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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please register by emailing looped@loopdancecompany.co.uk and you will receive a confirmation email.

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

Chatham Placemaking Creative Commissions Open For Application-Medway Council – Closes 24th February 2016


Chatham Placemaking Commissions

Temporary Artists’ Commissions ‘Chatham Storyline’, Chatham, Kent

Commission timescale March  – August 2016

Medway Council is looking to commission a temporary programme of three community engagement projects looking at character and place.

Medway Council has been awarded £4 million of government funding to help regenerate Chatham and make it a better place for residents, workers and visitors. The funding will mark the start of an exciting new project, which will create an easier journey for pedestrians and cyclists from Chatham railway station to the waterfront bus station and town centre.

Creative public realm has been identified in the project where an artist’s contribution is integrated into placemaking.

Public Art Consultants FrancisKnight and Lead Artist Christopher Tipping have been appointed for the Chatham Placemaking project and will be overseeing the temporary programme through an overarching project called ‘Chatham Storyline’.

Chatham Storyline commissions:

Writer in residence – £8,000 (includes fees and expenses)

Print / Graphics – £5,000 (includes fees and expenses, with a separate budget for materials)

Film maker / observer – £6,000 (includes fees and expenses)

Artists can apply individually for each commission or as a collaboration/collective for all three commissions.


The process is open to professional artists who are UK residents and who are living or working in the South East and London.  Our South East Area covers Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, East Sussex, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Medway, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Surrey and West Sussex.

Full details of the artist brief and how to apply here: http://tinyurl.com/z8p7lsa

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.

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.

Professional Writing Foundation Degree – Dartford

A two year full-time programme in Professional Writing at North West Kent College in Dartford, is devoted to empowering those with creative talent in a range of disciplines to sell their ideas, become more competitive in applying for jobs and access a range of other qualifications including degrees and higher degrees.

The course has proven popular with those seeking the most affordable route to a degree (after two years at foundation degree fee students can progress automatically into the third year of a BA Hons in Creative Writing). Former students have found work including as a best-selling author and as employees in areas like marketing, advertising, exhibition design and event management. Some have gone on to MA and Ph.D study. Anyone interested can ring the course office on 01322 629436 for an informal discussion.

Aims of programme

• To enable students to develop a portfolio of creative work sufficient to make them competitive in the careers market.
• To develop an awareness of writing and other creative areas of employment, enabling students to make informed decisions about their individual careers.
• To work closely with individual students in ways likely to promote and enhance their creative talents.
• To provide a substantial background in key academic areas (including English Literature and Film Theory) sufficient to prepare students for further development of their academic career.
• To prepare each student sufficiently well to allow a range of choices at the University of Greenwich (and other institutions if preferred) for third year BA Hons study.

Programme contents

Professional Writing focuses on developing ways of turning creative ideas into revenue. The course has generated an effective stepping-stone for students to progress onto becoming published authors or moving into creative industries such as press, advertising and script-writing.

For further information on course content please click on the following link:

Awarding body

University of Greenwich

Entry requirements

2 A2 Level or BTEC National Diploma/GNVQ Merit profile
This course recruits a high proportion of mature students (i.e. over 21 years old) for whom standard entry requirements may be waived.
If in doubt, please ring the course office (01322 629436).

Progression / Careers



£5950 per academic year

Modes of assessment

Continual assessment on most units (mainly through combination of practical work and evaluative essay), one exam and one informal test in first year, no exams in year two.

Additional information

This information may be subject to change without prior notice.

More information at http://www.nwkcollege.ac.uk/courses/our-courses/course-information.aspx?ID=T3D107P

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

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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.

Medway’s Culture Design and Tourism Awards 2015 – Vote Now – Deadline 28th August

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Medway’s Culture Design and Tourism Awards 2015.

These awards are to celebrate, and recognise the achievements of local people and organisations, who have contributed to the cultural offer in Medway (between Dec 2012 and Sept 2015). There are 14 categories – see below. New for this year is an expanded tourism category. Please feel free to nominate either yourself or others who you feel deserve to be recognised. You can either nominate online at the web address below.


The deadline for nominations is August 28th 




Fashion and Design



Visual Arts

Performing Arts


New Build (completed)

Heritage project

Open Spaces and Public Realm


Hotel of the year

B&B of the year

Visitor Attraction

Outstanding Customer Care

Flavour of the year

Please spread the word to others who may be interested and to the teams you work with. This is a great opportunity to celebrate all the exciting initiatives and projects taking place across Medway!