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 (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


“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


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=


Fine Art Degree Shows 2016: An exhibition of 26 exciting emerging artists in Kent


The University of Kent’s School of Music and Fine Art presents the Fine Art Degree Show 2016 in the extraordinary environment of The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, featuring the work of 26 graduating BA and MA Fine Art students.

Opening with a preview on Saturday May 21st, 1pm-5pm. We are delighted that Patricia Bickers, who has had a hugely important role in creating and documenting a sustained, dynamic debate around British contemporary art practice, will be our guest speaker.

The exhibition is open to all and is free to attend.

Open to the public (10am-5pm): Sunday 22nd May and Tuesday 24th May – Tuesday 31st May inclusive.
Continuing a tradition of showcasing bold, exploratory exhibitions, visitors will encounter a broad range of artistic styles and media, an explosion of imagination and a celebration of art’s potential for society.

See the video from 2nd Year BA student Sharmaine Kwan https://youtu.be/fWygcAOOkaM

On Tuesday 24h May and Wednesday 25th May Education Days will be held for local schools and colleges.  Attendees will be able to view the Show and hear talks from the artists; they will also be encouraged to produce their own artwork in response to their experience of the Show.  If you would like to bring a school, college or university group to this event (all ages welcome) please email mfaadmissions@kent.ac.uk

The Degree Show Address:
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TY
Entry is at The Historic Dockyard Chatham Visitor Entrance, via The Galvanising Shop (next to the Dockyard’s visitors’ carpark on the East Road).

Contact Details:
For further press information and images of the works on display please contact School Reception: MFAReception@kent.ac.uk  or telephone 01634 888 980.

Twitter: @unikentmfa
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BA Event & Experience Design 3rd Year Showcases


Work by graduating students from the School of Music & Fine Art’s BA Event & Experience Design is celebrated from Monday 9th May until Tuesday 17th May, 10am-5pm, with a range of innovative live events from EED 3rd Year projects in our production studios, performance space and in sites off the campus – ambitious projects, which creatively explore a broad range of formats and subjects, questioning what constitutes an event? This includes:

Huh an interactive multilingual cultural experience by Nian Earn Ooi.
My Diary an experiential journey via Taiwanese beauty products and treatments by Chien-Yi Yang.
K2, the Kreating Kindness Laboratory an interactive opportunity to generate and receive a small act of kindness by Sophie Cawsey.
Tides of Misfortune, a circus of lost souls an interactive performance by Jade Alcock.
Gothic Butterfly an artist launch event by Jade Wildes.
5 Minutes a physical and immersive game environment by Garrick Chan.
The Secret Garden Project an immersive walk in Chatham by Charlotte Harding.

And from 21st May, there will be a showcase of past EED student projects presented in Room 101. This will take the form of documentation. Opening times are:

21-22 May and then 25-31 May, 10am-5pm

Check our webpage for updates and regular bulletins! https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/

All events are open to all and FREE to attend. Click here to get your special Visitor Pass!

The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TY
Entry is at The Historic Dockyard Chatham Visitor Entrance, via The Galvanising Shop (next to the Dockyard’s visitors’ car park on the East Road).

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.

The School of Music & Fine Art presents 3 Concerts in 3 Days in Medway!


Don’t miss the incredibly varied programme for our Easter Concert on Weds 6th April at 7.30pm when music students from the School of Music & Fine Art at University of Kent, Medway, perform a lively array of scored and improvised music that encompasses Elgar, Adele, Bowie, Duke Ellington and drumming from Senegal.

In addition to the University Orchestra (Medway) performing the first movement of Edward Elgar’s Serenade in E minor in an orchestral arrangement prepared for this concert, the Chamber Ensemble perform works by Maurice Emmanuel and Luigi Boccherini.

The Chamber Choir will sing a range of songs that include Adele’s Skyfall Bond Theme, and Life on Mars, by David Bowie who sadly died earlier this year.  The Little Big Band play work that includes George Shearing and Duke Ellington, whilst the Jazz Improvisation Ensembles perform Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Sidney Bechet and a Handel arrangement.

And the World Percussion Ensemble presents Kumpo, traditional djembe drumming from Senegal in our own concert version.

So there is definitely something for everyone – a feast for the ears!

And the day before, Tuesday April 5th at 12 noon, there is another popular Ensemble Performance Lunchtime Concert when you can hear our students studying band and ensemble playing.

Both events take place in the Galvanising Workshop, The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

And don’t forget the Popular Music Gig on April 7th, 8pm until late, takes place at Cargo Bar, Liberty Quays, showcasing bands from the School of Music & Fine Art who will perform sets of original material and covers. These are exciting evenings with a fantastic atmosphere and always draw a crowd!


No booking required for the lunchtime concert but for the Easter Concert, please book via https://alumni.kent.ac.uk/events/easter-concert-2016

For info on all 3 concerts and full programme for the Easter Concert go to http://bit.ly/1UYwGbj

To keep in touch with our upcoming events, please check https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/events.html


Photo credit Stacey Cooper

2016 Degree Shows: School of Music & Fine Art


Throughout May 2016, starting on the 9th, the quality, diversity and range of work from the University of Kent’s School of Music & Fine Art’s graduating students from Fine Art, Event & Experience Design and Music is celebrated – and on show at various venues across The Historic Dockyard Chatham.  Entry is FREE and everyone is welcome. Check for updates and regular bulletins! https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/

#smfashows16 #smfacreative

Monday 9th May – Saturday 14th May

BA Event & Experience Design 3rd Year Showcase

The final independent projects of third year students on the Event and Experience course are being included as part of their ‘Showcase’ in our production studios, performance space and in sites off the campus.  This is an exciting expansion of the celebration and presentation of work made by students in EED as they are ambitious projects, which creatively explore a broad range of formats and subjects, questioning what constitutes an event?  From 21st May, there will be a showcase of past student projects.

Tues 17th May to Friday 20th May, 9am – 6pm

School of Music & Fine Art music student solo recitals.

Friday 20th May, 12 noon, Galvanising Shop Performance Space

MA Music Student Lunchtime Recitals

Saturday 21st May (Private View 1pm-5pm), then open from Sunday 22nd May – Tuesday 31st May, 10am-5pm (closed  23-24th) Engineering Workshop

MA and BA Fine Art Degree Shows

An exhibition of exciting emerging artists in Kent. Visitors will encounter a broad range of artistic styles and media, an explosion of imagination and a celebration of art’s potential for society.

