Canterbury Anifest 2014 – Monday 27th October to Sunday 2nd November 2014

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Japanese Animation Festival coming to Canterbury…

Anifest is back and bigger than ever! This year it will be hosting a week of Japanese Animation, to include everything from Manga to Cosplay to Anime. From Monday 27th October to Sunday 2nd November 2014, Canterbury Anifest will be at Gulbenkian with an exciting series of talks, workshops, live performances, an exhibition, and films all inspired by Japan’s iconic style of animation.

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This exciting program has something for everyone; from “How to Draw Manga” workshops for a younger audience, to talks with industry stars such as Andy Frain. The festival will also host an exclusive week-long Studio Ghibli-inspired exhibition called 8-bit Ghibli, created by conceptual artist Richard Evans, alongside a captivating season of films including Akira, Patema Inverted, Perfect Blue, Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

Irina Richards Chibi Workshop

In partnership with Gulbenkian, Anifest aims to bring the unique and fascinating style of Japanese animation to both existing fanatics and newcomers alike for the first time. Whether your interest is practical, academic, or simply entertainment, Anifest is happy to provide you with the same kind of quality events that have come to be expected of the festival, as well as some new experiences, including Canterbury Anifest’s first live performance.

For information please visit www.canterburyanifest.com or call 01227 769075.

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Real Medway and Swale

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‘Real Medway & Swale’ is a new project funded by Creative People and Places (Medway and Swale) that aims to create an augmented reality adventure game, encouraging players to explore the area using mobile phone and tablet devices to find clues; interact with characters and solve puzzles, whilst moving around the real world. Imagine Monkey Island on your doorstep.

The game will be developed in collaboration with local artists, writers and volunteers who wish to experiment with augmented reality and digitally exhibit their work in unusual spaces.

Over the next few months there will be a series of workshops to explain the project in more detail, plan and find out who would be interested in getting involved.

Contact:
realmedwayandswale@gmail.com
if you are interested in finding out more or would like to be invited to a workshop.

Transmit:Project – Are you the next big thing?

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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:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8NHTvq6pzCSPZVfrOzDmzg

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.

The Moon The Eye

transmitproject@themoontheeye.com

www.themoontheeye.com/transmitproject

www.facebook.com/Transmit.Project

Felt Making Classes at Sun Pier House – February to March 2014 – Chatham

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Workshops led by Jenni Burrows; a practising textile artist and qualified Art teacher. The aim of the workshops is to introduce you to the art of felt making, and to equip you with the basic skills that will allow you to branch out and be adventurous evolving your own style. There are a range of courses for adults and children, with all materials are provided. (You will need to bring your own lunch for the all day courses, but tea, coffee and juice will be available).

Perfect for beginners! All materials provided!

8th February and 1st March: 10-4pm: Taster Day for Adultsexperiment with a range of felt making techniques. Cost £35 per person (max: 10 places)

18th February: 10-12pm: Family Workshops for children Ages 3-6 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Max of two children per adult. (10 places maximum)

Cost: £10 per child

18th February: 1-3pm:Family Workshops for children Ages-7-10 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Max of two children per adult.

(10 places maximum). Cost: £10 per child

20th February: 10-4pm:Young People’s Workshop Ages 11-16 years.

(10 places maximum)

Cost: £25 per person

Adult Evening Workshops

A six week course beginning on Tuesday 25th February: 7-9pm experimenting with a range of techniques and materials to create a wearable piece of art.

Cost: £90 for six week course every Tuesday evening.

Location

The workshops will be held at Sun Pier House.

Full address is: Sun Wharf, Medway Street, Chatham, ME4 4HF

(We’re next to Staples and BBC Radio Kent) 

Free parking is available on site for the Tuesday evening class attendants. Alternatively, there is a pay and display car park within 1 minute walk; we are 8 minutes’ walking distance from Rochester train station; 5 minute’s walking distance from Chatham train station and 2 minute’s walking distance from Chatham bus station.

The workshops will take place in a studio environment on the first floor of Sun Pier House.

Please be aware, the building is over 25 years old and while Sun Pier House CIC are in the early stages of transforming the 1980’s offices into a creative centre, there is currently no lift access. The workshops will take place on the first floor, accessed via a set of external stairs. If you have any questions or concerns about the access please contact the venue in advance of booking.

To book a place on one of the courses please email: jenniburrows@yahoo.co.uk or phone 07505899623.

www.jenniburrowscontemporarytextiles.co.uk

My Favourite Things Cocktail Night – 28th February 2014 – 7.30pm – Chatham

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It has been a while but the event “My Favourite Things” is back and better than ever. Being held in the Nucleus Cafe in Chatham, the evening promises to bring inspiration, stories and creativity.

A selection of cocktails will be available for the reduced price of £5 and teas/coffees/soft drinks are also available. Booking only costs £1 and you can book by buying a ticket below.

Favourite things is a “take your turn” discussion about what inspires you and why. This could be an album, film, instrument, a particular type of creative skill, a piece of art…anything! If you can bring examples with you we will have a laptop to show videos from You Tube.

No need to dress up – this is a relaxed event, just come and chill and chat!

