NOTHINGNESS – Art Exhibition By Christopher Sacre – 27th September to 9th October 2014 – Chatham

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‘Nothingness’ – an exhibition featuring new work by artist Christopher Sacre.

Artist Christopher Sacre has created a new sculptural ‘lifeform’ that will be first shown at Nucleus Arts Chatham Gallery in September as the focal point of his latest exhibition, NOTHINGNESS.

The sculpture, whose exact appearance will remain a mystery until the exhibition opens, references society’s response to difference and provides a focus for exploration of the dynamic relationship of the Deaf community to mainstream society.

The new work develops ideas first explored in his successful ‘See What This Man Gave Birth to After Using 2000 Condoms in 22 Days’ installation in 2010, which Christopher exhibited at venues across South East England and London. The piece marked a turning point in his
work and introduced his ‘babies’ to the world – sculptural forms made by pouring liquid plaster into condoms. NOTHINGNESS unveils the next stage of evolution, a sculptural ‘child’ that will take it’s meaning in part from the responses it provokes and how viewers connect emotionally, intellectually and imaginatively with it.

Christopher is passionate about using his art to stimulate wider interest, discussion and debate about the complex and problematic nature of being Deaf in society. He expands upon issues that inform the work:

“Through recent funding cuts many significant educational and cultural institutions have been lost, which have been vital focal points for this community. This stripping away of the cultural fabric of the community has left Deaf people increasingly at risk of losing their rich cultural heritage. What will be left for future generations?

How will the audience reflect upon the sculpture? Will the ‘child’ be left isolated as society flows around it?”

NOTHINGNESS runs from 27th September to 9th October 2014 at

Nucleus Arts Chatham Gallery, 272 High Street, Chatham, Kent ME4 4BP
(diagonally opposite Iceland). Admission is free. Please see for opening times.

There is an exhibition preview on Friday 26th September, 6-9pm – all welcome.

NOTHINGNESS is supported using public funding by the National Lottery
through Arts Council England.  #nothingnessexhibition

For interview opportunities or further information please email:


Seasonally Effected On The Edith May Barge – Chatham – 27th August 2014


Join us for an Special August Seasonally Effected on the Edith May Barge, which will be moored at Sun Pier. Expect the usual mix of poetry, comedy, music, film and all sorts of other bits and pieces.

For this event there will be a £3 door charge, which will be used to raise funds to support the further development of Seasonally Effect.

If you would like to perform, please email Roy on:

Find out more about past events and download podcasts

Tickets: £3 on the door

Time: 7pm

Location: Edith May Barge, Sun Pier House, Chatham.

Monday nights are literary at The Alex in Chatham

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Every Monday – live literature

ROUNDABOUT NIGHTS is a new free live literary night for Medway, organised by Wordsmithery (the literature development organisation who produce ME4Writers and 17Percent). It will be held weekly on Mondays, upstairs at the Alexandra Hotel pub in Chatham. Getting to the pub is easy – it’s right next to Chatham rail station and about 5 minutes from the bus station. (Many buses also stop at the rail station.)

The event will showcase a rotating schedule of events including the relaunch of 17Percent’s She Writes showcase of short plays by women; spoken word poetry and stories; ME4-rum – a workshop/lit-chat where you can bring your writing and work on it in a shared environment, (think of it as a type’n’ gripe rather than a stich’n’bitch); and special guest programmers who will take over for the night.

Roundabout Nights offer an opportunity for writers to showcase their work, get feedback and talk to other writers. If you don’t call yourself a writer you are also welcome too to come along and be part of the audience!

Coming up, we have:

~ 18 August: Spoken word
~ 25 August: Bank Holiday – No show tonight
~ 1 September: She Writes – short plays about holidays
~ 8 September: Type’n’gripe at ME4-rum
~ 15 September: Spoken word
~ 22 September: Guest slot: Politics, plays and policies. Plays inspired by political themes
~ 29 September: She Writes – plays on a Byronic theme
~ 6 October: Type’n’gripe at ME4-rum

Upstairs at the Alexandra Hotel, 43 Railway St, Chatham, ME4 6RJ
Find us on Facebook: Roundabout Nights

*Please note that, regrettably, the upstairs room is not currently accessible for wheelchair users.

Making It! – Project and Career Workshop for 9-15 year olds – Chatham – 15th August 2014


15th July 2014


Nucleus Arts Chatham

This workshop will help young people to think about what they would like to do as a young person. Would they like to run a certain project? Maybe they would love to run their own business? Maybe they want a career in a certain field? The workshop will be a fun event that will help young people to plan practically what they can do to achieve their goals, whilst also considering how valuable they can be to their community. It will include drama, drawing and various creative projects. Lead by Natasha Steer.

Parents can leave their children in the workshop whilst shopping or having a coffee in our lovely cafe.

Tickets cost £5 – book below.

Vintage Clothing and Upcycling Galore At POP! – 5th to 25th July 2014 – Chatham

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POP, a pop-up shop at 64 High Street, Chatham, is pleased to invite you to Fabrika, a fashion, textiles and jewellery exhibition.

Private View 4th July 4pm.


Alison Blackburn, Kathleen Keefe, Sarah Ee,

Clare Smith, Rosie James, Emma Gates



Exhibition: 5th – 25th July Mon-Sat 11am-4pm

Exhibition Preview: 4th July 4pm onward…

Workshops: Every Saturday 11am – 3pm:

5th of July – Alison will be holding a Clothing alteration open day, bring your unusable clothing to see if we can’t make it fit you or re-purpose it into something else. During the event Alison will alter four items of clothing, (some not so much but others dramatically.) So come back on the 25th to see what can be done with a item of clothing you like, but cannot wear.

12th of July – Kathy will be holding a shoe decoration day. Please bring your own shoes to be covered and some fabulous fabric to cover it with. £10 per student.

19th July – “Thread” drawing with Clare Smith and Rosie James.

Pop in 5th – 25th July to amend your cloths, transform your shoes, learn some stitching and sewing skills or exchange your garments…

Free Visual Merchandising Taster Workshop – 5pm on 5th July 2014 – Chatham

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Visual merchandising is something almost all of us struggle with. Visual merchandiser Georgina Hopwood will be hosting this taster session on visual merchandising for people running market stalls through to open studios. Feel free to bring examples of your work and she will help you maximise sales and show your goods off to the best of their advantage.

The workshop will take place at Nucleus Arts, 272 High Street, Chatham at 5pm on the 5th July.

Tickets are free – please book at –

Retro Night – Nucleus Arts – Chatham – 18th July 2014

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If you love all things Retro and Vintage then you will love this night! A selection of vintage stalls will be there for your perusing pleasure along with some of your favourite retro cocktails to enjoy to nostalgic music. There will also be a beauty parlour for you to have your nails and hair done to suit the event.

The event is listed on Facebook at:

Crying For a Dream – Video Installation – 28th June 2014 – Sun Pier House – Chatham


Crying for a Dream – Kent based video and performance artist Nikolai Deaves brings vision quests to the 21st Century. 

Artist and filmmaker Nikolai Deaves will be exhibiting an interactive installation from The Lost Rites collective on Saturday 28th June from 6:30-10:00pm at Sun Pier House, Chatham.

