UCA Student Reveals Sneaky Secrets About Her Degree Exhibition

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May and June are always one of the most creative months of my year, Summer supposedly starts, Fuse festival ignites and the local creative universities, UCA Chatham and the University of Kent’s School of Music and Fine Art reveal the incredible work students have been creating during their studies through brilliant free open days.

There have been a number of pieces that stood out to me, and hopefully one by one I can speak to each of those students, but the first graduate I would like to tell you more about is Louise Collins from UCA in Chatham.

Louise’s work was on quite a hidden floor of UCA, along with other Photography students work. I love painting stars and supernovas so her work caught my eye. Her write up divulged how during her research she had discovered that her Great Grandfather has been an amateur astronomer and although having already decided to concentrate on the cosmos for her final work, this had added another depth to her display as she was able to add photos of her Great Grandfather and diary entries that she had found of his.

Quite something eh? But there is a secret to be revealed, the whole story is made up. I spoke to Louise to find out more.

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So Louise what were you studying at UCA?

I was studying a BA in Contemporary Photography.

How did you come about creating this body of work?

I am very inspired by the work of Joan Fontcuberta and I wanted to create something that played on the idea of what you believe to be real, whether you see something as fact or fiction. I had the idea to develop photographs in the darkroom to look older than they actually were, but also needed an archive to back them up – so had to fabricate a whole story with evidence. So along with the photographs I created images that looked like photographs of the stars and also diary entries.

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Who was the man in your photographs?

It was my dad! He was really excited about being involved!

How did you create the supposed cosmos photographs?

They were created using bleach and bicarbonate of soda.

What made you decide to study photography?

I had studied Art at A-Level but felt I wasn’t advanced enough to earn a living through Fine-Art, so decide to move forward with Photography instead.

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What are you plans looking forward?

I am saving up to live and work in London, I would like to work in the creative industries within design, ideally as a problem solver. I really enjoy working as a team, so know I would be happier working within an organisation.

Thank you to Louise for speaking about your work with me.

To contact her email louiselindacollins@hotmail.com

By Natasha Steer

Jonathan Livingstone Seagull Inspired Art Exhibition – UCA Pop Up Gallery – Chatham – 14th to 28th July 2012

The UCA pop up gallery in Chatham has a new exhibition between the 14th and 28th of July. The exhibition is inspired by the book “Jonathan Livingstone Seagull” by Richard Bach. The story follows the tale of how a seagull becomes tired of his seagull friends who continuously squabble over food and decides to instead concentrate on his flying skills. As a result he is outcast by the other seagulls and becomes a loner. He soon finds though that his brave, rebellious move has made his life more worthwhile and embarks on a whole new journey in his life.

 The artists exhibiting work inspired by the novel include Adam Piper, Sarah Wright, Kyveli Anastassiadi, Christine Hall, Alan Monk, Carolyn Birchall, Clair Archer, David Bradley, Eleanor Macfarlane, Layla Moore, and Richard Curtis. Natasha Steer is also exhibiting her unique interactive piece entitled “To Be Carried Out”. The canvas contains over 30 positive quotes from various historical figures including Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and Henry Ford. The quotes are written onto cards signed by Natasha which can be taken away to keep, but if so must be replaced by another positive thought.

The UCA pop up gallery is in the upper level of the Pentagon shopping centre, Chatham.

Area: South East

Fashionable Structures Exhibition – 27th June to 9th July 2012 – UCA Pop Up Gallery – Chatham – Kent

Emerging from the recent UCA Final Shows, Fashionable Structures exhibition is a fusion of selected Architecture and Fashion work, which have been brought together to highlight where they coincide, as mediums and ideas.

Fashionable Structures includes work ranging from garments to digital design, drawings, models, video and photography.

The exhibition will take part in the Medway Open Studios on the 7th and 8th of July.

Launch: 27th June  4pm -7pm

Opening Times

Monday:
10:00
17:00
Tuesday:
Closed
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Wednesday:
10:00
17:00
Thursday:
Closed
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Friday:
Closed
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Saturday:
10:00
17:00
Sunday:
Closed
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The gallery is located on the upper level of the Pentagon Shopping Centre.

Area: South East

Short Films of Mr Young – Screening – 26th May 2012 at 4pm – Chatham

To celebrate the release of the new compilation DVD ‘Caged Fire – The Short Films of Mr Young’ – the UCA Pop-Up Gallery, Chatham, UK, present an evening devoted to Mr Young’s short films.

Mr Young has seen 6 of his films broadcast on UK TV and screened at over 30 festivals and screenings over the world.

The event and DVD release draws a line under past achievements for Mr Young who is currently developing two new feature films.

Is this the end for Mr Young’s short film adventures?  Probably not.  Two new short films have already been written and there is a couple of new music videos in the pipeline with up-coming Medway bands.

The DVD release will contain a new version of his very first film, plus a rare chance to see the first ever video by Brighton indie band The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster.

Mr Young will present each film and there will an opportunity for a Q&A with the acclaimed filmmaker and copies of Mr Young’s first feature film DVD East 3, his CD collaboration with 7th Adventure Recordings and the new Caged Fire DVD will be available to buy.

Location – UCA pop up gallery – upper level of Pentagon Shopping Centre – Chatham

Time – 4PM on 26th May

Area – South East

Evolution Of Consciousness – Exhibition – 1st April to 31st May 2012 – Chatham

 

The UCA gallery in Chatham is holding a collaborative exhibition that explores how if we want to survive as a species on this planet we desperately need to develop our consciousness.

Artists featured include Allegra Ally, Augustinas Neslenas, Carolyn Birchall,  Curt Wilhelm Ostlund, Dane Horsley, Helen Butler, Joseph Webb, Luka Lukasik, Michal Janowski, Michael Turley, Natasha Steer, Philip Kane, Simon Pruciak, Vesko Nickolov and Winifred Baker.

The exhibition also features a short film by Mr Young called “The Moon The Eye”

Here is a sneak peak of the exhibition!

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The UCA pop up gallery is on the upper level of the Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham.

Area – South East

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