Riverside One Studios (Now Closed) – Rehearsal Recording and Gig Space – Chatham



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Room Hire:

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

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


Full day – 8 hours £200

Half day – 4 hours £120

Recording – £30 per hour

Ep package – 2 full days of recording £380

Live Music Event Hire: From £15ph

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




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

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

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

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



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

New singing groups set-up to help improve mental health and wellbeing in West Kent and Medway

cccu-logo-2colourFour newly established singing groups across west Kent and Medway are looking for members who enjoy singing and want to improve their health and mental wellbeing.

The groups have been organised by the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University, in conjunction with Kent County Council’s Wellbeing campaign. They are free to attend and open to all. Participants will sing and enjoy well-known songs with the help of skilled group leaders, with the aim to provide opportunities for social interaction, reduce stress and increase self-confidence, fun and enjoyment. Professor Stephen Clift, Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre, explained: “Our research has shown that regular group singing can be beneficial for overall general wellbeing, as well having a positive impact upon specific health and mental conditions.The singing groups we have set-up in West Kent and Medway replicate a set of groups that were set-up in East Kent in 2011 to assess the impact the activity had upon mental wellbeing. We found that participants reaped the benefits of social interaction and peer support offered through the groups, which helped to clinically improve their mental health conditions. Some of the benefits experienced by the participants included, an increase in self-worth and self-confidence, a reduction in stress, an improvement in memory and concentration and a sense of inclusion.The singing groups in East Kent were successful in helping to improve the mental health wellbeing of the participants and proved to be a cost-effective health strategy. We hope to see the same positive benefits for the members of West Kent and Medway singing groups.” The groups run weekly across four venues in West Kent and Medway:

  • Chatham – Thursday, 11.00am-12.30pm, All Saints Community Centre, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, ME4 5NE
  • Dartford – Wednesday,1.00-2.30pm, Meadowside Day Centre, Meadowside, Dartford, DA1 2RZ
  • Maidstone – Tuesday, 4.30-6.00pm, Maidstone Community Support Centre, 39-48 Marsham Street, Maidstone, ME14 1HH
  • Sevenoaks – Friday, 12.00-1.30pm, Vine Baptist Church, Park Lane, Sevenoaks, TN13 3UP

For more details please contact Sharon Manship on 01634 894472 or email: sharon.manship@canterbury.ac.uk.

Kent Art Groups and Societies

Photo By Natasha Steer – Attribution CC BY

Sheppey Art Society

Sheppey Art society is a friendly group of artists which meets on the last Thursday of every month, at Friendship House Hall in Minster at 7pm till 9pm.

We are always looking for new members with any ability at drawing or painting in any medium of your choice. Hope to see you there.

FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/371867792897426/

Rochester and West Kent Art Society

The Rochester and West Kent Art Society (RWKAS) is a local group for artists of all abilities. Established in 1927, two of the society’s founding members were Graham Sutherland and Lady Darnley of Cobham.

RWKAS exists to encourage the appreciation of Art in its different styles and mediums and to reinforce the artistic skills of its members.


Gravesend Arts

Gravesend Arts Consortium brings art to the community, see art being created and join in at our monthly shows.



Crowdfunding Chrysanthemums


By Jane Ayres

Last year, I attempted my biggest challenge – launching my first ever crowdfunding campaign for a music and dance event in Kent. I’ve been excited by the idea of crowdfunding for a long time – ever since I attended a workshop by the fantastic Crista Cloutier. If your project is hard to categorise, or getting funding through the usual channels isn’t working, than crowdfunding is a way to approach your audience directly.

Like many enthusiastic fundraisers, I was seduced by success stories of other individuals and arts groups, and keen to try it myself. I can honestly say it is way harder than I imagined!

I went to a Fundraisers Bootcamp last month and it was perhaps reassuring in an odd way to learn that not everyone reaches their target and that it really is as tough as I am finding it. It’s been a steep learning curve – luckily I love learning! It took months to construct the crowdfunding page to get it right, and then we promptly ignored advice about how to do the video trailer. Instead, after several takes of unsuccessful talking heads, we opted to let the music – and dance – do the talking for us. Whether or not that worked is for you to decide.

I spent ages trying to create some unique, personalised and, frankly, lovely rewards for supporters – ranging from signed first pages of the new scores, to tickets for the concerts, to a chance to meet all the cast after the shows. All supporters will get credits in the special souvenir programme.

The bit of the process I find most difficult (and this is going to sound a bit strange) is asking people to give money. I quickly realised that I really don’t like doing this! The lovely folk at the Fundraising Bootcamp pointed out that people can only say No, and would I mind if I was asked to support a crowdfunding arts project? Of course not. But has that made it any easier? Not really. Why is it so tough to ask for help? I don’t know the answer to that.