Kent based artist and filmmaker Nikolai Deaves, a 2011 graduate from the University for the Creative Arts, will be exhibiting his cinematic style of performance art at Sun Pier House on the 28th of June. The artist who calls his second home Taiwan, has also worked across the hostile borders of Jordan performing his latest series The Lost Rites. His filmic and narrative performance work investigates themes of grief, identity and culture; looking at the absence of particular rituals in western cultures, the artist investigates their significance in being human.

Crying for a Dream, the fourth work in his series, follows a journey beginning at the coastline of Folkestone where the artist was left blindfolded. Over a gruelling 30 hours, Nikolai Deaves walked back to Rochester with a map and compass in hand. The performance piece, which was designed by social media, took responses through twitter and the artist’s website to design a vision quest and a pilgrimage for a 21st coming of age rite of passage. With the artist foraging for food, walking barefoot and submerging into the icy seas of the English Chanel, this interactive performance work reflects on societies disconnect to growing older.

Nikolai said, “This work really came from reconnecting with friends over social media, as we all struggled to grasp the next steps in our lives. Many of us attempt to mark the next rite of passage in our life by showing pictures of children, houses and cars. Success in adulthood was measured by money, coming of age seemed to no longer be ritualised explicitly by the community.”

He continues, “Aging in our culture is now seen as a negative, we hide our wrinkles and deny our wisdom. Direction in life is obscured by the myth of adulthood, no longer is this openly taught, made time for and acknowledged. Instead humanity forge on as grown children crying for a dream, lusting for a vision to show them their purpose.”

Documentation of the performance, which lasted over 30 hours, will be screened at Sun Pier House on the 28th of June. Doors will be opening at 6:30 with an opportunity to to view ‘Challenge 25’, a live and interactive performance piece by London based guest artist Andrea Morris. Sun Pier House’s Tea Room will also be open for a chance to grab a drink before the screening of Crying for a Dream at 7:30. Later on in the evening there will be a Q&A with both of the exhibiting artists.

‘Crying for a Dream’ takes place on Saturday 28th June from 6.30-10.00pm at Sun Pier House in Chatham, which can be found at Medway St, Chatham, Kent ME4 4HF

For more information please visit or check out Nikolai Deaves’ Twitter feed.




An invitation to event volunteer training

Would you like to volunteer at community art events but not sure what it might entail? If so, Ideas Test would like to invite you to a free volunteer training opportunity to help you help them find out more about the people coming along to their arts events.

Ask the audience

It will take place at Swale CVS in Central Avenue, Sittingbourne on Monday, July 14th from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. Ages from 14 upwards are welcome and expenses will be covered.

For all activities, particularly publicly funded art ones, knowing who comes to events and takes part in activities is crucial to making sure we involve the whole community, and important for feeding back to funders and sponsors.

The session will be run by The Audience Agency, specialists in training fieldworkers – especially volunteers attached to projects – to get the most useful feedback from audiences and participants. This session will look at asking people the right questions, in a variety of ways, from surveys to vox pops. We hope this will provide an opportunity for people in the local community to volunteer and to learn useful new skills.

If you’d like to take part, download and complete the application form and email it to: to reserve your place.

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Free funding workshop for music and family arts

Dulcie Alexander and Kevin Grist, Relationship Managers for the Arts Council, will be presenting a free workshop and funding surgery on Tuesday, June 24th at the Brook Theatre, Chatham.

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You’re invited to meet them and find out more about Grants for the Arts funding and how to apply, in this music focused session.

It’s a Creative Network event held jointly with Ideas Test, who will also be on hand to discuss applications for the special Family Arts callout they’ve recently instigated. This is an opportunity to apply for a Small Experiment grant to generate high quality, innovative family friendly activities during the national Family Arts Festival, which runs from October 17th to November 2nd. More information can be found at  Deadline for applications is Monday, July 7th.

To book your place, please email The session will run from 1pm – 4pm.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to ask all those burning questions and de-mystify the process of obtaining arts funding.

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Places Available For Gravesham Arts At Gravesend River Festival – – 19th July 2014


Gravesham Arts have  places available for Gravesham Riverside Festival,

19th July 2014.


Gravesham Arts will be based in Fort Gardens where we have live music, dancing, singing, well lots of fabulous things to see and do


We would like you to be part of this fabulous day.


We would like you to show case your work and if appropriate encourage visitor participation, this is our first year of participation so you will need to bring your own table and gazebo/ awning as required – for future years we hope to be able to provide these, if this is the only reason you are unable participate please ask for assistance.


We are asking a £20 deposit to show your intent to attend & participate; this is fully refundable to you on the day.


In return for your participation we are pleased to offer these ten participants complimentary membership of Gravesham Arts for one year (apologies if you are already a member!)


Gravesham Arts is currently undergoing a revamp; it certainly is a very exciting time.

Some of the current benefits of membership are, the opportunity to stage a sponsored show at St Andrews Art Centre in 2015 ( 2014 is already successfully fully booked ) promotion on our new web page ( going live very soon ), vote on policies and ideas for the future of Gravesham Arts & to meet like-minded people, reduced rates of hire for St Andrews Art Centre, we are also currently working on a number of discounts to offer members ( I said we were revamping !), discounts on courses run at St Andrews, keep informed of events before they happen with more to follow soon.…


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  • I enclose £20 deposit, (cheques payable to Gravesham Arts Council) which I understand is fully refundable upon my participation for the day,

please send fao Claire Brown to 29 Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, DA12 2BD.

  • I should like to accept complimentary Gravesham Arts Membership for one year.


BESPOKE – Designer and Maker Fair – Apply to Exhibit – Medway



Bespoke is a new international designer and maker fair being launched in Chatham, Kent. The 2014 event is the pilot of this new event in Medway offering designers, makers and artists a free opportunity to showcase their work to the public.

Artists from across England and France are being invited to apply, with the selection process hoping to create a diverse range of work on show. Coinciding with the Chatham day of the Fuse Festival the Fair will provide an added opportunity for visitors to the Festival to experience art and meet designers.  

The Fair is free for the public to enter.


The outdoor fair will take place alongside the new creative venue Sun Pier House, in an area of the Sun Wharf car park; Medway Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4HF. Sun Pier House hosts a large public gallery, tearoom, artist studios and office space for creative industries.


Applications are invited across the UK and France from individual makers and craft based businesses. We require a CV and artist statement along with 3 representative images of work clearly labelled with title, medium and size. JPEGS are preferred. We accept applications by email and post. We will reply to all applicants to acknowledge your application. The selection process will be taken seriously and we will notify all applicants of our decision by Monday 2 June 2014.


Applications are invited any time before 5pm on Monday 9th June 2014.


As part of the 2014 pilot event all pitches are offered for FREE to successful applicants. We will provide;

  • One gazebo cover with sides, approximately 3m x 3m per exhibitor

  • Two tables and one chair for each exhibitor

Trading hours are 11am – 5pm; stallholders can gain access from 8am on the day to set up.

Stallholders must supply any other equipment required for their stall. Note: there are no power sockets or additional lighting.

Vehicles can unload/ load in the car park alongside their pitch and vehicles will be moved out of sight. One parking space will be provided per exhibitor.