We will be holding Education Days for our Degree shows on Tuesday 24th May and Wednesday 25th May for local schools and colleges.  Attendees will be able to view the Show and hear talks from the artists; they will also be encouraged to produce their own artwork in response to their experience of the Show.  If you would like to bring a school, college or university group to this event (all ages welcome) please email mfaadmissions@kent.ac.uk

IMAGE CREDIT: Yik Lam Yiu, BA Fine Art



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 http://www.creativeglassshop.co.uk/courses

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 http://www.taylorglasgow.com/ 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.


100 University of Kent Students perform Beatles classic


100 students studying in the University of Kent’s School of Music and Fine Art will give a concert of one of the Beatles’ best-loved albums, the B side of Abbey Road. Starting with George Harrison’s uplifting and heart-warming song, ‘Here Comes the Sun’, the Abbey Road B-side then takes the listener on a kaleidoscopic tour of an array of musical genres and styles through psychedelia, soul, rock, blues, vaudeville, proto-punk, country and worksong to finish with a pulsating gospel number lavished with hard rock guitar solos. This performance ends with a gigantic symphonic conclusion and features orchestral and choral sections throughout.

Ben Curry, Lecturer in Music in the School of Music & Fine Art at the University of Kent’s Medway campus comments:  “This is a fascinating piece of music – yes, it’s pop music but its musical scope and dynamism is serious and compelling from beginning to end.  Our performance is true to the spirit of the Beatles’ album with great solo singers and instrumentalist, but the use of the 80-strong choir alongside the brilliant orchestral arrangements of the Beatles’ producer, George Martin, draws out the symphonic potential of this wonderful series of seamlessly connected song.”

The concert also features two very different 2oth century minimalist works: Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint for guitar ensemble and Gavin Bryars’ ‘Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet’ for mixed ensemble and tape.

To purchase tickets, which cost £7 (£5 students)  please use the links below:

The Royal Dockyard Church, Historic Dockyard Chatham on Wednesday 9th March at 7.30pm  http://store.kent.ac.u

Colyer-Fergusson Concert Hall, University of Kent Canterbury on Friday 11th March at 7.30pm  https://uk.patronbase.com

IMAGE credit: Stacey Cooper




Pioneering experimental filmmaker Tony Hill in conversation at Historic Dockyard Chatham


 On 24th February at 6pm, artist and pioneering experimental filmmaker Tony Hill will be visiting the School of Music & Fine Art at University of Kent, Medway to talk about his film practice.  Organised and funded by 51zero/voyager – an ongoing series of events, projects and touring activities, organised by 51zero, that engages directly with the communities of Medway, Kent, Northern France and further afield – the celebrated filmmaker will present and discuss his pioneering films and groundbreaking filmmaking techniques. Internationally renowned, Hill makes experimental short films that are somewhere between sculpture and cinema. To create his visually challenging and timelessly beautiful imagery, he often develops his own camera rigs, ingeniously using mirrors and unusual lenses, and sometimes humorous vantage points to make us rethink our assumptions about perspective, gravity, scale and movement.

Born in London in 1946, Tony Hill studied Architecture and Sculpture and has been working as an independent film-maker since 1973, he also works with installations, photography and sound and has presented his work at many galleries and in film festivals worldwide. His award winning films have been broadcast on network television in many countries and published in the UK and Japan, with commercial work including directing music videos and TV commercials. He taught film and video from 1982 until 2002 at the University of Derby becoming Professor of Film and at Plymouth College of Art from 2004 until 2011.

The  venue is the Royal Dockyard Church, Historic Dockyard Chatham and the Artist Talk starts at 6.00pm and will explore Tony Hill’s unique film production techniques highlighting the formalistic qualities and contexts at play in his work, followed by a discussion with curator Keith Whittle exploring Hill’s aesthetic and conceptual approach and the research and production processes involved in the making of his films. The event closes with an informal opportunity to meet the artist from 8pm until 9pm.

The event is free but RSVP is required. To book go to http://www.51zero.org/voyager/

For more go to http://www.tonyhillfilms.com/

For info on more events in the School of Music & Fine Art go to https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/events.html

IMAGE CREDIT Still image from ‘Holding The Viewer’ © Tony Hill

FREE Artist talk from John Russell in Medway


On Tuesday 23rd February at 6.15pm in the stunning setting of the recently refurbished Royal Dockyard Church in the atmospheric Historic Dockyard Chatham, acclaimed artist John Russell will give a free talk about his work as part of the Artist Talk series from the School of Music & Fine Art at the University of Kent, Medway.

Formerly a member (and founder) of the subversive London art collective BANK (whose antics included faxing galleries “corrected” versions of their own press releases back to them), artist Russell has continued to make art on his own which likewise casts a gimlet eye on the doings of the art world and culture at large. The centrepiece of his recent NY exhibition consists of a video made up of animated gif files that tell the story of a near future, where humans have learned to extend life by downloading consciousness into the brains of small animals. A tale of technological transformation, SQRRL is also a chilling allegory for our own time.

Recent solo shows include “SQRRL” Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York, 2016,  Jexus, MOTINTERNATIONAL Brussels 2012; Angel of History: I can see for miles, Focal Point Gallery Southend 2011; and Ocean Pose, Matts Gallery London.

Editor of Frozen Tears, Russell is Professor in Fine Art at the University of Reading and is Director of Research for Art.  His research interests are: “Affect. Affirmation. Figurality. Event. Art/politics. Art/philosophy. Art/language. Class. Performativity. Fiction/fictioning. Visualisation. Digital media. Philosophy. Bad philosophy. Printed matter. Staging”

Although the talk is free and everyone is welcome, please book via: https://alumni.kent.ac.uk/events/john-russell-feb-2016

IMAGE CREDIT: Untitled (Abstraction of Labour Time/ External Recurrence/Monad), 2010. John Russell

Drawn To Ohio – Exhibition Workshop With Alison Blackburn – 6th February 2016 – Rochester

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The exhibition Drawn to Ohio is collated from work made over the last seven years, in which Shelly Goldsmith explores both the geographical and emotional distance between Goldsmith’s home in Ramsgate, Thanet on the Kent coast and Cincinnati, Ohio, and environs, where Goldsmith’s parents live. This on-going theme has re-occurred in Goldsmith’s work for many years, expressed through a series of textile based pieces.

The work draws both upon the high incident of dramatic meteorological events that prevail in this area of the US and our relationship with the clothes we wear, and the emotions and memories that these garments are imbued with: themes constant in Goldsmith’s work.

