Medway’s Creative Spaces

Medway is lucky enough to have multiple arts spaces that each have something unique to offer. If you would like to book a days tour (for a small donation to the Creatabot project) please contact Natasha on natasha@creatabot.co.uk

Nucleus Arts

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Nucleus Arts is the Award Winning flagship arts organisation founded by the Halpern Charitable Foundation. The Foundation was the brainchild of the late Hilary Halpern and it was his dream to promote the Arts in Medway and Kent. Nucleus Arts has become the cultural and creative heart of Kent & Medway over the past 12 years and focuses on affordability, accessibility and excellence in the Arts. They run multiple workshops, events and training programmes.

The main centre is at 272 High Street, Chatham, where the gallery, conference room and main artists studios are based. The artists open studios are held here every 1st Saturday of the month for all to attend for free.

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Nucleus Arts also have creative studio space in Military Road, Chatham, Rochester High Street (which also includes retail space) and Lower Stone Street, Maidstone. All spaces have a lovely cafe managed by Cafe Nucleus.

Nucleus Arts are working in collaboration with multiple local charities on their Arts Inclusive programme to make sure the arts can be accessible to all.

Sun Pier House

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This Community Interest Company was formed in 2012 to support and promote the best of Medway’s talent, providing a base for established and start-up businesses in the creative sector.

Within the building, there is a large exhibition gallery, tea room, events space, hire rooms, artist studios, open plan creative office space with hot desk facilities, all enjoying a glorious panoramic view of the River Medway.

Sun Pier House CIC actively promotes the businesses working within Medway’s creative community, encouraging them to grow and develop to their full potential. Sun Pier House is right next to Sun Pier, Medway Street, Chatham.

POP Creative Space

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POP is an abandoned shop turned into a Creative space in the heart of Chatham, Medway. The shop has been funded by EU and Recreate and hosts various free events and exhibitions throughout the year. POP is at 64 – 66 High Street, Chatham.

Unravel and Unwind

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Unravel and Unwind are working to develop a “country cottage” style craft drop in centre for crafters of all abilities, ages, background and culture where they can come and craft while they socialise-practice-teach-learn.

Their aim is to create a friendly open environment,”a crafting home from home” ) where local crafters & families can practice, learn, teach and sell their crafts. A place where skills can be shared and new ideas encouraging community engagement, increasing social well-being, removing isolation and possibly mentoring transitions into employment. They are based at Intra Arts, 337-341 High Street, Rochester.

Intra Arts

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INTRA is a Medway based arts venue, hosting creative events, classes, activities and studios, and offering one of the best collections in Kent of specialist arts equipment accessible to the general public – especially specialist printing equipment.

The not for profit company Intra Arts Ltd. was formed in 2014 when they took on the former Spemco building in Rochester High Street. This Art Deco fronted, Victorian building is much loved in the historic area of ‘Chatham Intra’. Their aim is to provide an arts programme, creative opportunities and education in a space that welcomes people of all ages, abilities and circumstances. They are based at 337-341 High Street, Rochester.

Crying For a Dream – Video Installation – 28th June 2014 – Sun Pier House – Chatham

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Crying for a Dream – Kent based video and performance artist Nikolai Deaves brings vision quests to the 21st Century. 

Artist and filmmaker Nikolai Deaves will be exhibiting an interactive installation from The Lost Rites collective on Saturday 28th June from 6:30-10:00pm at Sun Pier House, Chatham.

Kent based artist and filmmaker Nikolai Deaves, a 2011 graduate from the University for the Creative Arts, will be exhibiting his cinematic style of performance art at Sun Pier House on the 28th of June. The artist who calls his second home Taiwan, has also worked across the hostile borders of Jordan performing his latest series The Lost Rites. His filmic and narrative performance work investigates themes of grief, identity and culture; looking at the absence of particular rituals in western cultures, the artist investigates their significance in being human.