As part of the pilot scheme we are also offering all applicants the opportunity to attend a series of practical workshop aimed at small creative business. Topics covered throughout the course will be;

  • Work selection for fairs
  • How to present and display your work
  • How to price your work
  • Talking to the public and selling you work
  • Basic book-keeping and small business finance systems
  • Social media and marketing plans

The training will take place throughout the summer. Tailored to the feedback from exhibitors at Bespoke.


We prefer email communication where possible. If you have any questions please contact Heather Burgess, Event Coordinator, on If you are unable to use email or have an urgent enquiry please contact Heather on 07545 642 581. Office hours are Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm.


  • All work must be original and by the exhibitor

  • Makers cannot sublet their space or any part of it to another party or maker without prior permission.

  • Makers cannot display work or services other than that which they stated in their application.

  • You are responsible for your own insurance for you work. We recommend joining a-n/ AIR.

  • All work displayed should ideally be for sale.

  • A few cards and postcards can be displayed and sold but must not dominate the space.


Bespoke 2014 is part of the Recreate project, selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF



Summer 2014 Rochester and West Kent Art Society Exhibition – 2nd June to 28th June

Rochester and West Kent Art Society (RWKAS) is pleased to invite the Medway and Kent community to its Summer 2014 Exhibition.

The exhibition will take place at Strood Library, 32 Bryant road, ME2 3EP, Kent, from Monday 2nd June to Saturday 28th June 2014.

15 local artists will be exhibiting 46 paintings. The private viewing and meeting the artists will be on Monday 2nd June from 5-7 p.m. All are welcome.

The artists are: Clive Bass, Ann Brooker, Peter Guest, Andy Hudson, Pat Maynard-Smith, Mai Monk, Ken Newland, Jane Oram, Ann Palmer, Jill Pestell, Marjorie Reynolds, Randa Saab Smith, John Wallis, Ron Wiseman, and Jaqueline Young.

The paintings include a variety of topics and mediums. Among the art on display will be Still Life, Landscapes, Marine Works and Local Scenes, Floral and Abstract Art in watercolour, pastels, oils, acrylics, pen & wash and more. A lovely range of paintings will be for sale at reasonable prices.


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Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival – Saturday 12th to Sunday 20th July 2014


Medway Open Studios & Arts Festival (MOSAF) is an independent, non-profit festival, now operating in its third year and growing. With over 20 venues confirmed for 2014 the public will have a chance to meet over 100 Medway based artists in their homes and studios. The 2014 event runs from Saturday 12th July to Sunday 20th July.


The Medway Open Studios & Arts Festival was founded in 2012 by Heather Burgess an Arts, Events and Creative Producer, and it continues to grow, year on year. The MOSAF is a very relaxed festival, offering visitors a unique opportunity to meet the artist, see their working studio space, and even have a go at making their own piece of art.


MOSAF continues to attract renowned Kent artists, with such artists as Bill Lewis, Mark Barnes, and Wendy Daws confirmed to take part this July. As well as emerging artists such as Rosie Melville who recently won the St Peter’s Prayer Walk commission, working with members of Bredhurst community to design and create a series of installations for the St. Peter’s Church woodland area.


Speaking about the 2013 Festival, Wendy Daws said “It was a great experience joining MOSAF for the first time. I really enjoyed talking with visitors about various ongoing projects, showing films, photographs and in particular sharing the process of creating tactile art. This year, I’m sharing the studio with artists Lorri Thomas and Mark Barnes and we’re all really looking forward to taking part”.


MOSAF continues to support and promote the thriving artistic and creative scene in Medway. It is unique in that artists from all disciplines can participate, whether they work in a purpose built studio, or in the basement of their home. MOSAF has a relaxed and community feel for visitors, a pleasurable way to spend some time meeting local artists and exploring the creative culture in Medway.



The Word Play Wagon lights the Fuse in Walderslade

Jaye Nolan, Festival Director of the Rochester Literature Festival, has been selected by the Kent Baton to open their Sparks Fuse Festival project, One Day Works.


Jaye’s short term residence in the Baton – a vintage silver airstream caravan converted to a mobile art centre – is on Wednesday, June 4th from 11am – 6pm. It will be located outside Permark Post Office in Walderslade Village and its activities will be suitable for all ages and all abilities. No previous experience is needed, just turn up and play around with some words.

The overall title, The Word Play Wagon, reflects the diverse creative writing activities planned, including:

  • Turn over a new leaf: Add a poem, wish or favourite saying to a luggage label leaf you create and hang it on a Poetree.
  •  A Novel Experience: Bring your favourite book and write an original short piece based on its premise.
  • Hint: Writing micro fiction from as little as 10 words
  • Spoofing Medway: Write the local news as it didn’t happen
  • Mystery Collective Poems: Add a line to the one before – it’ll be the only one you can see!
  •  If and Then: A question and answer session with a difference.

With the Rochester LitFest aiming to make literature accessible to more people, Jaye is delighted to be running a free one day workshop dedicated to creative writing, saying: “I’m really looking forward to engaging lots of people in writing activities, and encouraging them to find their voices. Who knows, I might find the next generation of Medway poets!”

One Day Works will host a series of one day experiments throughout Medway during the Fuse Festival and its build up. From urban high streets to country villages, the project will showcase ten of Medway’s finest creative talents across a range of art forms. Along with the The Word Play Wagon, the works include an epic poem, sculptures made from found objects, archival collections, insect inspired costumes, drawings made from thread, an acoustic live music gig and a magic lantern performance. All activities are free.

TONE Festival: The UK’s First Festival Of Contemporary Sonic and Visual Arts – 20th to 22nd June 2014 – Medway

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Venue: The Historic Dockyard, Fort Amherst, Gun Wharf, Sun Pier and LV21 PLUS MORE! 

Dates: 20 – 22 June 2014. Pre-festival events from 9 June 2014
Price: £18 (£15 concs.) per day

2014 marks the first edition of TÖNE, the UK’s first festival of contemporary sonic and visual arts, taking place in its launch year in the unique and challenging setting of The Historic Dockyard, Fort Amherst and sites along the Medway River at Chatham, Kent from 20 – 22 June 2014.

This wide-ranging and stimulating programme of events will showcase a selection of the best new music and visual art on the international arts scene, marking the First World War Centenary through work that reflects the military and maritime location of Chatham. The festival’s theme A Meeting of Sound and Light also reflects the timing of the festival over the weekend of the Summer Solstice, an annual celebration of light that dates back to the earliest days of human settlement on the island.

Highlights include:
· 9 ambitious new national and international commissions challenging perspectives on the environment, heritage, and the future of public space.
· Choreographer Anna Koch and composer Mats Lindström will undertake an art residency on LV21, the last lightship built in the UK, currently docked at Gillingham Pier
· Australian artist James Geurts will build a solar light sculpture, marking Midsummer on Sun Pier
· Dan Ayling directs a cello tour around UNESCO world heritage site The Historic Dockyard Chatham, with Rohan de Saram, Lucy Railton and Olly Coates and the Musarc choir
· New installations at dramatic Fort Amherst, overlooking the River Medway, with ‘Twittering Machines’ by leading British sound artist Kathy Hinde, and Gunsgooffbythemselves by Ben Fitton and Dylan Shipton.
· New radio art commission from Sara-Mohr Pietsch
· DJ set by Max Reinhardt
· Morgan O’Hara, Jon Tilbury and Sarah Nicolls re-imagine the grand piano

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Founded and directed by composer/sound artist Claudia Molitor and visual artist Julie Louise Bacon, the festival’s programme brings together local and international sound and visual artists, including nine new commissions, across sculpture, sound, dance, radio art and food art, as well as installations, broadcasts and public forums. A festival pre-programme will involve participants in a series of workshops, masterclasses and talks, linked into local arts and education activities.

