Creative Challenge in Brazil

Brasil Yawanawá explains work at the original Yawanawá settlement of Escondido.

Brasil Yawanawá explains work at the original Yawanawá settlement of Escondido.

In December 2014 Uwe Derksen,  head of the Enterprise Team at UCA,  visited the Amazon in Brazil, invited by the Yawanawa tribe, whose member Nixiwaka (also known as Joel) works for Survival International, the movement for tribal peoples and has been involved in the Creative Challenge for the last couple of years.

The aim of the visit was to seek information and answers to a range of questions, which could  be shared with UCA students. There was also the possibility of developing the project further, depending on the outcome.

The Yawanawá tribe people are one of many indigenous people of Brazil. They, that are a few hundred of Yawanawá people, live in small villages or settlements along the narrow Gregorio river. In order to reach the various Yawanawá villages it is necessary to travel from Tarauacá by truck on the BR-364 for 1.5 hours to the river Gregorio where at the Ponte Sobre there is an access point to the river with a number of small commercial outlets. From there using a small narrow light-weight aluminum canoe boat with an air-cooled long-tail outboard motor it takes about 4-5 hours to reach the first Yawanawá village and another 4-5 hours to reach the last settlement, which is about 80 km away. The Gregorio river is relatively narrow, depending on water levels and extremely windy whilst littered with tree branches and stumps. The river has become more hazardous due to a major recent flooding (November 2014), bringing down riverside trees as well as destroying some houses and equipment of indigenous and non-indigenous people living alongside the river. The flood apparently was the worst ever and illegal tree logging is being blamed as one of the causes.

Uwe said,

I experienced the people them as welcoming, warm and friendly, hard working and giving, humorous and helpful, trusting. My deep respect and thanks go to all those people (Yawanawá and others) who opened their doors to me as a stranger in their home. It was privileged to be among them, albeit briefly.

Flooding at Yawanawa tribe

Floodwater-ravaged banks at Yawanawa tribal territory

Uwe has written some blog entries about his experiences at  http://mistakesandcontradictions.blogspot.co.uk.

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UCA photography students takeover Medway

from the UCA newsdesk…..

Kate Morrison exhibits at Medway Photo Festival

Kate Morrison exhibits at Medway Photo Festival

Budding photographers from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) exhibited at three sites across Chatham as part of the annual Medway Photo Festival. Students from BA (Hons) Photography and MA Photography at UCA Rochester had the opportunity to showcase their work at the Festival, which is now in it’s 7th year.

The festival, which took place between January 14 – 18, gave students from BA (Hons) Photography and MA Photography at UCA Rochester the opportunity to showcase their latest works.

Now in its seventh year, the festival featured five shows – Enigma, Envision, Ipseity, Within the Shadow, and Work in Progress – spread across Chatham’s Pop Creative Space, Sun Pier House, and Nucleus Arts Gallery.

Pop Creative Space on Chatham High Street hosted Enigma and Within the Shadow, which looked at the subjects of social documentary, and existence respectively.

Amongst the exhibitors at Pop were Luna Limbu, who portraits ex-Gurka soldiers, and Hannah Vigors, whose work “The Horse” examines the anatomical movement of horses.

Sun Pier House on Medway Street, Chatham,  exhibited the undergraduate show Ipseity and the postgraduate show MA: Work in Progress. Exploring the concept of identity, Ipseity featured the work of six photographers including Kate Morrison, whose series Our Normal looks at people who have modified their bodies with tattoos and piercings.

The final show, Envision, took place at the Nucleus Arts Gallery on Chatham High Street and looked at various mental states within society. Exhibitors included Catherine Stuart, whose work “The Lure of the Lighted Window” took a disorientating look at shopping addiction and consumption, and Charlotte Rose Edwards, whose series “My Mind is a Horror Story ” explored how mental illness is glamourised by the fashion industry and teen culture.

