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Degree Show 2018 (19th - 26th May)


An exhibition of 27 exciting emerging artists in Kent.


The University of Kent’s School of Music and Fine Art presents We Are Here: 51°23'44.3"N 0°31'42.5"E…the Fine Art Degree Show 2018, in the extraordinary environment of The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, featuring the work of 27 graduating BA and MA Fine Art students.

Opening with a Private View on Saturday May 19th, 1pm - 6pm, with, at 3pm, guest speaker, Liz Moran, the University of Kent’s Director of Arts & Culture, the exhibition is open to all and is free to attend.

To get your ticket for the special opening Private View, please go to

The shows are open to the public: Sunday 20th - Saturday 26th May: 10am - 5pm (Closed: Tuesday 22nd May).  Click  to get your special Visitor Pass for the Degree Show and access to the Historic Dockyard, Chatham.

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 autobiographical explorations of racial identity, a new company specialising in post-pandemic survival spaces, an interactive unspooling of VHS memories, a visualisation of the experience of Parkinson’s disease, a carpet as invasive species suffocates creativity, the wreckage of a rogue communications satellite continues to operate via fractured light, and a child’s reading of space through play creating a new architectural narrative are just some of the themes and media brought together by our artists.

We Are Here: 51°23'44.3"N 0°31'42.5"E…dynamically expands the degree show site to include artists’ projects taking place within a community in Chingford, an audio visual performance as part of Hoxton’s Fuse Festival, and a historical re-enactment of a fiction in Dymchurch. We are here and we are everywhere!


Additional free events in the Dockyard:

The Fine Art Degree Show is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue designed by students on the Curating MA, from the University of Kent’s School of Arts.


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).

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The University of Kent decided to close the School of Music and Fine Art. It will no longer exist after July 2019.  We Are Here: 51°23'44.3"N 0°31'42.5"E… is, therefore, its penultimate Fine Art degree show!


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Last Updated: 09/04/2018