Theatre Workshops – From July 2014 – Chatham

A set of three interlinked acting courses

Each course explores some specific and key ideas of Constantin Stanislavski.

Classes are very practical, with a strong emphasis on scene-work, experiment and structured acting exercises.

You can come to just one course if you like – they’re designed to work alone. Or two, if you want to make the links. Or, indeed, all three. The first I’m offering is The Actor and The Character.

The Actor and The Character A seven week acting course Saturdays – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Starts Sat 19th July, 2014. Nucleus Arts, Chatham High St, Chatham, Kent ME4 4BP.

Get this course at the early-bird price of £98 (£7 an hour). Just email me by Thurs 19th June – £126 thereafter


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Chatham Maritime Food and Drink Festival – 24th to 26th May 2014

FREE event: 11am-6pm each day, 24-26 May 2014 the very first Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival – music, entertainment, fun for all the family!
Spring Bank Holiday weekend in May 2014 will see the launch of the Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival, alongside the HMS Chatham Bridge and the Marina.Timed to coincide with the Commemorative Cruise of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships, the festival will bring together an exciting mix of locally produced foods and drinks, vintage stalls, music and entertainment for all the family. Teams can take part in Dragon Boat racing run by Medway Sunlight Rotary on the Sunday.


The traders present will be ;  Kent Chilli Farm, Riverford Veg, Flicks Fancy pies, Cheesemakers of Canterbury, Vicomte Bernard de Romanet wines, Joannes Preserves, Kingcott Cheese, Enzo’s Bakery, Stour Valley Game, Moor Organics juices, Margate Smokehouse, Eastcourt Manor breads, Red Bean Machine Coffee, Godmersham Game, Taste of Thailand, Odins Cookhouse, Hog and Kisses, John Beaney fruit, Crabbie Shack, Greek Deli, Festimex, Kent Cider Co, Old Spots Halloumi Burgers, Kernow Kreperie, The Frying Dutchman, Haji Baji Indian, GB Lister Hog Roast, Sunshine Smoothies, Rochester Refreshments ice cream and more.You can contact the organisers here:


Medway Visions Film Festival is back!



Medway Visions is back and it needs your films! Medway Visions promotes independent filmmaking from around the world but a big emphasis will be placed on local upcoming filmmakers who have produced a short film, feature film or music video that needs to be seen!

The film festival is a new venture by Rochester filmmaker Mr Young, himself a indie filmmaker who has seen his short films and his debut feature film screened at festivals around the world and broadcast on television.

Medway Visions – Year One was a huge success, bringing together local arts providers and using their strengths to bring a passionate audience the best indie shorts and features from around the world and, of course, from Medway.  Last year’s event can be found here:

In order to submit your film email with:
Title, running time, a brief synopsis, cast and crew list, previous screenings.
We will then ask you to send a DVD in due course.


For further details please visit our website:

or our Facebook page:





Wild Flower Mini-Festival – 24th to 25th May 2014 – Ranscombe Farm Reserve – Cuxton

Wild Flower Mini-Festival 24 & 25 May 2014 Ranscombe Farm Reserve

Sat 24 & Sun 25 May
Wild Flower Mini-festival
Join us in celebrating our wild flower landscape with a variety of activities over the two days. Drop in and see us – find us next to the main car park on the A228, just south of the M2. No booking required.

Sat 24 May 1pm-4pm
All afternoon: Geocache Challenge: Try your hand at navigating Ranscombe for our hidden treasures – using maps, apps or GPS, there are 6 caches to be found.
1pm-2.30pm: Discover Wild Food: Explore nature’s larder and taste some locally foraged food.
3pm-4pm: Botany for Beginners: An inspiring introduction to identifying wild plants, with Ranscombe as your classroom.

Sun 25 May 10am-3pm
All Day: try your hand at craft activities, or learn bush-craft skills
10am-11am: Botany for Beginners: An inspiring introduction to identifying wild plants, with Ranscombe as your classroom.
12-1pm: Morris Dancing by Kettle Bridge Clogs.
1pm-3pm: Orchid Hunt: May is the month for rare orchids. Join us on a hunt for some of Ranscombe’s jewels.

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Arty Elephants Near You – Elephant Parade – Various Locations 2014


Elephant Parade is back in the UK for its first ever national tour: 14 venues over 375 days, featuring more than 100 Elephant Parade statues.

Elephant Parade is the world’s largest open air art exhibition of decorated elephant statues that seeks to raise public awareness and support for Asian elephant conservation.


The national tour is being presented by intu, owner and manager of some of the UK’s leading shopping centres. For the first time, and as an integral part of the parade, intu is running a national schools programme. Thousands of designs have already been submitted and dozens of schools with contribute elephants to the tour. In addition to this, there will also be a digital tour, where thousands of design ideas will be broadcast at intu tour venues around the UK.

Engaging half the UK population, this is the people’s parade.  Be part of it.


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Tour Dates

16 Jul 2013 London preview day
22 Jul 2013 Watford (intu Watford) – 4 weeks
19 Aug 2013 Manchester (intu Trafford Centre) – 4 weeks
16 Sep 2013 Gateshead (intu Metrocentre) – 4 weeks
14 Oct 2013 Newcastle (intu Eldon Square) – 4 weeks
4-8 Nov 2013 Nottingham Trent University (Carbon Elephant Week)
13 Nov 2013 Cardiff (see list of locations) – 3 weeks
5 Jan 2014 Nottingham (intu Victoria Centre/Broadmarsh) – 5 weeks
10 Feb 2014 Glasgow (intu Braehead) – 4 weeks
10 Mar 2014 Stoke (intu Potteries) – 4 weeks
7 Apr 2014 Norwich (intu Chapelfield) – 4 weeks
5 May 2014 Essex (intu Lakeside) – 4 weeks
2 Jun 2014 Uxbridge (intu Uxbridge) – 4 weeks
30 Jun 2014 Bromley (intu Bromley) – 4 weeks
26 Jul 2014 Auction Ends

Comics Unmasked Art and Anarchy in the UK – British Library – Open until 19 August 2014


Comics Unmasked
Art and Anarchy in the UK
Open until 19 August 2014

Parental guidance required for visitors under 16 years.

Featuring such iconic names as Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta), Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum) and Posy Simmonds (Tamara Drewe), this exhibition traces the British comics tradition back through classic 1970s titles including 2000AD, Action and Misty to 19th-century illustrated reports of Jack the Ripper and even medieval manuscripts.

You are strongly advised to book ahead to avoid disappointment
Weekends are very busy (tickets for Tue evenings often available)
Please note that photography is not permitted
Parental guidance required

Comics Unmasked is the UK’s largest ever exhibition of mainstream and underground comics, showcasing works that uncompromisingly address politics, gender, violence, sexuality and altered states. It explores the full anarchic range of the medium with works that challenge categorisation, preconceptions and the status quo, alongside original scripts, preparatory sketches and final artwork that demystify the creative process.

