast-born writer based in Glasgow, working across fiction, criticism and theory, and has been translated into ten languages. Her latest work, Master Rock, is a repertoire for a mountain commissioned by Artangel and BBC Radio 4. Her solo-authored books are With A Bao A Qu Reading When Attitudes Become Form, 2013 (Los Angeles/Vancouver: New Documents, 2013), Gonda, 2012 and The Mechanical Copula, 2011 (both published Berlin/New York: Sternberg Press) and she is founder of The Happy Hypocrite, a journal for and about experimental writing. She is currently a Reader at the University of Edinburgh and was Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. New books in 2017 are Legend of the Necessary Dreamer (London: Vanguard Editions) and Give Up Art: Collected Writings (Los Angeles/Vancouver: NewDocuments).

Book here for the talk  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/school-of-music-and-fine-art-visiting-artist-talk-maria-fusco-tickets-29012770979

The artist talks start at 6.15pm and are FREE to attend but please book via Eventbrite.

image credit: Publicity still from Master Rock, experimental radio play, written and
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School of Music and Fine Art: Spring Events in Medway

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We have an amazing range of – mostly free – creative events coming up in Medway between now and April in the School of Music and Fine Art, and our Spring What’s On booklet is out!  Print copies are available from our Reception and in various venues across Chatham, including the Waterfront Bus Station in Chatham and the library, but you can also view events online here.

Please do share with anyone you think might enjoy our concerts, workshops and events, which mostly take place in the atmospheric Historic Dockyard Chatham.

 

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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’ (www.bodyimagemovement.com), 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8vnaRiF_-U

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 https://tickets.demand.film/event/1316, 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: https://www.facebook.com/bodyimagemovementkent/ and a Facebook event that you can share/invite friends to here: https://www.facebook.com/events/373738859643031/

Feminine Vessels in Medway heralds exciting new exhibition

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Preparations for the Interim Degree Show from 3rd Year BA (Hons) Fine Art students in the School of Music and Fine Art are now in full swing – literally.

On Thursday morning, should you have ventured onto Chatham Historic Dockyard, you would have encountered a strong female presence, floating high above your head, suspended from a large industrial crane. Just outside the School of Music and Fine Art studios, artist Luiza Jordan installed her delicate yet immersive artwork Feminine Vessels.  The work is the result of extensive research and discovery into the history of the Dockyard.

Artist Megan Boyle observes, “Jordan’s work is an exploration into materiality, which often manifests itself through sculpture and installation work. She attempts to represent the presence of the female, omitting images of the female nude and without explicitly making reference to the female body.  Rather, she uses materials associated with feminine identity and domesticity, engaging with organic bodily textures and shapes. In terms of the site in which these pieces can be found, Jordan aims to construct particular juxtaposition between the organic, fragility and fluidity of her invented forms, and the virile, masculine and industrial nature of her surroundings, which at the moment, is that of the Historic Dockyard, where the School of Music and Fine Art is located.”

Jordan is now continuing to experiment with size, scale and material to prepare her work for the upcoming BA (Hons) Fine Art interim Degree Show Loading…  but this time within the beautiful historic Georgian building that is Chatham House in Rochester High Street.

The show, which features work by 30 artists, will be open as follows:

Saturday 10 December – Wednesday 14 December, 11am-4pm (closed Tuesday).  

The Private View is Friday 9 December, 6-9pm.  

If you would like to be on the guest list, please book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/loading-private-view-for-the-interim-fine-art-degree-show-from-3rd-year-ba-hons-fine-art-students-tickets-29333853345

Show venue: 351 Rochester High Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1DA

Further information here:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mfadegreeshow/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/mfadegreeshow/

 

Credits:

Artwork by Luiza Jordan (2016); Feminine Vessels: balloons, wool, string.

Images by Rose Sizer.  Words by Megan Boyle

 

Music Student Lunchtime Concert series launches on 25 October in Medway

 

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The new School of Music and Fine Art Lunchtime Concert series begins next week, with talented students studying band and ensemble performing a range of musical styles to launch the season at 12 noon on Tuesday 25 October. Taking place in the Galvanising Shop Performance space at the University of Kent on the Historic Dockyard Chatham, all the lunchtime concerts are free to attend and usually last for an hour.  What a great way to spend a lunch break!

You can find out more about all these events online here https://issuu.com/musicfineartkent/docs/smfawhatsonautumn16

There are more lunchtime concerts on 30 November, and 7 and 13 December.