The work presented for Drawn to Ohio uses a palette of textile traditions and new media, ranging from charcoal drawings, hand stitching to digital printing on pre-constructed garments and photography. Pieces are presented as installation works as well as wall hung pieces and Limited Edition Prints.

Exhibition workshop

Stitching time

Saturday, 6 February 2016, 10.20am-3.30pm

A mixed media creative textiles workshop with stitchist Alison Blackburn. The sessions starts with a gallery talk and then a walk to the Guildhall Museum workshop.

Suitable for adults and young people aged 11+ (some basic hand sewing ability is required).

Recommended donation of £10 per person on the day is requested.

For more information or to book a place contact the Arts Team 01634 338319 arts@medway.gov.uk


2016 Visiting Artist Talks launch with Jaki Irvine on 26 January

Jaki irvine

On Tuesday 26th January, 2016 in the stunning Royal Dockyard Church, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, from 6.15pm to 8pm, the School of Music and Fine Art is thrilled to welcome Jaki Irvine, an artist working in mixed media, but mainly film, video and writing. She is represented by Frith Street Gallery, London.

Originally Dublin based but now living in Mexico City, she represented Ireland at the 1997 Venice Biennale. Overheard conversations and human incidents, casually observed, often form the starting point for Jaki Irvine’s work. She weaves these real events with fictitious narratives to produce haunting films and videos. Her work makes use of the potential discontinuity between moving image, musical score and narrator to undermine any sense of linear narrative. Irvine’s work suggests the fragmented mysterious and often absurd nature of the human condition.

The talk is part of an exciting series of visiting artists, writers, filmmakers, curators and performers who will talk about their work. Each speaker is renowned in their own field and uses imagery, materials and processes differently to pose distinct and searching questions to address the urgent concerns of our age. Our guests will provide a detailed presentation of their work, share their experiences of making work and also their involvement in navigating the complex multifaceted artworld.

Our Visiting Artists have national and international profiles, many are multi-award winners and their practices include multimedia installation, moving image, sound, photography, performance, socially engaged practice, painting, sculpture, publishing and curating.

Free to attend, and everyone welcome but please book via link: https://alumni.kent.ac.uk/events/jaki-irvine-jan-2016

Image credit: Production still from Se Compra: Siné.,  2014. Jaki Irvine.



Real Monsters To Be Released On Medway and Swale


On December 4th 2015, Real Medway and Swale will be releasing ‘Monsters of Rochester’ the town’s first augmented reality game for Android and iOS smartphones. It has been created with funding from Ideas Test Swale and Medway using a game engine developed by Haunted Planet Studios, who are based in Dublin.

In the game, players explore the local area, seeing, hearing and taking photographs of different characters they find and discovering their stories. The games uses Smartphone cameras and GPS to find monsters who have been hidden across the town.

The stories, artwork and voice acting found within the game have been created by a team of local writers and artists brought together by Roy Smith from Rochester, who has ‘directed’ the development of the game. He says about the game: ‘I hope the game works for lots of people. Getting locals to find something different in familiar places or for tourists looking for an alternative to traditional history walks. I don’t think any monsters have escaped in Rochester’s history, not that I am aware of anyway…’

The App is due for release on December 4th on both iOS and Android phones. For up to date information and to download the App, visit: http://www.realmedwayandswale.com the Facebook event page can be seen here www.facebook.com/events/1652752008316190/

or link up on:

Twitter: @realmedwayswale

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/realmedwayandswale

Email: realmedwayandswale@gmail.com if you are interested in helping to create future games.

Three FREE December concerts showcasing students from the School of Music & Fine Art


A wide range of vibrant music making activities is available at The School of Music & Fine Art, from Chamber Choir and jazz ensembles through to the World Percussion Ensemble and the large-scale Choir and Band, comprising students from across the Medway campus. In December we will be showcasing the talent and skills of our students in a range of concerts that are free to attend.

On Wednesday December 9th in the Galvanising Workshop at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, part of the University of Kent’s Medway campus, students from the School of Music & Fine Art perform music from a range of traditions. The Jazz Improvisation Ensemble  will perform works by Juan Tizol, Fats Waller and Joe Harriott.  There will be a performance of Frank Martin’s exceptionally beautiful Piano Quintet in D Minor and the concert will be framed by works with a festive flavour sung by the Chamber Choir.  This free concert starts at 7.30pm.

In the following week, there is also a chance to hear students from the BMus and MA Music programmes studying band and ensemble playing.  This Ensemble Performance Lunchtime Concert is on Tuesday December 15th from 12 noon until 1pm in the Galvanising Workshop, and will include performances of jazz and contemporary popular music.

Finally, from 8pm until late on Thursday December 17th the award winning bar and bistro Cargo Bar at Liberty Quays welcomes bands from the School of Music & Fine Art to perform sets of original material and covers.  This stunning nautical and industrial-style venue is the perfect place to sample some of the best live music acts the area has to offer.  The gigs are free to attend, always draw a crowd and have a fantastic atmosphere. The SMFA gig at Cargo last Easter was a huge success, with three bands from across the stages of the School of Music and Fine Art giving powerful and exciting performances.

Says Director of Music Programmes and Lecturer in Music, Dr Ben Curry, “I always feel immensely proud and excited when I see our students perform. Whether they are playing innovative pop, soul and jazz or pulling off a challenging work from the classical tradition, they always give compelling performances.”

For more information on any of these concerts, go to https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/events.html?view_by=month&date=20151222&category=&tag=

The School of Music & Fine Art offers a wide range of degrees which include: BMus Music, BSc Music Technology, BMus Popular Music, and NEW joint honours BA (Hons) Music and English & American Studies, and BSc (Hons) Music Technology and Computing; MA Music, MA Music Composition, MA Popular Music, MA Music Technology, PhD Music and PhD Music Technology

POSTER CREDIT: Tayler Cronly-Dillon


RiverVoice Choir Christmas Concert

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An enchanting beginning to the festive season with community choir …

River Voice Community Choir is taking on a new challenge for its Christmas Concert this year. The performance is a big step change for the choir in that, apart from the congregational hymns, every piece will be performed a cappella – there will be no musical accompaniment.

Many choirs shrink from singing without accompaniment as it can leave singers feeling very vulnerable and subject to pitching problems. Additional funding received this term from the Red Nose Foundation enabled the choir to have extra rehearsal sessions, which supported members in the development of stronger aural and vocal skills across the group.