But I do know I am passionate about the project I am fundraising for, and that all the rules of fundraising equally apply to crowdfunding. It isn’t a magic solution to raising money. However, it is a brilliant tool for communicating a fab project to a lot of people – with the hope that it will connect enough for people to want to share it with others.

So what are we doing it for? In a nutshell, the The Mirabai Project is a labour of love – a not for profit collective, with ambitious plans to stage innovative events that combine music, dance, design, film and new technology.

Chrysanthemums is our first event – an intriguing semi-staged concert with string quartet, harp, sax and 3 female voices – and special guests Elena Velasco-Peña and Luis Rodriguez, dazzling Argentine Tango dancers. This is our first collaboration with the young Canterbury based Leon String Quartet. Established in 2010, they are dynamic and versatile, with a wide repertoire and commitment to new music and innovative collaborations. Joining them are award winning musicians that include harpist Ruby Aspinall, sopranos Elizabeth Fulleylove and Gabriela Di Laccio, and Kent saxophonist Richard Melkonian.

The first show includes two world premieres. Award-winning composer Barry Seaman’s haunting Torch Songs is written for harpist Ruby Aspinall, and is inspired by songs about love, loss and friendship. Singer/songwriter Mariam Al-Roubi will be performing All Things – songs inspired by her forthcoming album, arranged for string quartet and harp.

There will also be sensual and romantic music from composers that include Monteverdi, Puccini, Caplet, Philip Glass, and new arrangements of tangos by Piazzolla and Gardel.

Chrysanthemums will initially be performed as follows:

Friday 17th April 2015, 8pm at the Trinity Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Tuesday 21 April 2015, 7.30pm at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury, Kent

If you want to be instrumental (pun intended) in both the creation and performance of beautiful music and know that your contribution and vision made it happen, please check our link.


The crowdfunding campaign ends on 2nd February 2015 – so we now have less than a month to achieve our target of £2590 (eek!). To date we have 5 backers and have raised £425 towards commissioning new work, and I am so grateful to everyone who has supported us this far.

Any contribution would be welcomed. (See, I kind of asked!) But whether or not you can donate, I’d be truly grateful if you could share the link via social media and help to spread the word – and we sincerely hope you will come to the concerts!  Thank you!

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 Photo from Mirabai, Barry Seaman

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 @ gmail.com and further information regarding the art classes can be found on the Facebook page, ART POOL Art Workshops https://www.facebook.com/pages/ART-POOL-Art-Workshops/1412878402286087
There are also details on the Stepping Stone Studios website, http://emmawhittall.wix.com/thestudio#!-studio/c1mvt
Posted March 2014

Studios in Margate

Various Studios and Project Spaces In Margate

Revolutionary Arts

Revolutionary Arts relocated to Margate in 2013, after a lifetime in Worthing, interested in a place full of spaces for artists. There’s a rich mix of studios and project spaces, each with their own clique of artists. So here’s a short guide to Margate’s art studios:

ResortPie Factory are based in the regenerated Old Town, where they have five artists studios on the first floor, with a beautiful, slightly-industrial gallery space at street level.  Every studio has access to a roof terrace that can be used for working, social events or simply relaxing.

Resort Studios are based in the old Pettmans Furniture Depositary, just off Northdown Road. They advertise full time studios & desk spaces, an open plan workshop area, a print studio, photography space, and a hang out area. There’s an open-plan area bookable for events and a gallery space in a former shop below.

Skylight Studios have eight spaces…

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Transmit:Project – Are you the next big thing?


Are you a musician/filmmaker/artist/photographer/organisation etc who would like more people to know about your work and what you do?

Perhaps you always wanted to know what musicians/filmmakers/artists/photographers etc live and work and create in Medway?

Would you like to transmit your art?  Would you like to project your talent?

Transmit:Project is a brand new project all about getting known.  Its all about providing a platform for upcoming and established artist and performers.  It’s all about having one place where people can go to find out more about the huge amount of talent that currently thrives in Medway.

This is going to be the place for local talent to be seen and heard.  This is going to be the place where audience inside and outside Medway will come to see what talent is around.  A while ago I wrote about some of the Medway scene with the popular Medway Visions articles.  I hope these will morph into transmit:project files as well as adding new ones all the time.

But it needs you.  Without talents to write about/broadcast then this project won’t get very far.  Make yourself heard.  Contact us.

Here’s how it works:

You send me a bio and some details about your work.

You send me a link to your work/send a cd etc.

With these things I can write about you.

You also send me a video file of you performing or a music video (musicians), interview/sequence of pictures of art (artists), sequence of photos (photographers) a short film (filmmaker).

With this I can post a clip of you/your work.  (If you can’t get a video file to me then contact me anyway and we can sort something out)

This will then be shown from the transmit:project broadcast channel:


In time this project might spread out, but, for now, it’s all about Medway.  And what better place to start.  Transmitting art.  Projecting talent.

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