And don’t miss the Music Masterclass with Joe Stilgoe on October 26th!

https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/events.html?eid=20190&view_by=month&date=20161017&category=&tag=

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Visiting Artist Talks in Medway from Tuesday 11th October: FREE to attend

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The University of Kent’s School of Music and Fine Art is thrilled to welcome painter Simon Ling to deliver the first talk of our fantastic Visiting Artist Talk programme in The Royal Dockyard Church at the Historic Dockyard Chatham on Tuesday 11 October from 6.15pm.

Born in 1968, British artist Simon Ling studied at Chelsea College of Art & Design and then at the Slade School of Art in London. His practice is involved in a deep engagement with painting and his subjects can often appear banal street scenes, still lifes, rocks, stones or patches of scrubland – but through a process of sustained and rigorous looking, his works transcend the ordinariness of their initial appearance, taking on a strange and at times unsettling quality.

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In 2015, Ling had a solo exhibition at Kunsthalle, Bergen, and London art gallery, greengrassi, as well as taking part in numerous group exhibitions including Tate Britain, Camden Art Centre, and CAPC Bordeaux, France.

All the talks are FREE to attend.  Please book via Eventbrite http://bit.ly/2dbMHd4

To find out about the entire series of talks, with speakers who include Martin Clark, Heather Phillipson, Erica Scourti and Maria Fusco, click https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/fineart/visitingartists2016.html

 

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.

 

CLICK THE EVENT TITLES FOR EACH EVENT TO FIND OUT MORE

 

Paint The Town Festival Launch: Pop Up Performance

Tuesday
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

Tuesday
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

Wednesday
September 21 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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UNIT 67, UPPER FLOOR, PENTAGON CENTRE 
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

Thursday
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

Thursday
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)

Thursday
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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School of Music and Fine Art: Events in Medway

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We have some fantastic – mostly free – creative events coming up in Medway between now and December in the School of Music and Fine Art, and our Autumn What’s On booklet is now out!  Print copies will be available from our Reception and in various venues across Chatham, but you can also view events online here.

https://issuu.com/musicfineartkent/docs/smfawhatsonautumn16

Please do share with anyone you think might enjoy our concerts and events, which mostly take place in the atmospheric Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Our exciting programme of Artist Talks is currently being finalised – watch this space for more info or check our website www.kent.ac.uk/smfa

And we also have a TASTER DAY coming up on Saturday 26 November – more info here! http://bit.ly/2d1ZkpL

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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  http://makingart-work.co.uk

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 www.homespunmedway.com

WEDNESDAY 20TH JULY

THE SHIP
From 8:00pm:  Free Entry
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THURSDAY 21ST JULY

SUN PIER HOUSE
From 7:30pm:  Tickets £8
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FRIDAY 22ND JULY

SUN PIER HOUSE
From 8:00pm:  Tickets £8
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THE SHIP
From 8:30pm:  Free
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POCO LOCO
From 8:30pm:  £5 on the door
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SATURDAY 23RD JULY

DOT CAFÉ
Seasonally Effected
From 12:00pm to 3:00pm:  Free

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THE NAG’S HEAD
From 3:00pm to 7:00pm:  Free
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THE GRANVILLE ARMS
From 3:00pm to 7:00pm:  Free
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THE GOOD INTENT
From 3:00pm to 7:00pm:  Free
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ROYAL FUNCTION ROOMS
From 7:30pm:  Tickets £10
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SUN PIER HOUSE
From 7:00pm:  Tickets £5
Motherboy night
Saturday SPH

POCO LOCO
From 7:00pm: Free
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SUNDAY 24TH JULY

THE GOOD INTENT

2:00PM TO 5:00PM: Free

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

1 DAY COURSE IN DEMENTIA, AUTISM & MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

FRIDAY 29th JULY 10am – 4.30pm

RIVERSIDE ONE STUDIOS Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4SL S

PECIAL PRICE OF ONLY £35 PER PERSON This course will…

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

• dispel myths & establish facts

• increase personal awareness

• explore communication & intervention

IF INTERESTED PLEASE CONTACT

ash@dementiainspired.co.uk or rebecca.ashton@therightstepdc.co.uk

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

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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 (cathy@metcic.co.uk or 07944464882) to check eligibility to join this free course.

 


 






 








 

Escape Plan Live – Immersive Game At It’s Best – Chatham

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I first completed an Escape Plan Live Experience last year in 2015. Myself, Mr Creatabot and 3 friends had to solve some coded lock puzzles in the Gatehouse section of Fort Amherst. We had a brilliant time and learnt how the game worked by thinking about where the codes might be hidden. To win the game I would say you have to think in a non-linear fashion, very much out of the box.

I think 1 year may have been a little too long a time to have passed between games, as I will explain later.