The choir aim to make music accessible to everyone and have a number of visually impaired members who take an active role in the group, including Choir Chair, Claire J Frewin, who explains: “We learn orally if we can’t access the score, as we are still able to hear what’s written. It’s actually a very quick way of learning as it’s relative straight away. I do try and look at the music when I can, but my head will be down using my magnifier and it’s much better for your posture to be standing upright and singing out. So automatically it’s better for learning, speed of learning, for posture and projection.”

Fellow visually impaired choir member, Michelle Bunce added: “I wasn’t sure choir singing would be my thing, but I’ve learnt so much, it’s been amazing, I didn’t go to the first rehearsal with many expectations and I can’t explain why it gripped me; a combination I think, of the people and the passion, and the interaction. Tania makes the difficult things easy, almost, dare I say it. Although we look at it and think, yeah, that’s really hard, she encourages you to have a go. She’s given me a lot more confidence in singing – she sorted out my breathing. I had no idea how to breath or anything. I love the camaraderie; we have so much fun doing it and it makes the learning easy. I can feel how I’ve improved my singing and my confidence generally.”

Musical Director, Tania Holland, says:The idea for a choir that would cater for people with and without visual impairment emerged following a large scale community opera project called Element Beyond Gravity.

“This was a new work devised specifically in response to Chatham Historic Dockyard and which brought together singers from across North Kent including a number of people with low or no vision.

“At the end of this project it was clear that many people taking part were keen to continue to make music together. So I applied to Medway Council for a small grant to trial a new singing group that would be accessible to all adults, regardless of ability to read music, and out of this short project a small group of singers went on to form the nucleus of the choir and to themselves lead the group into its current not-for-profit community group status.”

The concert will take place on Saturday, December 5 at 3.30pm in the St.George’s Centre, Dock Road, Chatham. Entry is free, although donations to help sustain the choir would be welcome – there will also be a raffle and refreshments.


For more information, please contact either Claire on 07890 705698 / email cjfrewin@gmail.com or Tamara on 07919 134154 / email t.s.gummer2@hotmail.co.uk.

Event and Experience Design students create stunning multimedia installations and performances at Fort Amherst


On Thursday December 10th, from 1.30pm-4pm, students from the School of Music & Fine Art on the BA (Hons) Event and Experience Design create a choreographed journey through stunning multimedia installations and performances in explorative response to the physical, historical and social contexts of the atmospheric Fort Amherst, a Napoleonic defence system of underground tunnels and above ground deep trench earthworks known as the lines. This innovative event, which is open to the public and free to attend, produces an interpretive and immersive tour of the spaces and environs.

Based at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, part of the University of Kent’s Medway campus, the Event and Experience Design programme is the only undergraduate degree in the UK dedicated to developing skilled practitioners for the creative events industry for entertainment, commercial, heritage, tourism and hospitality environments. The programme, which is offered both full and part time, has the 5th highest score for overall student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) 2015, and 100% of graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating, with 75% in professional or managerial posts (UniStats 2015).

Says Peter Hatton, Lecturer, “This project at Fort Amherst challenges the students in every way; creatively, logistically and technically. It is a great opportunity for them to devise, produce and present an event unique to its location for an audience. We are very grateful for all the support of the staff at the Fort.”

For more information on the event on December 10th at Fort Amherst, Khartoum Road, Chatham ME4 4UB go to: http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/events.html?eid=15093&view_by=day&date=20151210&category=&tag=


IMAGE CAPTION: Interactive Game, Pek Ling Liam, 2013. Photo Peter Hatton



Creatabot Creative Workshops

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Natasha Steer, Founder of Creatabot, is a Creative Practitioner and specialises in using creativity to improve health, wellbeing and the promotion of self care.

Workshops can include anything from hands on creative workshops to community consultations and environment design sessions. Clients so far have included MHS Homes, Medway Council, UCA, The Improving Mental Health Provision, The University of Kent, Medway Youth Trust, Mid Kent College, Langley House Trust, Rochester Farmers Market and Medway Youth Service, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, The Prince’s Trust, Ashford Borough Council, AMAT UK, Age UK, Medway Home Education, See & Create and Medway Youth Service.

To see if Natasha can help you with an event or group contact her on natasha@creatabot.co.uk

Recommendations can be seen on LinkedIn at https://uk.linkedin.com/in/natashasteer

Follow Creatabot on Instagram – www.instagram.com/creatabot/

Natasha has Enhanced DBS clearance with Medway Council and has been trained in Emergency First Aid At Work as well as Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid.


Natasha actively recycles waste from her workshops and trys to use sustainable and recycled materials as much as possible.

Callout For Young Dancers In Medway To Try Out For National Youth Dance Festival – Ends 27th November 2015

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The Loop Dance Company are hosting the South East’s U.Dance Medway 2016 platform.

They have partnered with South East Dance and Youth Dance England to give Youth Dance Groups aged 11-19, or disabled dancers up to the age 25 from all over the South East and beyond, the incredible opportunity to try out at the South East Regional Selection for the National Youth Dance Festival 2016. On Sunday 14th February at the Brook Theatre in Chatham.

Applying is easy. 

Simply visit www.loopdancecompany.co.uk for further information and to download the application form. Don’t forget to submit it alongside a YouTube or Vimeo link of the dance piece, by 4pm on 27th November 2015.

They are looking forward to seeing all your amazing performances, and wish you all the best of luck!

FOR MORE INFO contact info@loopdancecompany.co.uk or call 01634 831531

FREE music events in Medway from the School of Music & Fine Art


The University of Kent at Medway’s School of Music & Fine Art offers a range of FREE music events, ranging from masterclasses, concerts and talks, in the wonderfully atmospheric Chatham Historic Dockyard, where the School is based.

On Tuesday November 10th in the Galvanising Shop Performance Space at Chatham Historic Dockyard, SMFA students studying band and ensemble playing are performing a lunchtime concert from 12 noon to 1pm. Everyone welcome.  And there will be another lunchtime concert on Tuesday December 15th.

Friday 13th  November in the Galvanising Workshop Israeli composer, performer and improviser Guy Harries will lead a two-hour Technology in Performance Masterclass from 3-5pm demonstrating his method and techniques in utilising technology in live performance.

On Wednesday December 9th, the Galvanising Workshop is the venue for a Christmas Concert at 7.30pm – students perform music from a range of traditions. The jazz improvisation ensemble and choir feature works by Juan Tizol, Duke Ellington and Joe Harriott.  The Contemporary Music Ensemble, Chamber Choir and Multi-Keyboard Ensemble present music to both challenge and delight the audience.

And on Thursday December 17th at Cargo Bar, Liberty Quays from 8pm – 11pm,  bands from the School of Music & Fine Art perform sets of original material and covers.  These are exciting evenings with a fantastic atmosphere and always draw a crowd!