Crying for a Dream, the fourth work in his series, follows a journey beginning at the coastline of Folkestone where the artist was left blindfolded. Over a gruelling 30 hours, Nikolai Deaves walked back to Rochester with a map and compass in hand. The performance piece, which was designed by social media, took responses through twitter and the artist’s website to design a vision quest and a pilgrimage for a 21st coming of age rite of passage. With the artist foraging for food, walking barefoot and submerging into the icy seas of the English Chanel, this interactive performance work reflects on societies disconnect to growing older.

Nikolai said, “This work really came from reconnecting with friends over social media, as we all struggled to grasp the next steps in our lives. Many of us attempt to mark the next rite of passage in our life by showing pictures of children, houses and cars. Success in adulthood was measured by money, coming of age seemed to no longer be ritualised explicitly by the community.”

He continues, “Aging in our culture is now seen as a negative, we hide our wrinkles and deny our wisdom. Direction in life is obscured by the myth of adulthood, no longer is this openly taught, made time for and acknowledged. Instead humanity forge on as grown children crying for a dream, lusting for a vision to show them their purpose.”

Documentation of the performance, which lasted over 30 hours, will be screened at Sun Pier House on the 28th of June. Doors will be opening at 6:30 with an opportunity to to view ‘Challenge 25’, a live and interactive performance piece by London based guest artist Andrea Morris. Sun Pier House’s Tea Room will also be open for a chance to grab a drink before the screening of Crying for a Dream at 7:30. Later on in the evening there will be a Q&A with both of the exhibiting artists.

‘Crying for a Dream’ takes place on Saturday 28th June from 6.30-10.00pm at Sun Pier House in Chatham, which can be found at Medway St, Chatham, Kent ME4 4HF

For more information please visit www.nikolaideaves.com or check out Nikolai Deaves’ Twitter feed.

 

 

 

Rats Bay Shindig – Saturday 5th to Sunday 6th April 2014 – Chatham

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A new family friendly extravaganza is taking place on the first weekend of the Easter Holidays. On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th April the area surrounding Sun Pier in Chatham will come alive with a large celebration of arts and culture.

Between 11am and 5pm each day the weekend is host to variety of special art events and festivities. In the past 2 years the Medway art scene has seen a massive boom of activity and there is certainly a lot to celebrate in the west end of Chatham.

Overlooking the pier, Sun Pier House is opening the doors to the new Sun Pier Gallery and Tearoom for the first time. Launching with a large exhibition of work by the 15 resident artists; ‘Presenting, Sun Pier House’ incorporates a variety of art, craft and fashion. With panoramic river views the 2nd floor Gallery and Tearoom is set to become a scenic retreat in the busy town centre.

The weekend witnesses the launch of the first charter boat trips in a generation from the newly refurbished Sun Pier, with the Sailing Barge Edith May and Jetstream Tours providing unique River experiences for all ages.

The weekend will also mark the inaugural Sun Pier Arts Market, a new outdoor market that is set to take place regularly throughout the year. Stallholders will be offering a variety of work to buy, food to sample, activities to try and classic carnival games for all the family.

The Rats Bay Shindig has been instigated by the managers of new creative venue Sun Pier House, with the intention to bring some much needed life back to the west end of Chatham High Street. Over the course of the two days there is a full spectrum of entertainment on offer. Including; art workshops, live music performances, river trips, dance classes, exhibitions, history tours, evening functions and a Sunday night cult film screening.

A weekend not to be missed!

Call For Traders For New Outdoor Market In Chatham! – Sun Wharf Market – Sunday 24th March

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Pitches are available to take part in the first Sun Wharf Market, a new quarterly outdoor market in Chatham.

The market is new for 2013 and pitches are available for a variety of makers. The first Sun Wharf Market will be held on Sunday 24 March in the Sun Wharf car park, Medway Street in Chatham.

 Market organiser and local resident Heather Burgess, 27, hopes to create a complimenting combination of stalls including art, craft, local produce, jewellery, fashion, antiques, vintage and collectibles. Limited pitches are available now for £15 each, trading hours will be 10am – 4pm. To avoid disappointment early applications are recommended, closing date for all applications is Monday 4 March 2013. All enquiries should contact Heather by emailing heather.sunpierhouse@gmail.com

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