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My Favourite Things Cocktail Night – 28th February 2014 – 7.30pm

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The Value Triangle and measuring the value of culture by Jane Ayres

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Earlier in the month I attended a conference about using the arts to regenerate East Kent coastal towns, a topic dear to my heart, after spending 4 years as Marketing and Outreach Co-ordinator for University Centre Folkestone (which, sadly, is no more).  Listening to the speakers made me realise that I was still angry and upset about the loss of UCF (and I did make my feelings public, and then had a bit of a rant in the ladies loos afterwards!).  However, I learned a lot from the conference, and one of the speakers, when discussing the way that the arts and culture are measured and valued, referred to a concept called The Value Triangle, which I had not heard of before.

The phrase, it appears, originates from John Holden, an associate at the independent think tank Demos and a visiting professor at City University, London, who has been involved in numerous major projects with the cultural sector ranging across heritage, libraries, music, museums, the performing arts and the moving image.  We were shown a You Tube clip taken from the PARTicipate Conference in Belfast, which questioned and explored how the value of culture and arts impacts on the regeneration of Belfast. John Holden describes models of cultural value, and the value triangle of intrinsic, instrumental and institutional value. He then went on to discuss social return on investment and measuring change.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2QPHapOlSI

Having previously written a post for Creatabot on valuing art https://creatabot.co.uk/2013/05/12/twenty-dollars-worth-of-art-please-by-jane-ayres/ I found this quite fascinating.

The topic is one I will doubtless continue to explore.  The relationship between artists, and how they value themselves and are valued by others, is an important issue, especially when arts council budgets continue to be cut and so many are struggling to survive.

I had my first short story published in a UK magazine at the age of 14. I got £10 and will never forget how it felt to have earned what seemed a lot of dosh for something I had enjoyed producing.  This was 1974 and normally I would have needed to work for 9 hours washing up and waiting on tables in my cousin’s café to earn that much (My Saturday job). No wonder the life of a writer seemed a glamorous option!  Oh, how naïve I was….

Other links:

http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/culture/participate.asp

To find out more about Jane’s writing and publishing experiences, go to her blog www.janeayres.blogspot.co.uk

Her recent e-book, Beware of the Horse, is available from Amazon.

Learn More about Medway’s Secret Island During Medway Visions Film Festival – 12th September

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A film documenting the experiences of an artist living on Darnet Island for 6 weeks last summer is being screened at Gillingham library on the 12th of September as part of the Medway Visions film festival.

Otherness; Forty Five Days on the Isle of Beauty, shows the life David Wise lived during 6 weeks camping on Darnet Island in the Medway Estuary. David lived partly off the food he found there and recorded life with a variety of means including a pinhole camera made from driftwood.

The film is a great way to see parts of Medway that most of us have never seen, and learn more about the nature around us that often goes un-noticed.

The free screening will take place on the 12th of September at 7.30pm and will be followed by a questions and answers session with David Wise. At the screening David will also be launching his complimenting book which will be on sale at £15 which includes a £5 discount.

People can book by calling the library on 01634 337799 or email chatham.library@medway.gov.uk with the reference “45 Days Of Beauty”.

A poem dedicated to the memory of Hilary Halpern

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I moved to Medway some time ago

This place inspires me, as you well know

I wanted to help with the amazing creativity

To help it be seen by more, to prevent exclusivity.

 

But fortunately I had somewhere to start

Someone had already helped Medway’s art

This man was someone who needed a studio himself

But was happy to share space with someone else.

 

So he looked for a place that would be just right

And in Chatham High Street he found just the site

There was room for lots of artists, not just him

And this is where Nucleus arts was to begin.

 

He saw in Medway there was a need

So in making studios for artists he took the lead

Him and his daughter made lots of studios and gallery space

At last creatives in Medway could find their place.

 

All that happened in 2002

And the arts centre just grew and grew

And now as the arts scene here continues to boom

Nucleus arts continues to bloom.

 

Over 400 artists have been there to create

The effect on Medway has been great

I know I will never forget what Hilary done

So Medway creatives, let us make sure the work he started, carries on.

By Natasha Steer

 

Dedicated to the memory of Hilary Halpern – founder of Nucleus Arts Centre.

It was Hilary’s wishes that donations should be made to Nucleus Arts  – click here for more details.

Make a Website In A Night – 8th July 2013 – Rochester

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Order tickets via Eventbrite:
http://websiteinanight-efbevent.eventbrite.co.uk/

In one evening Natasha Steer will help you create a simple website and show you the basics of how to maintain it.

There are just a few things you will need –

A laptop

Images for the website

Your bio details for the “About” page

Your email address details

Details of the domain name you own – OR if you do not yet own a domain name (ie www.yournamehere.co.uk) then please purchase beforehand or bring a debit card/Paypal details on the night so that we can go through this process step by step. 1&1 internet are really good – you shouldn’t have to pay more that £10.

Any questions just email natasha@creatabot.co.uk

Location – 161 High Street, Rochester (coFWD)

Time – 7pm to 10pm

Please note: Our venue is a very old bank building that is being slowly shaped by a community of individuals for long-term Community Interest. Sadly the startup project is in its infancy and being run on limited funds so the building currently has some accessibility issues. If you have specific access or disability requirements and would like to participate in an event or activity please let us know at least 5 days before the event date so that we can do our utmost to resolve any potential problems to accommodate.