All of these events are FREE but please do book through mfareception@kent.ac.uk  and check out the website for regular updates at  https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/  

PHOTO CREDIT: Stacey Cooper

School of Music & Fine Art launches new series of Visiting Artist Talks with Benedict Drew

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The School of Music and Fine Art, part of the University of Kent’s Medway campus,  is proud to announce the new series of Visiting Artist Talks, which are FREE to attend but booking is required. Please email mfareception@kent.ac.uk to reserve your place.The venue is the stunning restored Church in the Chatham Historic Dockyard.

Artists, writers, filmmakers, curators and performers, each speaker renowned in their own field, will pose distinct and searching questions to address the urgent concerns of our age. Guests will provide a detailed presentation of their work, sharing their experiences of navigating the complex multifaceted art world.

Launching the programme at 6.15pm on Tuesday November 10th is international Kent-based artist Benedict Drew, who works across video, sculpture, music and their associated technologies. Born in 1977, he graduated from Slade School of Fine Art in 2011 and was a LUX Associate Artist (2011/12). Drew’s often chaotic environments and installations feature screens, cables and small-scale anthropomorphised sculptures made from lo-fi materials such as tin foil and, occasionally, mud. Intended as a response to our ‘over-saturated digital realm’. Drew’s installations are attempts to ‘articulate the horror of the modern world.’

The artist says: ‘I make videos and music and exhibitions and picture and sculptures. I am interested in the potential of these combinations to create an ecstatic and sometimes abject alternative universe.’ A review from the current British Art Show observes: http://afternoondust.co.uk/blog/british-art-show-8#.VilIkxCrRR0

Benedict Drew’s “Sequencer” is all about stuff: sticky, splodgy, gooey stuff, material through and through. His film presented across multiple screens is full of rough, ready landscapes of dirt and rock juxtaposed with paint erupting like volcanoes or oil burps. It’s also full of holes: holes that gape like ears, squish and stretch like mouths, or wobble like the cones of the speakers scattered prominently in front of the screens, spewing out squelchy psychedelic goop. Yep, it’s all about stuff, and that stuff is sound: gleefully trashing the painstaking refinement and posed ephemerality of much of contemporary sound art, Drew gives us an earful of messy, splurging sonic substance that injects the silent, airtight contemporary landscape with a gelatinous, technologically-mediated roar. The horror of the Real — the material encounter with a thingy world beyond the control of language — becomes the bass pulse you can feel.

Represented by Matts Gallery, London, Drew’s recent solo exhibitions include: Heads May Roll, Matt’s Gallery, London; The Persuaders, Adelaide Festival, SASA Gallery Adelaide, Australia; Zero Hour Petrified, Ilam Campus Gallery, School of Fine Arts University of Canterbury, New Zealand (all 2014); The Onesie Cycle, Rhubarba, Edinburgh; Now Thing, Whitstable Biennale; This Is Feedback, Outpost, Norwich; Gliss, Cell Project Space; and The Persuaders, Circa Site / AV Festival, Newcastle (2013).

Links: http://www.benedictdrew.com/ and information on Drew’s work which attempts to tackle the anxiety and neurosis generated from the condition of dyslexia can be found here: http://events.arts.ac.uk/event/2014/12/18/Benedict-Drew-Dyslexic-Shanty/)

PHOTO CREDIT: Charlotte Jopling, TIFF KAPUT Exhibition at QUAD July 2015

How To Express Your Opinions In a Fair way – By Megan Martin

Photo By Caden Crawford

How to express your opinions in a fair way

In a time where we are happy to post our thoughts on social media, it is important we know how to justify our views to avoid conflict online. No matter what you believe in, someone somewhere is going to disagree which is one thing we must always remember, everyone will have to back themselves up at some point in their lives and nobody should ever be made to feel that their view is wrong.

Justifying opinions and work is a part of life; students have to back up their work with references, reporters and writers have to express their opinions without offending their readers and artists have to back themselves up when explaining their work and profession for those who may disagree.

If you think you could improve the way in which you voice your opinions, read on.

5 Easy Steps to Expressing Yourself

  1. Support your opinion with more than one point– it is perfectly normal to want to voice your opinion but make sure you back it up with good reasons, this shows other people that you know what you are talking about and it is something important to you, whereas if you did not justify your view someone else could quite easily target you online or face to face.

  2. Consider other people’s beliefs and opinions– this is a very important step in expressing yourself fairly, everyone has their own view which is slightly different and if you want to share yours, you have to respect other people and consider how it might affect them. You should never post something that is going to target a specific person or group of people and hurt their feelings or make them feel threatened.

  3. Explain– if you are going to share your opinion it is important to explain why you believe that. You must explain why you have that opinion but in a calm and polite way without shutting someone else’s down completely. People are more likely to accept your view if you are able to back yourself up.

  4. Use the right wording– the language you use is a big part of expressing yourself, you need to be careful of how you come across, especially online where you can be so easily misunderstood. For example, if there is a particular person or celebrity that you really dislike, instead of ranting about how terrible you think that person is and trying to convince everyone else to start hating that same person, you can calmly voice your opinion using the points above as a guideline but accept that other people may not feel the same, this way you can avoid offending others and causing problems for yourself. This leads me on to my fifth and final point.

  5. Find a balance between passive and aggressive– when you express your opinion, particularly on social media, you are voicing your views to the world. You should never allow someone to tell you that your opinion is wrong and at the same time you should never tell someone else that theirs is wrong. Finding a balance between the two will allow you to both defend yourself but also accept others which you should always do if you expect the same back.

Written by Megan Martin as part of her Bronze arts award.

Do you have your own thoughts about expressing your opinions? If so please comment below.

Alien Artefact 202


5 January 2012 – Two UFOs were photographed over the Medway. The photographer, who has asked not to be named, said that they made many passes over the river. The following day, the Daily Mail published pictures of two UFOs taken over Kent and Sussex, which may have been the same two craft. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/…/Two-alien-aircraft-sightings-w…

On the 24 October 2014 – explosions were heard across the home counties and a Latvian cargo plane appeared in the sky from nowhere. The crew say they took off from Riga two years earlier, but this fact remains unpublished!

How far will our government go to cover up the truth about Alien Artefact No, 202?

And how far will you go to uncover it?

Found out more at www.sciencefaction.co.uk

Community group’s third annual festival keeps it live and local

Rochester Literature Festival

The Rochester Literature Festival is back for a third year bringing readers, writers and like minds together.