Enter the subversive and revelatory world of comics, from the earliest pioneers to today’s digital innovators.

Content advisory notice
The Comics Unmasked exhibition contains imagery and language which some visitors may find offensive or disturbing, including exhibits with violent and sexual content.

Parental guidance is required for visitors under 16 years of age; visitors under 16 years of age who are unaccompanied by an adult will not be admitted. Please be aware that the Library may request proof of age.

Within the exhibition, there is a separate section examining sexual themes which visitors can by-pass if they wish.

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Fund Raising Dance Night – 18th July 2014 – Maidstone


Once Upon a Time is a grown-up disco/dance evening with Spectrum Disco at the Hilton Hotel in Maidstone on Fri July 18th from 7.30pm – 1am.  Tickets cost £20 and as well as a disco there will also be a buffet, prizes for the Best Dressed, a belly dance cabaret, a jazz trio and a fundraising raffle.  Free secure parking at the venue.  Tickets are available from Eventbrite:


Each year around 8,500 people in the UK are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It has the lowest survival rate of all cancers – just 3% of those diagnosed survive for five years. It is also the only cancer that has seen no improvement in this figure over the last 40 years. In 2011, the year my Dad was taken, pancreatic cancer attracted just 1% of research funding from the major funding bodies. Pancreatic Cancer UK is a charity very close to my heart, as you can imagine, so any support of any kind is very gratefully received.



Dr Sketchy’s Burlesque Life Drawing Class // Saturday 31st May

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We’re back for our second Dr Sketchy’s event and boy is this going to be a doozy!

Holding the event together with glitter glue and tit tape will be the incomparable Sadie Sinner and she will joined by a line-up of lovely performers just waiting to entertain and pose for your pencils.  No artistic ability is required, just turn up ready to drink, draw and have fun!

Our events will feature a wondrous selection of performers who will entertain you and then model for your sketching endeavours.  With quick fire sketching to get you started and then, as your creative juices start flowing, we’ll enter into longer sketches where you’ll really start flexing your artistic muscles (the ones you never knew you had!)

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Prizes are on offer throughout the evening not based on the best piece of ‘art’ but for the hosts and performers favourite sketches so go crazy, be imaginative and release your inner Sketchy!

Sadie will be on hand to dispense drawing tips, techniques and challenges (providing someone is able to keep her wine glass topped up).

All materials are provided but you’re more than welcome to bring your own supplies if you wish (dry materials only please).

As perfectly described by Dusty Limits, long time host of Dr Sketchy’s London and leading figure on the London cabaret scene “Dr Sketchy’s is life drawing karaoke.  There is no right or wrong – you don’t go to karaoke because you’re an amazing singer.  You go to hang out with your mates and drink booze and express yourself creatively”.

Held at The Oast House Community Centre, Rainham, Kent, ME8 OER.  

Tickets are £10 in advance (plus booking fee)  and £13 on the door.  Doors 7:00pm and show starts at 7:30pm.

And now for the boring bits: Our events are for over 18’s only due to adult content. We don’t offer refunds on tickets unless in exceptional circumstances. Photography will take place at our events and used for promotional purposes,  if you you don’t wish to be included in these photos please speak to a member of Sketchy’s crew before the show.  

The Shop Full Of Felt – Cornershop



A London based artist has began her path to re-opening an abandoned cornershop, with all the stock completely re-made out of felt and wool.

Lucy Sparrow, a textile artist originally from Bath, has already started creating the felt products after a successful Kickstarter programme raised money to create items for the project. The Cornershop, based in Bethnal Green, will be visited by both local passers-by and art audiences. Once inside the shop they will not only be able to view the products, but also handle, and even buy them.

The funding through Kickstarter has paid for materials and 1 months rent for the shop, but Lucy is seeking further sponsorship or funding to pay for the planned outreach programme.


The Cornershop pivots around 12 community workshops which will teach creative skills and be developed in collaboration with local community groups. The workshops will involve those of all ages as well as people who are socially excluded and those suffering from mental illnesses.

Speaking about the Cornershop Lucy says ”With the project I hope to help re-create the community contact that used to revolve around local cornershops, by engaging with local people. I want to help bring back the communication and friendship that used to exist around a familiar building, which is what the cornershop will become. We want to work with local people and help them gain new skills through the project, which can then be developed and passed on to others”.

To follow progress of the project and find out more visit:

By Natasha Steer


Theatre, Circus, Dance and More Planned For Fuse Festival 2014 – 13th to 15th June – Medway

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– all free of charge- 13-15 June

 Free outdoor arts festival Fuse Medway Festival is this year presenting a strong and innovative programme of circus, aerial shows and dance alongside its usual mix of street theatre, visual arts and music.  Acts include urban dance, physical theatre and aerial spectacular as well as comedy, slapstick and cabaret.  The festival’s programme includes, among others, masters of aerial theatre Wired, breaking phenomenon Southpaw Dance Company and local act Black Eagles, who learnt their acrobatic skills aged 6 on the streets of Dar-Es-Salaam.

Creatabot’s very own art vending machine CreataboX will also be there all 3 days!

Circus skills, parkour and dance combine in a new piece for 2014 by C-12 Dance Theatre.  Following the runaway success of Trolleys in 2012 and 2013, C-12 has created a captivating new high-octane piece – Market Stall – which uses movement in, around and on top of a fully-functioning stall to inspire and delight its audiences!

In a re-imagining of Goethe’s Faust Southpaw Dance Company continues to redefine the vocabulary of Breaking.  In the setting of the Speakeasy Faust is manipulated to both comic and tragic effect, into a deal with the devil where his very soul hangs in the balance.  Faust features a unique fusion of world-class breaking and Lindy Hop, Charleston and swinging big band music of the roaring 20s.

Makers of dance theatre Dante or Die and Peut-etre Theatre Company have joined forces to create a brand new outdoor ‘dance-theatre mini-gig’ – CLUNK – specially for the under-5s and inspired by the absurd children’s poetry of Russian Daniil Kharms.  The crazy stories are interpreted through Balkan music, song, imagery and movement.

Acrojou Circus Theatre blend street theatre, promenade and circus and in Frantic they draw heavily on the circus traditions of wheel and aerial acrobatics. The show examines our dogged devotion to work and is one man’s journey to change his relationship with the rest of the world.


Fuse’s Saturday night spectacular is provided this year by As the World Tipped –  combining dramatic film and visuals with breath-taking aerial performance high in the night sky. The piece is directed by Nigel Jamieson, one of the World’s leading creators of outdoor spectacle (Sydney Olympics, Liverpool Capital of Culture) and created by the pioneering team from Wired Aerial Theatre, known for their gasp-worthy cutting-edge aerial work.  Billed as a real life ‘action movie in the sky’ As the World Tipped tells a powerful tale of a world on the edge of ecological crisis


In addition Fuse’s artistic director, Megan Donnolley, has programmed a new and beautiful romantic aerial show from Circle of Twoacrobatics and energetic dance from Black Eagles, the multi-talented performers, actors, jugglers, unicyclists and comedians Garaghty  and Thom,  eccentric clown and slack-rope dancer from Chicago George Orange, the wonderful madness of Cocoloco’s cabaret and street theatre with a twist and the equally zany young Flemish Collectif Malunés with their cocktail of teeterboard, flying trapeze and Cyr wheel.