The Medway Photo Festival is supported by the Recreate project, which helps the development of the creative industries in specific regions of the UK and France.  Recreate was selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

UCA Rochester has a strong history of graduating talented photographers, with recent alumni Adam King’s latest work Chip off the Old Block currently featured on the influence Photomonitor.co.uk.

For further information about the festival, please visit medwayphoto.co.uk.

The Dove of Peace at Cruise Terminal 1, Dover

Anthony Heywood’s sculpture, The  Dove of Peace, was unveiled at an event at Cruise Terminal 1, Dover on 22 December.  The Viscount De L’Isle MBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, and Viscountess De L’Isle attended as guests of honour.

The installation of the sculpture, a full size spitfire made from a special type of paper developed at the former Buckland Paper Mill in Dover, is part of the Port of Dover’s commitment to commemorating both World War I and II.  The Cruise Terminal 1 building, which played a significant role as a staging post during both world wars for troops leaving to fight and returning home, is the location for the sculpture as well as future commemorative events through to 2018.

Anthony Heywood and Uwe Derksen worked on this idea for the last couple of years and, with the support of Dover Arts Development and part-funded bythe UCA’s research budget and the EU Interreg Channel programme, got the backing of Dover Harbour Board.

Reflecting on the occasion, Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said:

This wonderful event is a seminal moment for the Port, its commitment to its community and for the future use of such an historic building. This is the culmination of much work with a great many partners and is the launch pad for a new era for this place. Seeing so many members of our community come and be part of our shared story is simply wonderful.

UCA’s Anthony Heywood  said that the Dove of Peace “symbolises heroism, individualism and belief; it symbolises self-preservation, fear and the shattering of young lives.”  It can also be seen as a symbol of future conflicts yet to pass and of precious and fragile peace.  Reflecting both war and peace, the event played homage to the 1914 Christmas truce that took place in the trenches, and included

The Dove of Peace installed

The Dove of Peace installed

readings and carols.

More on the story at the Port of Dover website.

Lens student exchange – results!

Design development of the school building in Lens

Lens Student Exchange

Students on the Interior Architecture and Design course have completed their work on plans to transform old school buildings in Lens, France, into an enterprise centre. During a seven-month exchange scheme, part of the Recreate project, the students worked with furniture design students from the University d’Artois to present their proposals for the space.

Course Leader Peter Waters said:

A cross border project like this not only enables our students to experience a live brief, but it also encourages them to step away from their, perhaps, overly familiar surroundings to experience a similar but sufficiently different culture. They also have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the role that an interior designer can play in the regeneration process.

 

For more information please contact Amie at arai2@ucreative.ac.uk

A contemporary reading room

Inspired by Margate’s Georgian reading rooms and as part of an overall debate on the role of interior architecture on urban renewal, students on the Interior Architecture and Design (BA) Hons course worked with lecturers to design a modular reading room for the modern day.

Traditionally, reading rooms were a cross between a library, a museum of curiosities, and a place for games and gossip so students built into the reading room their own modules, places for reading, writing, playing games and chatting.

Initially installed at the old Pettman’s Depository, Resort Studios, Margate in November 2013 to host a week-long series of events and talks. During the summer of 2014, the Reading Room continued its legacy travelling to the Folkestone Triennial where it was housed at the Visitor Centre acting as a place for public forums as well as an information point for festival visitors. For more images go here.

Facing Extinction

Facing Extinction

Gustav Metzger, artist and political activist known as the proponent of the Auto-Destructive Art and Art Strike movements, is exhibiting Facing Extinction, a reworking of his seminal work Mass Media at the Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury from 17 Oct to 15 Nov.

The work centres on thousands of newspapers, sourced by staff and students of UCA and partner institutions, stacked in a mass in the gallery space; visitors will be invited to interact with the work, responding to the theme of extinction by choosing articles and pinning them to the walls.

The exhibition is supported by the Interregional Culture-led Regeneration (ICR) programme and is curated by Andrea Gregson.

More information: Rafau at RSieraczek@ucreative.ac.uk

 

ICR was selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVA France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF

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