Featuring a sense of people and places, this year’s Rochester Literature Festival ‘Live’n’Local’ will mix writings inspired by the urban and rural places of Kent, along with its cultural heritage.

On Saturday, the festival will be based at The Guildhall Museum in Rochester High Street for a selection of talks with an historic theme, while the popular Cafe Crawl will take place in various cafes.

On Sunday, a lovely and eclectic selection of authors will delight you with their stories in the gallery space at the wonderful Sun Pier House in Chatham.

Bookmark’d will be back in a slightly different format, and an artist will be on hand to capture the event as well as inspire you to do the same.

The ever-brilliant Sam Hall of 17% brings her new play, My Mind is Free, produced by Rah Rah Theatre, to the festival on Sunday evening at the Nucleus Arts Centre in Chatham, continuing the wonderful ‘Night at the Theatre’ events enjoyed in the previous two festivals.

As part of the BBC Get Creative Campaign, the RLF is also running 4 themed workshops.

The workshops on Saturday at the Guildhall Museum feature The History Magpie, Rachael Hale, who – inspired by the museum’s wonderful collection of artifacts – will guide you in finding hidden treasures whose stories are waiting to be told. Festival partner Sam Hall, with fellow playwright and BBC Prize winner Sarah Hehir, will teach you how to use news stories to inspire your own writing, leading the creative writing workshop Safe and Sound which is linked to the Sunday evening play, My Mind is Free, exploring the issues around human trafficking in the UK (over 14s).

On Sunday at Sun Pier House, Nature Girl, Carol Donaldson will be taking participants out to explore the local environment before committing their discoveries to paper, while Melanie Benn will help you in Unlocking your Memories with discussion and thoughtful writing exercises, encouraging you to think about writing from personal experiences.

Festival Director Jaye Nolan says: “We’re excited to be part of the BBC’s Get Creative Campaign this year, and pleased to be able to offer such a wide variety of workshops for both aspiring and experienced writers in the community. Whether you’re into history, the environment, memoir or playwriting, we’ve got something for you.”

Both the Guildhall Museum and Sun Pier House Gallery Cafe remain open to the public as usual with free entry. There is a small fee for the workshops (children free) and play to cover costs. The RLF is a voluntary, non profit organisation and donations will be gratefully accepted to help secure future festivals.

The programme of events is as follows:

Saturday 10 October Guildhall Museum


10am – The History Magpie led by Rachael Hale

Inspired by the museum’s wonderful collection of artifacts, Rachael will guide you in finding hidden treasures whose stories are waiting to be told.

1pm – Safe and Sound led by Sam Hall and Sarah Hehir

Learn how to use news stories to inspire your own writing! Sam and Sarah will lead a creative writing workshop linked with the Sunday evening play, exploring the issues around human trafficking in the UK. (Over 14s)


12 noon-1pm Toni Mount

Prolific medieval specialist Toni will be unravelling the mysteries of ancient medicine – when butchers knew more about anatomy than university trained physicians!

2-3pm Truda Thurai

Referencing short stories inspired by Rochester Cathedral and her own methods of research, Truda will share some of her secrets to writing historical fiction.

4-5pm Sir Robert Worcester

The inspiration for our history themed day, the Magna Carta is widely regarded as a potent symbol of the freedom of the individual. 2015 is the 800th anniversary of its sealing at Runnymede and we’re delighted that Sir Robert, Chairman of the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee, is joining us to discuss its legacy.

Cafe Crawl, featuring Pop Up Performers: 11am-12noon, 1-2pm, 3-4pm at Cafe@172, Bruno’s Bakes and The Quills.

Sunday 11 October Sun Pier House


10am-12noon Nature Girl led by Carol Donaldson

Be prepared for any weather as Carol leads you out of the building to connect with – and take inspiration from – your surroundings, before heading back to commit your discoveries to paper.

1-3pm Unlocking Your Memories led by Melanie Benn

Whether you’re retired or just setting out of life’s journey, don’t be shy – come along and unpick the story you want to tell, as Melanie leads you through learning to write from your own experience.


11.30 Jane Lythell

Formerly in situ at the BFI and BAFTA and a TV producer for many years, film fan Jane has made a stunning switch to writing thrillers. Consider yourself dared to join in!

12.45 Bill Lewis

The internationally renowned award winning poet, author and visual artist talks about his life, influences, travels, reading and writing. He will also read a selection of new and old writing.

2pm Maggie Harris

A welcome return to Medway for Maggie, sharing her evocative, fascinating stories and poems about life at home and abroad.

3.15 Cultural Contributors Discussion Panel led by Roy Smith (Seasonally Effected) and featuring Lisa Vigour (Inspirational Nights) and Barry and Sam Fentiman-Hall (Roundabout Nights) in a discussion about the vibrant cultural open mic scene prevalent in Medway, and the opportunities it gives to aspiring performers.

4.30pm Michael Nath

Follow a magical pursuit for the essence of literary character in the company of a latter day Falstaff, as Michael discusses his latest book, British Story.

Throughout the day at Sun Pier we also have a lovely artist, Julie Bradshaw, with us to inspire you to respond to the festival visually and in writing – stand still too long and you’ll be captured forever!

And – for your ears only – Bookmark’d is an opportunity to get up close and personal with local publishers and authors, to hear snippets of, and discuss, their work. Features Urbane Publications, Wordsmithery, David Griffin, Medway Mermaids and Paul Breen.

Sunday 11/10 Nucleus Arts Centre: A Night at the Theatre

7pm My Mind is Free. The new play is inspired by the stories of people who have fallen into modern day slavery and is an all too poignant reminder of how people traffickers can take advantage of the current refugee situation. The play is funded by the Arts Council and the Kent Commissioners Fund.


You can keep up to date with the festival on Twitter @RochLitFest, find them on Facebook or call 07904 643770.  The full programme can be found on the RLF website at www.rochesterlitfest.com, where tickets can be booked for the play and workshops. Brochures can also be picked up from the Visitor Information Centre in Rochester, the venues and various libraries.

Arts and music events at School of Music and Fine Art: Autumn booklet out now!


Our first What’s On booklet is OUT NOW!  Print copies soon coming to a venue near you – but check out our varied – and FREE – events online here.


From lunchtime concerts to music masterclasses, social events to site-specific installations and performances – the School of Music and Fine Art, part of the University of Kent’s Medway campus, is a hive of creativity!

For up to the minute news on activities and events coming up, please check out our website.


