Featured Creative: Sara Ana Mejias Pinilla – SAM Art

Medway has a new artist in town and her beautiful paintings of pets will warm your heart! Recently having moved to Rochester, Sara loves painting animals and has an amazing way of making them present personality. I wanted to get to know more about Sara, so I asked some questions about her and her beautiful work!

How long have you been painting for?

I’ve been painting for almost 9 years, I was studying my third year at university when I started to paint dog portraits to raise money for a dog’s shelter.

Why do you love painting pets?

Because I love pets! I think when you are working, it’s really important to love what you are doing. I try to capture the essence of the pet and the magical expression in their eyes.

All the pets are really extraordinary, they give you everything, they make you laugh, help you with sad moments of your life…

I think they deserve to be remembered and with a portrait, you can freeze time and it gives you a memory for a lifetime.

Commissions for artworks of pets are notoriously hard and many artists turn them down, how do you manage customer expectations?

Well, when a person decides to work as a painter, he usually chooses a theme to specialise. Some of them work with landscapes, some of them with portraits of people and I chose animals. My customers always understand my style of painting. I usually show them some of the work I have created already so they can have a real expectations about the pet’s portrait I’m going to do.

What do you love most about Rochester?

Rochester has something special, I love getting lost in its streets and listening to the sound of the wind and nature.

I love its parks and gardens, they have beautiful flowers and they are very quiet so you can relax and enjoy.

I love walking near the Medway River and watching the sunset

Do you think you will stay or are there other places you want to travel to?

I don’t really know, I love living here but I would like to travel to other places to see more of this beautiful country. Time will tell what adventure I am going to live!

What would be your dream project?

My dream project would be to be a freelancer and be able to work painting murals and teaching painting in a studio or academy. I was a painting and art teacher in Seville so I miss teaching.

Whose work and music do you love?

I currently follow many great artists. Some of them are:

Javid Tabatabaei, an Iranian-Canadian water-colourist who paints magical landscapes.

Casey Baugh is an extraordinary painter from New York who makes charcoal portraits out of the ordinary and paintings of the city at night with women as the main character of the scene.

Ruben Belloso is a Spanish wonderful  pastel painter, born in Seville. He paint beautiful and emotional portraits.

About music, I listen to different musical genres. I like to paint with soundtracks, jazz, post rock, grunge, puck, indie, alternative rock …

Antilopez, Polyphia, Mogwai are great music bands and Jeff Buckley, Billie Holiday or El Kanka are great musicians!

Thank you for speaking to Creatabot Sara!

You can see more of Sara’s work on her Facebook page.

Much Laughter Comedy Nights – Medway

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Much Laughter specialises in Charity Comedy Nights, running monthly gigs to raise money for local charities and non-profit organisations.

With new talent cropping up all the time, they also run preview and work-in-progress shows. Much Laughter are on hand to arrange Charity Comedy Nights in Medway and surrounding areas to suit all budgets. 

In the future, they are planning to open a stand-up workshop to help vulnerable children and young adults grow in confidence. 

To find a list of the dates for the regular comedy nights visit: www.muchlaughter.co.uk/gigs

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“Life from a Different Angle: When I Met James Dunn” Premiere – 14th May 2018 – Odeon Chatham

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In Loving Memory of James Dunn.

Medway based photographer Tommy Reynolds is happy to announce that the James Dunn documentary ‘Life From A Different Angle’ premiere has been organised for Monday 14th May at 7pm at the Odeon Cinema in Chatham and ENTRY IS FREE when you register your tickets.

This short film will now serve as a legacy to James who sadly passed away this month and help raise money for the charity DEBRA who are the national charity who support sufferers who have epidermolysis bullosa. All donations made to get your ticket will directly them. Please donate as big or as little as you want and help fund pioneering research and find a cure for EB.

The film has been created by Medway based professional photographer Tommy Reynolds alongside cinematographer Michael Mowbray. Speaking about the film Tommy said “I’ve never been more proud of this film I’ve made alongside my friend Michael Mowbray and I really hope you can come along to be the first to watch this on the big screen and help support DEBRA. I’ve invited friends, family, local press and people from the charity to come along to help raise awareness for DEBRA and I hope you can come along too to this one time only event”.

Please arrive with enough time to grab some snacks and head into the cinema to promptly start at 7pm.

Book tickets here

Paint The Town Festival – 14th to 18th March 2018 – Medway

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Ugly Chief – 16th March 7:30pm,  Brook Theatre, Chatham

Paint The Town Festival is back for Season 4, running from 14 -18 March 2018. The theatre and arts festival produced by Lyrici Arts in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre’s Collaborative Touring Network, will once again focus on touring brilliant new works, championing local creatives and offering a bit of kindness to the people of Medway. See the full listing of events at www.lyriciarts.com

Highlights this season include the 5* sell-out, dark comedy, Ugly Chief by award winning performer Victoria Melody and her real-life dad, celebrity antiques expert Mike Melody (of ‘Dickenson’s Real Deal’ fame). The show explores when Mike was wrongly diagnosed with a terminal illness and how Victoria went about planning for the funeral he would have wanted. With video diaries and open declarations, the show is a snapshot into the relationship between a father and daughter who don’t always see eye-to-eye. 