Megan says of the injection of circus and dance performance to this year’s Festival; ‘Fuse has a reputation for presenting high energy outdoor dance and circus and 2014 will be no exception. This June, Fuse will expand and present a more cutting edge and interactive dimension and public of all ages will be invited to create work with artists.’

FUSE 2014 will take place from 13 to 15 June.  It is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts Scheme and Medway Council. For more information about Fuse Medway Festival visit the website at, or join them on Facebook or Twitter. For more information about Medway visit or for Kent visit

An Evening of Silent Cinema with Stephen Horne – 7th June 2014 – Canterbury


Saturday 7th June 2014


Gulbenkian Cinema, Canterbury.


Back by popular demand!

Stephen Horne will be returning to the Gulbenkian Cinema for the second year to accompany some of the silent era’s greatest comedy shorts. The evening will display the works of silent film icons; Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and more.

This will be a magical evening of cinema you will not want to miss!

Stephen Horne has long been considered one of the leading silent film accompanists. Based at London’s BFI Southbank, but playing at all the major UK venues such as the Barbican Centre and the Imperial War Museum, he has recorded music for DVD releases, BBC TV screenings and museum installations of silent films. Although principally a pianist, he often incorporates flute, accordion and keyboards into his performances, sometimes simultaneously. Visit his website for more.


  • “It is very rare to hear a score for a silent film that you think of as definitive, but that really felt like the case… anything else will simply be redundant.” Robin Baker, Head Curator, BFI National Archive.
  • “The film itself is powerful, but with Stephen Horne’s accompaniment it achieved the sublime.” Rob Byrne, President of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.


£18 Full/ £12 Students

Tickets are available here:

Whitstable Biennale 31st May – 15th June 2014


Whitstable Biennale stages a festival every two years of new visual art film and performance. The event has grown out of Whitstable’s extensive artistic community, and has developed an international reputation for showcasing the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming artists, and engaging audiences in a rich programme.

Programme below and more details at

A coach will travel from Bethnal Green to Whitstable on Saturday 31st May, for the first day of the festival. Leaving in the morning, and returning to Bethnal Green in the evening (in time to catch tubes).

Email us at to find out more.

Book a place on the Bus, coming to Whitstable from London in the morning of Saturday 31 May 2014 for the first day of the Biennale, and going back to London the same evening. SEATS ARE LIMITED.

Pay by PayPal or credit card: £12 RETURN

Departure point:
V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9PA
at 11:00 on Saturday 31 May 2014

Walking directions from nearest tube: Bethnal Green

Head north on Cambridge Heath Rd. V&A Museum of Childhood is less than 5 minutes away, on the right.

Arrival Point in Whitstable:
Nearby the Horsebridge Art Centre
11 Horsebridge Road
Whitstable CT5 1AF
at 12:30 on Saturday 31 May 2014


Departure Point:
Nearby the Horsebridge Art Centre
11 Horsebridge Road
Whitstable CT5 1AF
at 21:30

Arriving at V&A Museum of Childhood, London at 23:00.

Email us at to find out more.



Installations and film screenings

Rosa Ainley

Building 519

Rosa Ainley is creating an audio and text work focusing on what was the sprawling Pfizer pharmaceutical complex outside Sandwich. The text includes quotes from extensive interview material, coupled with a narrative based on the impenetrable building 519 and uncovering remains of its secret garden.

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Bronwen Buckeridge

The Sorrowful and Immaculate Fall of One Hundred Grazing Sheep

Bronwen Buckeridge’s sound installation is for one person at a time, and uses layered soundscapes to transport the listener to another place – a treacherous beach with falling cliffs, powerful tides and sinking mud.

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Louisa Fairclough

Absolute Pitch – Film Sculpture

Absolute Pitch is a 16mm film installation, developed out of research with composer Richard Glover and Gloucester Cathedral choristers. The work takes as its starting point a sketchbook by the artist’s sister, and continues a notional collaboration between the artist and her deceased sister. Filmstrips from the projectors echo the lines of the sketchbook monoprint, criss-crossing the space, slicing through the semi-darkness and throwing diffuse colour and shadows around the space.

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Neil Henderson

Tidal Island

A video work by Neil Henderson shows time lapse footage of an artificial island off the Lincolnshire coastline. Constructed in the 1970s as an experimental freshwater reservoir, Outer Trial Bank is accessible only at low tide across an expanse of mud flats. Henderson set up his cameras at low tide, leaving them in position to capture a view normally only seen by seabirds, who nest in their thousands on the island.

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Una Knox

Arising where two surfaces border each other

Shot by Una Knox in Beijing, this video follows a local tailor as he makes a traditional Chinese suit out of light-reflective material, highlighting the culture of traditional, bespoke tailoring in a country associated more with mass manufacture. As the tailor labours in his workshop with improvised tools including an old cigarette box, people from outside enter the shop, providing a glimpse of the wider world around him.

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Louisa Martin

The Lighthouse: Scenes 1 and 2

Louisa Martin’s new film features a shifting character, a dancer, who at once plays the part of a socially withdrawn extrovert, and a screen for the audience’s own projections.

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Jeremy Millar


Jeremy Millar’s new film is about a place and the man who lives there, a man who may be a saint or madman, perhaps even the Last Man. Dressed in a suit and overcoat, he certainly seems out of place, but then this is a place which itself seems uncertain: a place between light and dark, between land and water.

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Katrina Palmer

Did Anyone Read the Book?

In this new audio installation by Katrina Palmer, shown in a lecture hall above Whitstable Library, we hear what sounds like members of a dysfunctional reading group trying to recall the opening paragraph of an influential piece of C20 literature. The source text, in which a character moves between a state of wakefulness and dreaming, is half-forgotten and misremembered by the group.

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Colin Priest

The Dance of the Neptune Plant

Colin Priest takes a seaweed known as Sea Fir as its inspiration, presenting it as an evanescent character bridging animal and vegetal existence, for this new film. The soundtrack is by Romantic Kent-born John Jenkins composed in 1650.

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Kieren Reed

From the Ground up, (A) Social Building

From the Ground Up, (A) Social Building is a new social artwork by Kieren Reed, creating a unique space that is, in effect, functional sculpture – acting through the Biennale as our visitor information centre, the HQ. Reed is interested in exploring participatory practice, and the possibility of creating innovative learning environments within the public realm. Within the HQ, Abigail Hunt’s limited edition for children will be available throughout the Biennale. Also, Collaborative Research Group (CRG), an alternative education programme, will be in residence at the HQ, creating a programme of talks, tours and other events.

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Margaret Salmon


Oyster is a short black and white film by Margaret Salmon, shot on 16mm and presented on video accompanied by a flip book. The film is a minimalist documentary, or cinematic poem, exploring the form and fragility of the oyster, the oyster trade, and ultimately the future ecology of its habitat, while being experienced as an avant-garde work, bringing elements of modernism and abstraction to its natural subject.

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Mark Aerial Waller

Welcome to the Association Area

Mark Aerial Waller’s film programme Welcome to the Association Area presents new and classic artists’ film and video alongside science fiction tv, video sharing and digital photography to explore the disjunctures that distance us, then connect us to contemporary art, and includes works by artists including Vito Acconci and VALIE EXPORT, alongside footage from video-sharer Wet Canuck.