Having helped facilitate the concept of including Escape Plan Live in the meanwhile use of Medway’s old housing benefits office, Riverside One, I had to of course try out the newest edition of rooms. Despite having been around during the refit of the space and being delighted about them making use of the old council advice booths (out of the box in the box thinking there) I tried to avoid plot spoilers as much as possible, so luckily had no idea of what to expect during my visit on Tuesday.

We played the game “Conspiracy” which sees the story of a murdered detective friend unfold. We were given 1 hour to get ourselves out of the room and find the codes the detective had carefully hidden. When I say hidden, well that’s an understatement. The codes for the padlocks, attached to a briefcase, were hidden in so so many places and ways in the room. The set was brilliant and very immersive, these guys really know how to design a space.

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I will repeat, I regret having left it so long since the last game! Despite there being a full group of 8 of us, we ran out of time. Those 60 minutes sped by and when we found out clues (a hidden item that I was convinced was in the room somewhere, was in an obvious place) we felt like fools!

I am not typing this from the room though, so we were allowed to leave despite our failure to solve the game, phew! I highly recommend having a go of Escape Plan Live, it is great for team building, getting to know friends better, experiencing something out of the ordinary and of course really really fun!

To see the variety of games and find out more, visit www.escapeplanlive.com

By Natasha Steer

30th June 2016

 

Wanted! Singers and Musicians to take part in our Christmas Concert in The Royal Dockyard Church

On Wednesday 14 December, 2016 at 7.30pm the University of Kent Choir and Orchestra (Medway) will be performing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols as part of the School of Music and Fine Art Christmas Concert in the beautiful Royal Dockyard Church.

We are inviting the local community to join the choir or orchestra and take part in this festive event.  Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays 5pm 7.30pm at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, with the first rehearsal on Wednesday 28 September. (Note: Orchestral players should be Grade 6 standard or higher).  We look forward to hearing from you!

To find out more contact Dr Ben Curry: B.Curry@kent.ac.uk

 

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

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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: daniel.todd@themytrust.org

Facebook: Daniel SkillsandEmployability OR

Keion Young: keion.young@themytrust.org

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

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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.

 

BOOK AT www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/operation-black-antler-tickets-25505620999

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: www.ideastest.co.uk/operation-black-antler

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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!

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ESTUARY 2016 – New Biennial Arts Festival – Essex and Kent

 

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ESTUARY 2016

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.

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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.

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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.

LV21: 

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

Kinetika

Port of London Authority

Thames Estuary Partnership

South Essex College

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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: http://www.metalculture.com/projects/estuary-2016/#sthash.ePOVegDz.dpuf

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

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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.

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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 http://www.thecabaretclub.co.uk 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 www.thelittleboxoffice.com/thecabaretclub/

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

 

About Cabaret Club: http://thecabaretclub.co.uk/

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: www.facebook.com/thecabaretclubuk, and Twitter www.twitter.com/cabaretclubuk

 

Keep up to date on all The Cabaret Clubs shenanigans by signing up to their mailing list: http://ow.ly/Aa1mm

 

To view a trailer of The Cabaret Club’s recent show please visit http://vimeo.com/108101685  (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: hello@thecabaretclub.co.uk

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

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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 (www.zenways.org) 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

bridget.reader@gmail.com

“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.”

Book now for Event in Medway for Arts Fundraisers on Thursday, 14 July, 2016

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I first encountered fundraising camps a few years ago when I was about to launch a crowdfunding campaign (my first) for a music project.  I set off for London on a chilly December day and came home energised and inspired, having met some amazing people who generously shared their range of experiences of fundraising with me, and the new skills I learned were so useful, that when, a year later, I had the chance to attend another camp in Canterbury, I booked my ticket immediately. So I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to invite Fundraising UK to bring the format to Medway on:

Thursday, 14 July 2016 from 09:30 to 16:00

Hosted by the University of Kent’s School of Music & Fine Art, this is a fantastic practical opportunity for local and regional arts professionals and fundraisers to learn, share good practice and network. Despite the name, there are no tents involved. (Phew!)

Fundraising Camp is a one-day ‘unconference’-style event for fundraisers: there are no set speakers and no set topics. Each participant is invited to suggest a topic at the beginning of the day. It could be something you know about, it could be a problem or a question you have and you want help with. Each Fundraising Camp invites local fundraising, business, philanthropy or grantmaking experts to help ensure even more practical fundraising knowledge and experience available at the event.

It’s like those valuable networking chat sessions you have at normal conferences – but for a whole day!  Fun, lively and practical, this is a concept that really works.

The venue is The University of Kent, The Historic Dockyard Chatham.  Book here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fundraising-camp-arts-registration-21486231898

Early bird tickets are just £30+VAT for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

More info here: http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/events.html?eid=18365&view_by=month&date=20160724&category=&tag=