Cover image credit for What’s On booklet: Alice Sitting by Monika Jakubowska

School of Music & Fine Art Open Day: Saturday 10th October, 9am – 2pm at Chatham Historic Dockyard

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Join us on Saturday 10th October for a chance to explore the fantastic facilities of the School of Music & Fine Art, part of the Medway Campus of the University of Kent located in the unique environment of Chatham Historic Dockyard and explore our exciting courses in Music, Fine Art and Event and Experience Design.  See the library and student accommodation and the NEW academic facilities and social spaces that opened in September 2015.

Talk to tutors and students and find out more about what we have to offer. Due to the popularity of our open days, we ask that you book a place online. Online booking will open approximately four weeks’ before the event. Please use the link here:  http://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/visit/openday/essentials-medway.html

Our courses:


  • BMus Music
  • BSc (Hons) Music Technology
  • BMus Popular Music
  • BSc (Hons) Music Technology and Computing
  • BA (Hons) Music Technology with English and American Literature

Fine Art:

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art

 Event and Experience Design:

  • BA (Hons) Events and Experience Design

We offer:

  • Award winning facilities, studios, equipment and workshops
  • Inspiring, supportive and award winning tutors
  • Great waterfront location on historic site with easy access to London in under an hour
  • An intellectual culture that provides the basis of cutting-edge practice, research and scholarship
  • Excellent career and professional outcomes
  • The chance to spend a year in industry or a year abroad
  • Flexible course structure, with full and part time options
  • Outstanding professional links and international work placements
  • Many opportunities for collaborative and autonomous practices
  • Financial assistance, fee waivers and scholarships available

For more details contact e.dhiman@kent.ac.uk

Swale Film Festival 2015 – 24th to 27th September 2015


The Swale Film Festival has a wide variety of films and events on offer at venues across Swale from Thursday 24 September to Sunday 27 September.

Highlights include:

– The Opening Ceremony from 7.15pm on Thursday 24 September at New Century Cinema, Sittingbourne featuring the films Mr.Holmes and Everest.

– The First Film, a documentary that explores the possibility that the first film ever made was shot in Leeds in 1888. This screening will take place on Friday 25 September at 6.30pm at The Avenue Theatre, Sittingbourne and includes a Q&A session with Director David Nicholas Wilkinson.

– Winning Films of the Elstree Film Design “A Sense of Change” Film Competition, an exciting free film and animation competition for young people, living in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and North Kent. Screening starts at 2pm on Saturday 26 September at New Century Cinema, Sittingbourne.

This is just a snapshot of what is happening at the festival!

Visit the website to see it all: www.swalefilmfestival.org.uk

Community choir looks forward to new term

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A new term begins on Saturday, September 26 for The River Voice Community Choir, with members looking forward to helping more people improve their musical skills by learning to sing.

There is no audition and no requirement to read music, simply come along to a session and see if you like it. The choir aim to make music accessible to everyone and have a number of visually impaired members who take an active role in the group.

Rehearsals take place at St. Stephen’s Church in Maidstone Road, Chatham, every other Saturday from September 26 (10am-12noon), and every other Thursday from October 1 (6.30-8.30pm). The first session you attend is entirely free so you can try-before-you-buy and make sure it’s right for you.

With two workshops also scheduled (24/10 and 28/11), new members are welcome to come along and prepare for the Christmas Concert taking place on Saturday, December 5 at the St. George’s Centre in Chatham..

Claire J. Frewin, River Voice Chair, says: “We’re delighted to offer this wonderful opportunity to people throughout Kent, and beyond, to learn these skills with us. There really are no barriers to participating so come along and give it a go.”

River Voice was launched in 2013 following a short programme of vocal workshop sessions initiated by professional Musical Director, Tania Holland Williams, for participants with visual impairment. River Voice has since grown and includes adults of all abilities, whether sighted or visually impaired.

For more information, please contact either Claire on 07890 705698 / email cjfrewin@gmail.com or Tamara on 07919 134154 / email t.s.gummer2@hotmail.co.uk.

Props, Puppets and Prototypes – The Steve Allen Creative Works Exhibition – 3rd to 8th October 2015 – Chatham


A rare exhibition featuring the private collection of an industry professional, is taking place at the Nucleus Arts Centre in Chatham from the 3rd to 8th of October 2015.

This exhibition by Steve Allen Creative Works will be a unique ‘behind the scenes’ look at effect models, puppets, and original prototypes for TV/Film merchandise. Steve’s portfolio includes work for The Jim Henson Creature Shop, Disney, The BBC, 20th Century Fox and The Magic Circle. Many of the items on exhibit have never been on view before.

The exhibition is free to attend and part of the Medway Fun Palace; a celebration of art and science taking place at Nucleus Arts on the 3rd of October. (Fun Palaces will be cropping up all over this country and beyond for the weekend of 3rd to 4th October – see www.funpalaces.co.uk)

The preview is being held on Friday 2nd of October from 6pm-8pm. All are welcome.


The Element In The Room – A Radioactive Comedy – 21st November 2015 – Chatham


Fresh from the Edinburgh Festival, The Element in The Room is a comedy based around the life story of Marie Curie, performed by Tangram Theatre Company.

Marie Curie’s story is a tale of of glowing powders with extraordinary powers, lives saved and destroyed, and unparalleled achievements in the face of unbelievable odds.

Join us for an adventurous musical-comedy-road-movie that follows Marie’s real-life journey across the USA to collect a single gram of radium to continue her research.

Featuring incredible scientific breakthroughs, very silly songs and an audience-participation radioactive decay chain, this is an exuberant celebration of the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, whose work continues to affect our lives today.

The Element in the Room… is the final installment of Tangram Theatre Companies, comedy musical trilogy and premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to see this performance, it will be one to remember!

Book tickets at www.eventjoy.com/e/the-element-in-the-room—a-radioactive-comedy-3799432

Directed by Daniel Goldman

Performed by John Hinton and Jo Eagle

Music by John Hinton and Jo Eagle

Where: Nucleus Arts Centre, 272 High Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4BP

When: Saturday the 21st November 2015

Doors at 7pm

Performance starts at 7.30pm

Book tickets at www.eventjoy.com/e/the-element-in-the-room—a-radioactive-comedy-3799432

Please Note:

The venue has full disabled access.

The cafe/bar will be open on the night.

The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the performers.

In collaboration with Applause Rural Touring and Ideas Test.

