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Nucleus Arts

Nucleus Arts is the Award Winning flagship arts organisation founded by the Halpern Charitable Foundation. 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.



Nucleus Arts is a charitable Arts Organisation with a difference; concentrating on affordability, accessibility, approachability and excellence in the arts. It houses more than 50 resident artists across 3 of its 4 sites; around 100 artists exhibiting across its 2 retail shops; about 30 exhibitions per year in its main gallery; education; conferencing; arts facilities; creative enterprise space and more.

Nucleus Arts hosts an eclectic array of artists, and has an exciting and diverse programme of events including not just visual arts but music, film, poetry and more. It uses innovative ideas at all times creating a unique and refreshing oasis for creative and non-creatives alike. With its inventive and progressive ideas and insistence on collaboration, Nucleus Arts is an inspiration.

Rewards 2017-18

Nucleus Arts are offering 2 work experience placements covering Arts Management, which will include event planning, promotion, retail, marketing and curating. As well as this, Nucleus Arts are offering several work shadowing placements: one focused on community outreach, one focusing on the management of the Centre, and one covering retail and operations.

Not only this, but Nucleus Arts will be running a company experience which will include a workshop on creative careers, a tour of the centre and a Q&A with resident artists. This experience will provide a fantastic insight into the industry. See here for information on the 2016-17 session and here for the 2016-17 session.

Nucleus Arts are also providing a Highest Points Prize: £150 Amazon voucher to the ‘Highest Scoring Student Studying a Creative Degree’!

Dalia Halpern-Matthews, Nucleus Arts Chief Executive at EP Rewards Evening 2017


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'Overall, it was extremely beneficial to undertake work experience with Nucleus Arts. Not did it provide a wealth of knowledge and useful experience which I can now apply for a variety of future roles, but it was a constant stimulus for creativity.'

~ Neelam Saredia, School of English.

'Spending a day at Nucleus Arts was far more than inspiring: it was incredibly informative, a fascinating insight into how arts organisations work and a really good day out exploring the Medway campus and Chatham. We listened, discussed and made pictures with a photographer in the dark room who prompted the question: what is an 'artist'? I will never forget the passion Nucleus Arts holds at its core, it's made me realise art for change is what I want to work on. It's given me a focus I wouldn't have had otherwise.'

~ Daniella Golden, School of English.


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Neelam Saredia, School of English student

'Overall, it was extremely beneficial to undertake work experience with Nucleus Arts. Not did it provide a wealth of knowledge and useful experience which I can now apply for a variety of future roles, but it was a constant stimulus for creativity. It is hard not to be inspired by all the art around you! In turn, this has made a positive impact on my Masters in Creative Writing as I am now incorporating photography in my poetry project.

During this time I worked as administrator and events management and support. The tasks were always varied and never dull. It stretched from organising the office in terms of paperwork and phone calls, to both organising and performing poetry in the arts festival. I also attended exhibitions, met the studio artists, undertook risk assessments and fire safety checks, and supervised an office move. I even managed to talk to Channel 4 about securing a partnership between Nucleus and James Rhodes' organisation 'Don't Stop the Music'.

I was privy to the workings of a business (and charity) under the care of nurturing staff. However I was also trusted with several large and complex tasks which challenged my initiative. Yet on completing those tasks, I was left with a sense of accomplishment and confidence. 

I am also very happy to say that my performance during this work experience has lead to a generous, Nucleus-funded internship where I hold the title of administrator and management support. 

Skills learnt: improved verbal and written communication,  initiative, improved understanding of the finance of a business (i.e. with bookings, budget for festivals and debt chasing for studio rent), creativity, time management, professionalism and negotiation.'

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Nucleus Arts provided a variety of work placements focused on retail, arts management, outreach and operations, in addition to the 'Nucleus Arts Experience Day'. Nucleus Arts also awarded £150 Amazon voucher to the highest scoring creative student.


Nucleus Arts offered 2 work experience placements covering Arts Management and several work shadowing placements, on community outreach, management of the Centre, and retail and operations. Not only this, but Nucleus Arts ran a company experience including a workshop on creative careers, a tour of the centre and a Q&A with resident artists.


Nucleus Arts provided five work experience placements in Arts Management, work shadowing opportunities covering outreach, business operations and management and a skills development session on careers in the creative industry.


Nucleus Arts offered a project placement for a student to create promotional film clips and a project placement involving promotional photography. Nucleus Arts also provided a student a chance to participate in an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) project placement, as well as two work experience placements in arts management, event planning, promotion and marketing.

A work shadowing opportunity in arts management was available and fifteen students had the chance to take part in a workshop based on careers in the arts industry. Eight students were given the opportunity to attend an employability session and twenty students the chance to partake in an exclusive tour.


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Last Updated: 09/10/2017