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Laura Wilson

Black Top

Laura Wilson’s project, Black Top, focuses on Brett Aggregates, who have been based in Whitstable Harbour since 1936, when they sited their first tarmacadam plant there. Wilson’s work, including film and sculptures, will be sited in the Harbour, in the shadow of the factory.

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Performances and one-off events

The ARKA Group


The ARKA Group’s Beginnings is an immersive installation that tells the story of our universe from the point of view of a meteorite.

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Louisa Fairclough

Compositions for a Low Tide

As day turns to dusk, a group of Rochester Cathedral choristers will walk out with a small group of people along the line of an ancient shingle spit in Whitstable that stretches out a mile out into the sea at low tide. As the group make their way out to the distal end of the spit and back, the choristers perform a new composition, taking loss and consolation as their theme.

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Force Majeure

SUM PLACES: In the real world, we’ve been active

Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, singers will wander through Whitstable during the day staging impromptu performances in odd, out of the way public spaces in the town, each singing parts of a whole At the end of the day the singers will come together to perform the composition in its entirety on the beach, around a fire.

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S Mark Gubb

It all began with Richard Burton…

S Mark Gubb will be giving a performance lecture on a coach winding its way through east Kent, revealing a peculiarly personal relationship with the place the artist grew up in. The work, titled It all began with Richard Burton….. will feature a landscape of strange connections and events, hearsay, C-list celebrities and coincidences. It’s the kind of history that exists anywhere, but one that can only be gathered over a lifetime of being somewhere.

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Fiona James

The Incident, A Diagram for Whitstable

Fiona James works as an artist and choreographer, and this new performance will take as its starting point enacted simulations of disaster situations that beach lifeguards use as training exercises. Taking place on the beach at 1pm on the first day of the Biennale, accompanied by flares and whistles, the work will examine how attention plays out in heightened, stressful, situations where individuals have to think for themselves and, at the same time, act as a team.

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Ben Judd

Vast as the Dark of Night and as the Light of Day

Ben Judd’s Vast as the Dark of Night and as the Light of Day, is based on research into collectivity and ritual, such as the annual Blessing of the Waters ceremony held annually in Whitstable associated with St James, patron saint of oystermen. This new performance will take place at sea, on a traditional Thames Sailing Barge, with audience members and performers creating a temporary, fragile community.

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Hannah Lees

Everything That Happens Simply Happens

Wine and home-made bread will be served by Hannah Lees for Everything That Happens Simply Happens, to be consumed at a long communal table. A 1970’s rock music film will play in the background – an alternative ritual of communal gathering, excess and worship. 

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Samuel Levack & Jennifer Lewandowski

Das Hund & the Pilgrim Shells

In a large, old boatshed full of Harbour equipment and paraphernalia of fishing boats, Samuel Levack & Jennifer Lewandowski will present a new multi-disciplinary work including a performance by their band, Das Hund, video projections and an elaborate stage set.

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Rachel Reupke

Letter of Complaint

Known for her films, Letter of Complaint will be Rachel Reupke’s first live performance. Formed of three tableau vivant (living pictures), each pose will be held for ten minutes, allowing the audience time to scrutinise the scene down to its finest detail. A live narrative will feature a bitter, neurotic voice, drawing from Reupke’s research of complaint letters.

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John Walter

Turn My Oyster Up

John Walter is transforming a beach hut on the seafront into a ‘slang bar’ where he will act as host, serving gin and tonics and (local delicacy) gypsy tarts. Featuring videos, special wallpaper and flooring, and including special performances by Max Leonard Hitchings and Susannah Hewlett, Turn My Oyster Up will use the local oyster culture as a linguistic hook upon which to engage the audience in verbal and visual games addressing slang.

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Richard Wilson and Zatorski + Zatorski

51° 21’ 45″ N, 1° 01’ 13″ E: Whitstable Sounding

Beginning in the last hour of light on 21 June, the longest day of the year, 51° 21’ 45″ N, 1° 01’ 13″ E: Whitstable Sounding is a special event by Richard Wilson and Zatorski + Zatorski. Taking place offshore, and designed to be viewed from Whitstable’s beaches, a number of historic vessels will paint the seascape with steam, smoke and light, as the sounds of ships’ steam whistles, bells, horns, hooters, flares and sirens drift back to shore.

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Special events, workshops & talks

Martin John Callanan

Wars During My Lifetime

Martin John Callanan’s Wars During My Lifetime is Whitstable Biennale’s first permanent online commission. The digital work gathers together wars that have taken place all over the world during one individual’s lifetime so far. Read by a newsreader, the film makes no comment, but quietly and forcefully brings the long list to our attention. 

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Trifarious Projects

Foreign Agents: Jonathan P Watts in discussion

Talk: Jonathan P Watts chairs a discussion with Clunie Reid and John Walter, about the relationship of contemporary fine art practices to design, advertising and fashion.

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Jeremy Millar, Rachel Lichtenstein

Estuary Talk

Talk: exhibiting artist Jeremy Millar in conversation with writer Rachel Lichtenstein in conversation about their new works, both of which are set in the Thames Estuary, and about some of the characters and myths that inhabit this complex body of water, where the river meets the North Sea

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Laura Wilson

Black Top talk

Talk: exhibiting artist Laura Wilson talks about her new work, in the Harbour, in the shadow of the aggregate factory, Bretts.

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Children’s Workshops

Two workshops for children in response to Margaret Salmon’s new film Oyster run by the artist together with children’s reading expert and storyteller, Emily Guille-Marrett.

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Kent Students Open Call

Students studying film, or recently graduated, from the University of Kent, the University for the Creative Arts and Canterbury Christ Church University, were invited to enter short films by open submission. Competition was fierce, and six entries were selected to be screened at a special evening.

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ReSilience – FREE youth theatre production and workshop


Little Fish are performing a new Arts council funded show at The Kings Theatre Chatham at 7pm – 8.30pm on Tuesday 13th May. This is suitable for age 14 and above.

It is free to attend, just contact or call 07967101396

‘Resilience’ explores mental health issues effecting young people and how they can be more supported.

Company background:
Little Fish Theatre Company was established in 2008. For the last five years we have provided high quality, specialized theatre, drama and related arts projects tackling key social and regeneration issues for young people throughout South London. Little Fish seek to challenge injustice and inspire young people to develop and grow. However, we do not consider it our role merely to deliver information. We believe there are more effective methods to communicate facts and figures about particular issues and it is implicit in the company ethos that theatre is a means of engaging young people regardless their social or economic disposition. One of our objectives is to effectively use imagery, narrative and empathy to challenge and motivate young people to reflect upon their own value systems and their place within society.

The Cabaret Club – South Pacific Party! Saturday 3rd May

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The Cabaret Club is Rainham’s best kept secret.  

Tucked away within the walls of The Oast House Community Centre is where we create our decadent den of fun and frivolity called The Cabaret Club.  We provide you with the opportunity to forget your troubles and immerse yourself in a bygone era filled with all manner of entertainment.

