Partnerships and projects
Below is a list of other project and partnership initiatives at the School of Music and Fine Art:
ROOM – a mobile work space development
ROOM is a mobile art space designed by architect Simon Barker and currently on long-term loan to the School of Arts. The converted shipping container, which is fitted with power, light and heating, functions as a studio, gallery and public engagement space. This is a multiple-partnered project involving Island Projects, The University of Kent and the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. The space is currently featuring a series of exciting student led projects for 2015/16. www.roomnorthkent.wordpress.com.
Turner Contemporary: Platform
The Platform project is part of the School's partnership with the Turner Contemporary Galley, which sees students work with curators and other gallery staff throughout their final year. This process informs the final selection of Degree Show work, which is exhibited in the Platform exhibition in Turner Contemporary’s main gallery. For the selected students, the exhibition serves to launch their careers through public exhibition and professional mentorship.
Whitstable Biennale Artist Walks
Artist Walks is an innovative collaborative project organised by the School of Music and Fine Art in the University of Kent in partnership with Whitstable Biennale and supported by Kent County Council, taking place between Chatham and Faversham. The 4 walks aim to test the proposition that a walking journey with an artist could be as valuable as hearing them address a lecture theatre, and that sharing a range of sights and sounds could reveal something that slides and video clips do not. The artists leading the walks are Goshka Macuga (18 September 2015), Ruth Ewan, Swale & Sheppey (27 February 2016), Mike Nelson, Isle of Grain, (21 March 2016) and Janice Kerbel (18 April 2016). Information about the artists and the politics, history and imaginative potential of the landscape being walked through will be disseminated before/after in a document in order to keep the walk itself as ‘present’ as possible. Walkers will be invited to mix and mingle during the walks, with an emphasis on informal conversation. Midway through the walks, students will present a set of questions to the artists which later will be collated, with the artists’ responses, in the Whitstable Biennale’s online journal.
Each route will culminate at a point along the Medway estuary or river Swale, forming a string of reference points between which the connections between the walks can be contemplated. For more details go to: www.whitstablebiennale.com
Internationally acclaimed artist and musician Billy Childish officially opened the University of Kent's new £5m development at Chatham's Historic Dockyard.
The Chatham-born artist unveiled a plaque in the new School of Music and Fine Arts facilities at the Dockyard, which form part of the University's Medway campus. The teaching and practice development features flexible workspaces for painting, sculpture, printmaking, film, photography, music and performance projects. It also offers bookable project spaces, an Audio -Visual suite, a dark room and a digital editing suite. Billy Childish opens new £5m arts teaching and practice development.