Celebrate Medway’s Creativity On 23rd June 2012

Medway is the centre of a flourishing creative community and on June 23rd the Nucleus arts centre in Chatham welcomes everyone to join them in the celebration of their 10th anniversary. The day of celebrations will run from 11am to 11pm throughout the town centre and will include a mixture of exhibitions, open artist studios, street performers and live music.

The Nucleus arts centre in Chatham, which resides next to the Trafalgar centre on the high street, opened its doors to a variety of artists in June 2002. Since then over 400 creatives have used the valuable work space to produce their work as well as exhibit to the local community.

10 years ago local sculptor Hilary Halpern found there was a limited amount of creative working space available in the Medway area. After speaking to local artists it was established that there was a great demand for such a place and this evidence was taken to Medway council and the arts council. These authorities gave the go ahead and Hilary found 272a/b in Chatham High Street which was the perfect building for the concept. Previously used for a number of businesses including a health food restaurant, bakery and even a builders yard, Hilary and his daughter developed the building into artist studios and exhibition space. A month after opening the Nucleus cafe was opened at the same site which added a social and community dimension to the studios.

Since then Nucleus has extended its studios in Chatham and also runs a shop in Rochester and Maidstone. In the future Nucleus want to hold more workshops and educational projects which can support more people within the community. They are also planning to involve themselves more in media such as You Tube and hope to soon have an online store for their artists.

See you on the 23rd of June for the anniversary celebrations!

About The Day

On the stage at the art centre there will be local bands playing for you for free until 8pm. They have a fantastic Stones tribute band, a Jazz band, Acoustic and Folk bands and alternative rock to keep you entertained throughout the day. They also have comedian Nigel Adams and book readings from Wolf Howard and Jim Hill at the Centre. There will be arts and craft stalls along their driveway and portraiture/cartoon drawings as well as face painting and Henna/glitter tattoos for the children.

The Rochester Coffee Company will have food and drink to keep you refreshed including an outside bar and a scrumptious BBQ!! 😎

Along the High Street at various times there will be performances by Circus Street Performers Jugglez and Street Theatre too.

In the Central Theatre between 1pm-4pm they will have the Kent County Choirs and Musicians, Walk Tall Theatre Group, Force 10 and dance groups Dance Alley and Medina Belly Dancers. All of these acts will be performing for you and the whole of this event is FREE.

Finally, upstairs in the Pentagon there will be theatre and dance acts from the Central Theatre performing for you between 1.30-4.30pm.

Here is a slideshow of how the Nucleus art centre has developed over the last 10years.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Area – South East

Potential New Community and Creative Centre – Chatham

A community group in Chatham have been looking for a new hub for their events and groups, and they have found just the place! The Magpie Tavern in Magpie Hall Road has remained abandoned for some time and the group is looking for extra funding through Natwest community force to get the place up and running. The pub has the potential of being a local hub for creative groups and events in the area so it is worth while that local creatives vote for the new centre at http://communityforce.natwest.com/project/440

UCA Gallery Workshops – Chatham

The UCA gallery in Chatham – Kent, runs various short creative workshops and talks for the local community.

The best way to keep up to date with these events is to keep an eye on their Facebook page.

For more information please pop into the gallery (Unit 64 Pentagon Centre) or email uca.popupgallery@gmail.com

Area – South East

False Realties – Exhibition by Christina Lai at UCA Gallery – Chatham – August to December 2011

Discover the curious world of False Realities, Christina Lai’s ceramics and mixed media art at UCA gallery near scenic historic Rochester, Kent. Having recently exhibited at New Designers in London, Christina’s work will featured in the newly opened gallery, along with artists of diverse mediums (painting, printing, sculpture, digital art, photography, fashion and textiles) from campuses of University for the Creative Arts.  Continue reading

Tuttle 101 – Monday 28th February 12.30-2.30pm -Rochester

Tuttle 101 will be at 12:30 – 2:30pm Monday 28th February inside the former Westminster Bank at 161 High Street Rochester (Kent, ME1 1EH).

Inspired by years of conversation and months of collaboration, a team of 101 advocates are now inspired towards an exciting coworking space opportunity. This month you’re invited to participate in a vision, fueled by coffee and inspiration, you are welcomed to explore a rather special 161 High Street space in central Rochester.

Please do come along, we really want to hear what you think! What should we create for you?

Tuttle will run for a fixed period between 12:30-2:30pm because of other activities happening in the venue on the day, but please do check the limited availability for an opportunity to extend your exploration into the later afternoon and evening.

Natasha Steer will be present to represent Creatabot.

Mini-Residency on a Lightship Available

Applications are invited from artists to participate in a mini-residency on LV21, a lightship moored off Gillingham Pier in Kent.

Taking place over three days in March and April, artists will collaborate in responding to the space, generating new work and conversations about practising in public. On the third day, the public will be invited to come on board and see the work made, and join in the conversation. Continue reading