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Degree Show 2017 (20th - 27th May)


An exhibition of 38 exciting emerging artists in Kent.

The University of Kent’s School of Music and Fine Art presents Reverberate, the Fine Art Degree Show 2017, in the extraordinary environment of The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, featuring the work of 38 graduating BA and MA Fine Art students.

Opening with a special preview on Saturday May 20th, 1pm-6pm, with guest speaker, Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller, and special performances.

The exhibition is free to attend and open to the public:
Sunday 21st - Monday 22nd May (10am - 5pm)

Wednesday 24th May - Saturday 27th May (10am - 5pm)

Booking is via Eventbrite:


Continuing a tradition of showcasing bold, exploratory exhibitions curated by the University of Kent’s Fine Art students, framed by the stunning backdrop of one of the country’s most iconic locations, the Historic Dockyard Chatham, our visitors will encounter a broad range of artistic styles and media, an explosion of imagination and a celebration of art’s potential for society.

This exhibition offers the public a fascinating insight into contemporary art’s most recent practices and processes, such as an animatronic head discussing the purpose of humanity, metabolic waste forming a cavern, an ice archive documenting a community’s closure, an artist’s family responding to their real eviction by ‘squatting’ an exhibition space to make a form of 'home', and an intense ritualistic performance inspired by fried chicken takeaways. Paper screens, repurposed clothing, meringues, mycelium, digital architecture, language, translations and musical composition, dance, poetry, outsized toys, gender, power, post-humanity and the post-colonial are just some of the themes  and media brought together by our artists.

One of the aims of our Degree Show is to encourage audiences to explore the potential of Medway as a dynamic hub for art, with the School of Music and Fine Art as a major conduit for these activities, positively impacting on the community and offering imaginative suggestions and visionary strategies for cultural regeneration.

The Fine Art Degree Show exhibition catalogue features a discussion by some of our alumni. On 20th May Resonance FM will be dedicating a radio programme to our exhibition, with audio experiments and student interviews.

Degree show visitors will have the opportunity to attend a variety of creative, enjoyable workshops and activities ranging from treasure hunts to cocktail-making workshops with the artists. Group education days will offer attendees guided tours of the show, talks from the artists and the chance to produce their own artworks in response to the exhibited work.

Any groups, schools, or colleges interested in attending should email Charlene Barnachea to make an advance booking.


The Degree Show Address:
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TY
Entry for the private view is via The Galvanising Shop (next to the Dockyard’s visitors’ car park on the East Road, and for the rest of the exhibition, via The Historic Dockyard Chatham Visitor Entrance).


Contact Details:
For further press information and images of the works on display please contact School Reception: or telephone 01634 888 980.

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About our guest speaker, Jeremy Deller
Jeremy Deller is an English conceptual, video and installation artist. Much of Deller's work is collaborative and political. He won the Turner Prize in 2004, and in 2010 was awarded the Albert Medal of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA). Deller is known for his Battle of Orgreave (2001), a reenactment of the actual Battle of Orgreave which occurred during the UK miners' strike in 1984, and for 2016's We’re Here Because We’re Here. From 2007 to 2011, Deller served as a Trustee of the Tate Gallery.



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Last Updated: 20/04/2017