Every show brings a hot line up of some of the best cabaret acts ready to entertain and enthral!  Expect a varied selection of spirited singers and gifted musicians, enchanting performers and surreal puppeteers, entertaining comics and exotic artistes…


Join us on Saturday 3rd May as we celebrate the onset of summer with our South Pacific themed party! Dig out that Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt and join us for cocktails, performance and Tiki themed frivolity in our usual Cabaret Club style.

The Cabaret Club South Pacific Party 3rd May 2014

Tickets available now, get them while you can!

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Standards tickets can be booked in advance £13 (plus booking fee) and we have discounted offers for group bookings

Or purchase on the door – £15 (limited availability, cash payments only)

Doors 7pm, show starts at 7.30pm.  Over 18’s only due to adult content.

Sign up to our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for updates about the event!

Scriptwriting Courses – 26th April 2014 – Chatham

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A script, as published, isn’t a play. It’s simply the words and actions in blue-print. What fires the performance of the actor, what drives the dramatic action and really grabs the attention of the audience is everything that isn’t said. The great mass of thoughts, feelings, desires, hopes and fears that truly skilled playwrights embed, iceberg-like, beneath the surface of the words. What sits between and under the lines you speak.

In this succinct and focussed workshop you’ll look at some of the key techniques for uncovering and using the sub-text. You’ll also apply, in practical scene-work, what you learn.

No formal way to book for this session – just email me saying you want a place: See you there! Paul

Film The House 2014: Vote now for Rochester and Strood’s nomination

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fthlogo Mark Reckless is calling on Rochester and Strood residents to help choose which film-maker will represent his constituency in this year’s Film The House competition.

Sponsored by industry and supported by a host of celebrity Patrons, Film The House is an innovative and fun Parliamentary initiative to raise the profile of the importance of copyright to film makers, of film itself and the creative industries in general among Parliamentarians and the Government. It is also a great way for British film-makers to gain priceless exposure and win fantastic prizes.

Founded by Mike Weatherley MP, the competition offers the opportunity for the UK’s ‘creatives’ to have their work judged by the leading lights of industry and win a wide range of prizes.

Highlighting the cultural powerhouse which is Medway, Rochester and Strood has, for the first time, two entries from local talented film-makers in this year’s competition. Unfortunately only one of them…

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Real Medway and Swale – Augmented Reality Workshops

Real Medway and Swale are running two workshops to explain more about their augmented reality game project and to start planning the first games.  They are looking for artists, storytellers, game makers, sound designers and others who would be interested in helping to plan and create content for the games.  Book a space at either the Faversham or Rochester workshops listed below:

22nd April 7pm – Creek Creative, 1 Abbey Road, Faversham – book a place

1st May – 7pm – coFWD, 161 High Street, Rochester – book a place at:

You can also keep an eye on developments at the website and on Facebook, or contact Roy via email:

Real Medway and Swale is funded by Ideas Test – Creative People and Places Swale and Medway

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Real Medway and Swale is funded by Ideas Test – Creative People and Places Swale and Medway

The Travelling Talesman pitching in Rochester

The Rochester Literature Festival will play host to the Travelling Talesman at the Good Intent, John Street, Rochester on Friday, May 9th.


The Travelling Talesman has toured the country from Penzance to York, for feasts, festivals and fun since the early nineties.

You might guess from his name that The Travelling Talesman is a storyteller who enjoys taking his stories to new places. With twenty years experience telling myths, legends and folktales, last year he was nominated for “Outstanding Male” in the British Awards For Storytelling Excellence.

Expect a fun evening of gripping yarns as The Talesman recounts stories of Norse Gods, Celtic mysteries, clever girls and Dragon Slayers, medieval mayhem, giants, goblins and Halloween horrors. Originally specialising in Northern European tales, his stories are now drawn from all over the world.

Entry is free and doors open at 7pm. However, donations to cover costs would be welcomed and can be made via the Eventbrite page here.

To find out more about the Travelling Talesman, please visit his website here.

For information on other Rochester Literature Festival events, including their 2014 festival ‘Mad Bad & Dangerous to Know’ please visit or call 07904 643770.

Family Friendly Print and Embroidery Workshop – Mad Hatters Tea Party Theme – 11th April 2014 – Chatham



Topsy-Turvy Print and Embroidery Workshop Inspired by the Mad Hatters Tea Party!

Print with an embroidery hoop and draw with the needle!

A family Flag making workshop for children from 5 years upwards

(All children must be accompanied by an adult.) £6 per child


Friday 11th April 10am-12pm or 1-3pm


Sunpier House, Medway Street, Chatham, ME4 4HF

(Please be aware there is no disabled access to the building)

To book:

Please wear old painting clothes!

Jenni Burrows ( and Rachel Moore ( will turn your thinking on its head as you experiment with printing and embroidery.


The Oast House Community Centre – Fundraising and Awareness Day – Saturday 19th April – 10AM to 6PM


Granary Close, Rainham, Kent ME8 7SG

Funded by Ideas Test (, this free day of activities is about bringing together the existing groups and volunteers that use the building and showing the local community that this amazing community space is open and available for use.  We want to put The Oast House back on the map and prove that Rainham should become a home for the arts in Medway and Swale, widening the focus beyond Chatham and Rochester.

This day will be about raising awareness of our wonderful building, fundraising for the charity plus promoting and showcasing local creative talent, performers, makers and artists.  We also hope to use this opportunity to source new volunteers to join the existing team.

As a charity we need to generate more income to remain sustainable so this day will also help us to connect with potential funders as well as new community and arts groups who may want to hire rooms within the building.  Our long term vision is that The Oast House will provide Rainham with a multi-purpose community venue unlike anything else within the Medway towns.

Our FREE day of events and activities including

Mini Flea Market run by ‘The Rochester Flea’

Kids area run by NCT Medway plus arts and craft activities for all ages

Music, Dance, Theatre and Spoken Word Performances

Board Gaming Stations and Activities run by ‘The Gamers Hub’

Bar and Café open throughout the day

Plus lots more to be confirmed!

Please like our Facebook page to get updates about the day

And to get in touch regarding performing or volunteering on the day please contact Lisa Carpendale –

Life Drawing Class – 22nd March 2014 – Canterbury


On the 22nd March 2014  there will be an all day life drawing session with a black male model at the Jolly Sailor pub in Canterbury.

Saturday March 22nd  10am to 5pm

Cost £25  (including tea or coffee and a light warm lunch; vegetarian option available)

Bring your own easels and materials
(a few stand up easels and table easels will be available on request as well as Georgian oils, acrylics and pastels if your forget something; good quality painting paper will be provided but bring your own canvasses)

Location: first floor meeting room Jolly Sailor pub, at the corner of Northgate and Broad Street; parking available nearby.

To book and for information contact

New Art Classes – Stepping Stone Studios – Wednesday Evenings – Maidstone


A new range of art classes have been organised at Stepping Stone Studios in Maidstone from 7pm-9pm on a Wednesday evening.

The aim is to give people the opportunity to try a variety of art techniques. They will be looking at Lino cuts, Still Life, Monoprints & drawing with wire over the next few months.

The organiser, Suzie Dafforn, can be contacted through email on suzie.dafforn @ and further information regarding the art classes can be found on the Facebook page, ART POOL Art Workshops
There are also details on the Stepping Stone Studios website,!-studio/c1mvt
Posted March 2014