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Medway World Peace Slam – 21st September 2015 at 7pm – Chatham


Slamming for world PEACE!! There is too much hatred and violence in the world, ego rules environment time to make a stand against ego and detach yourself from the shackles that divide us, poetry has a way of reaching people, it’s time to slam for peace, and crown a Champion of Peace to take us into a new paradigm

The winning poem will in essences bring about world peace, if you have words that can change the world or change opinion then we want to hear them words!!!

Sign up by emailing dekedobson@hotmail.co.uk or comment on the event page feed to reserve a place

No entry fee nor sign up fee 🙂

the Medway peace Slam is in conjunction with the Medway World Peace Festival

Location: Nucleus Arts Riverside Hub, 13 Military Road, Chatham, Kent

Time: 7pm on the 21st September

Organised by Deke Dobson

Get Creative – Get Writing

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The Rochester Litfest (RLF) is to host 4 themed writing workshops during their 2015 festival, Live’n’Local, as part of Get Creative – a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity.

Get Creative aims to boost creativity in the UK, as well as celebrating the millions of people already doing something artistic and creative everyday. The campaign was launched 19 February 2015, by BBC Arts in partnership with cultural movement What Next? and leading arts and cultural organisations across the country, including Culture at King’s, Voluntary Arts, 64 Million Artists, Fun Palaces, Cultural Learning Alliance and Arts Council England

The RLF is joining hundreds of organisations nationwide in becoming a Get Creative Champion.

This year’s festival will run across the weekend 10/11 October and features a sense of people and place, mixing workshops and talks inspired by landscape and cultural heritage.

A history themed day takes place at the Guildhall Museum on Saturday, October 11, with 2 workshops and three speakers, including Keynote Speaker, Sir Robert Worcester, Chairman of the Magna Carta 800th Commemoration Committee, while at Sun Pier House on Sunday the 11th, speakers include local legend Bill Lewis, a panel discussion featuring some of Medway’s cultural contributors, and 2 more workshops.

The workshops on Saturday at the Guildhall Museum feature The History Magpie, Rachael Hale, who – inspired by the museum’s wonderful collection of artifacts – will guide you in finding hidden treasures whose stories are waiting to be told. Festival partner Sam Hall will teach you how to use news stories to inspire your own writing, leading the creative writing workshop Safe and Sound which is linked to the Sunday evening play, My Mind is Free, exploring the issues around human trafficking in the UK (over 14s).

On Sunday at Sun Pier House, Nature Girl, Carol Donaldson will be taking participants out to explore the local environment before committing their discoveries to paper, while Melanie Benn will help you in Unlocking your Memories with discussion and thoughtful writing exercises, encouraging you think about writing from personal experiences.

Festival Director Jaye Nolan says: “We’re excited to be part of the BBC’s Get Creative Campaign this year, and pleased to be able to offer such a wide variety of workshops for both aspiring and experienced writers in the community. Whether you’re into history, the environment, memoir or playwriting, we’ve got something for you.”

You can keep up to date with the festival on Twitter @RochLitFest or find them on Facebook.  The full programme can be found on the RLF website at www.rochesterlitfest.com or call 07904 643770.

Get Creative will also have its digital home on BBC Arts online and through the use of #bbcgetcreative on social media sites.

Into Film Festival 2015 – Free Events and Screenings For People Under 19 – Book Now!


The Into Film Festival is the world’s largest free film and education event for all schools and 5 – 19 year olds.

From 4 – 20 November, over 400,000 young people and their educators are expected to attend one of the 2,700+ film screenings and special events, across the UK. Free resources will be available for download, supporting the different film titles and strands. These resources are designed to help teachers capture the valuable curricula links from across the four nations.

The festival is a part of the wider programme of Into Film — a film education charity for children and young people aged 5-19.

Please note: Bookings can only be made by school/college staff or parent/guardians.

See what is happening in your area and book at :

Website: www.intofilm.org/festival
Phone: 020 3194 4311

Free Creative Writing Workshops – Various Locations and Dates – September to October 2015 – Medway Libraries

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Medway Libraries are hosting new free creative writing workshops for people. Entitled Trafficked, the workshops will explore the issues around human trafficking in the UK.

The sessions will be led by Samantha Fentiman-Hall (Wordsmithery andME4Writers)

The same session will be run at multiple venues and times to enable easier access:

  • Chatham Library on Monday 7 Sept, 11am-12.30
  • Rochester Library on Saturday 12 Sept, 2pm-3.30pm
  • Gillingham Library on Tuesday 22 Sept, 5.30 – 7pm
  • Final session will run at Strood Library on Saturday 3 Oct from 1pm-2.30pm

To book your free session, please call 01634 337799 or email chatham.library@medway.gov.uk

Free Wandering Words Poetry Event – 22nd August 1pm – Nucleus Arts Chatham


Wandering Words are popping by Nucleus Arts Centre tomorrow afternoon to perform poetry, as part of their walk from Chatham to Faversham! Everyone is welcome and it is free!

A group of young poets are undertaking a series of walks across Kent and Medway, led by poet and adventurer Michael James Parker, as part of the Wandering Words project. At times they will walk together and at times they will walk separately – making the most of the opportunity to engage with people who live in the area but also to experience as much of the urban and rural landscape as possible.

On Saturday 22nd of August they would like people to join them at:

Where: The Nucleus Arts Centre, 272 High Street, Chatham – in the Second Courtyard.

When: 1:00pm – 3:00 pm

There will be a few short pop up poetry performances, plus they will also be asking you about your experience of living in Swale or Medway:
What drew you to the place?
Are there any unexpected spaces or hidden gems?
What myths, legends or stories can you share?

Wandering Words are also exploring what it feels like to take time out of our lives to walk and are interested in whether you have undertaken any journeys that have had a big impact on your life.

Wandering Words is a writing project and online platform that is putting the written word on the map in Swale & Medway.

By commissioning new writing about the landscape, architecture, communities and heritage of the area to be hosted on this website, we hope we can inspire others to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and share their work here too.
Blogs, poetry, journalism, graphic novels – all are welcome – we want to create a digital library of written reflections on the area.
Wandering Words is developed, managed and funded by Ideas Test (which is part of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places Programme).

Register for Chalk It Up! – Sittingbourne Chalk Art Festival – September 2015

By Dean Tweedy at 2014 Chalk It Up!
By Dean Tweedy at 2014 Chalk It Up!

This years Chalk It Up! Sittingbourne Chalk Art Festival is on the weekend of the 12th – 13th of September in Sittingbourne High Street.

If you would like to be involved then please complete the artists application form at http://www.marvellousmurals.co.uk/register-for-september-2015

There is no closing date set but it is recommended you register as soon as possible before they reach capacity as places will be in strong demand.