Paint The Town Festival is always looking for performances that challenge issues and support worthwhile campaigns, and programming Byron Vincent and Dave McGill’s Live Before You Die is no exception. Looking candidly at two friends who are more used to calling each other names than talking about depression, this brilliant touring show highlights men’s mental health and the necessity of breaking down the stigma around the subject.

The festival has loads for the little ones too! Sponge is the squishiest, squashiest show for babies and toddlers taking place during the week at Medway Adult Education. After working with the organisation and using it as the venue for their sell-out babies show Neverland, the festival producers were excited to bring another mesmerising children’s show to Rochester. 

We cannot wait for Season 4! Being able to not only programme brilliant touring shows and place them in local venues like Medway Adult Education and The Brook Theatre, but also to work with talented local creatives and create a platform for their work to be showcased is what makes every festival so very exciting. We have gone another step and made all the festival tickets £5.00 or less, so there really is nothing stopping everyone from engaging with the arts and joining in.”

Other events taking place during Paint The Town include; Festival of Festivals, a glamorous showcase by Chatham based dance school Dance Alley, Beached a uniquely exclusive puppet show for only eight people at a time by StrangeFace Theatre Company, a children’s theatre workshop based on retaining the royal crown by Bindlestick Theatre Company and Shakespeare inspired crafts with Creative Champion of the Year winner Natasha Steer of Creatabot. 

During the festival keep a look out in hidden spaces for eight beautifully hand-crafted flower bouquets by Clara A. Free to whoever finds them first, the bouquets are a gift from the festival team to the residents of Medway as a thank you for their support so far. 

Paint the Town Festival: Season 4 runs from 14 – 18 March and tickets are on sale now. Event information, show trailers and ticket links can be found at www.lyriciarts.com

Show Schedule (please check website for full event listings):

Title: Ugly Chief by Victoria Melody

Venue: The Brook Theatre, Chatham, ME4 4SE

Dates: Friday 16th March 2018 – 7.30pm

Title: Sponge by Big Imaginations and Turned on its Head

Venue: Medway Adult Education, Rochester Community Hub, ME1 1EW

Dates: Thursday 15th March – Saturday 17th March 2018 (multiple times)

Title: Festival of Festivals – A Dance Celebration by Dance Alley

Venue: The Brook Theatre, Chatham, ME4 4SE

Dates: Wednesday 14th March 2018 – 7pm

Title: Live Before You Die – by Byron Vincent and Dave McGinn

Venue: Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LX

Dates: Saturday 17th March – 5.30pm

Trailers, Information and Ticket Links on www.lyriciarts.com

All theatre tickets only £5.00 each this season!

 

 

Valuing Arts and Culture In Medway and Kent – 22nd February 2018 – Gillingham

Valuing arts and culture in Medway and Kent-daytime workshops

Supported and funded by Medway Council’s Arts Development Team in partnership with Look Kloser Performing Arts Company. 

A day of creative workshops by some of Medway and Kent’s best practice arts led projects for health and wellbeing with and for the community.
22nd February 10am-4.15pm 

Suitable for students 16+, graduates, artists, and those interested in the role of the arts for the health and wellbeing of the community. An opportunity to experience current arts led projects available in Medway and Kent. 

When: 22nd February 2018, 10am-4.15pm

Where: Woodland Arts Centre, Woodlands Road, Gillingham, ME7 2DU

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10-11- Natasha, Creatabot. Community focussed visual artist.

11.15-12.15 – Lance, Physical Folk. Using all art for all abilities, ages, cultures to share stories and skills.

2-3- Chris and Wendy, MESS ROOM. The MESS ROOM hosts artist led projects in partnership with local communities and beyond.

Ash dance studio 

11.15-12.15- Laura, Look Kloser. A workshop exploring how to make performing arts inclusive and open to all.

12.45-1.45- Georgia, Loop dance Company. Contemporary dance workshop.

2-3- Luci, Edna. Edna explore innovative and inclusive dance, music and movement activities for older people in the community.

3.15-4.15- Rebecca, Active Armchairs. Dance for older people in residential and daycare centres.

To book onto any of the workshop and for any queries please contact Laura King, lookkloser@gmail.com, 07809641214. 

Upcoming FREE music concerts from the School of Music and Fine Art in Medway

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Talented SMFA students will be performing a range of concerts on the University of Kent (Medway) campus in the Galvanising Shop Performance Space at the Historic Dockyard Chatham over the coming months.  All concerts are FREE and everyone is welcome.

Ensemble Concerts take place on Tuesdays – 13th February and 3rd April at 3pm.

Undergraduate lunchtime concerts run from 11am-2pm on Wednesdays: 21st and 28th March.

You can book via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom–chatham/music–events/

We also have our Popular Music student gig on Thursday 5th April, 8pm – late at the Cargo Bar, Liberty Quays.  No booking needed, free and all welcome!

 

IMAGE credit Stacey Cooper

School of Music and Fine Art – Little Big Band Lunchtime Gig on 15th December

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The School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent, Medway is delighted to present the Little Big Band Lunchtime Gig on Friday 15th December 12noon -1.30pm at the Deep End on the Medway Universities campus at Chatham Maritime.

Music will include a funk set, from 1970’s Stevie Wonder to Bruno Mars, and well-known, popular jazz standards.

FREE – book via Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/smfa-little-big-band-lunchtime-gig-tickets-40031665790

 

image credit Stacey Cooper