UCA photography students takeover Medway

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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.


Creative Challenge Residential Nov 2014 gallery

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Crysalis’ achievements

A strong fabric built over three years’ intense collaboration

The three-year Crysalis project is almost complete, and we are celebrating its many successes and its legacy. Industrial partners and entrepreneurs, students, designers, researchers and artists have been working across borders and have set up a new, strong network all about textiles.

We’ve created lots of opportunities; for knowledge transfer, which allowed textile professionals, as well as enthusiastic amateurs, to be inspired with new ideas and the necessary courage to leave the beaten paths. For creativity as a priority, too: experimental and creative session resulted time and time again in beautiful, smart or innovative textile products, which will perhaps appear commercially in the near future.

There were several exhibitions where the public was given a glimpse of a new future for textiles. In the UK, France and Belgium, we exceeded our visitor number expectations, attracting 63,183 visitors, illustrated in our interaction per activities reach map image (below left)

Interaction per activity

Interaction per activity

Besides the added value of Crysalis activities for the individual participants, there were opportunities created to continue the new collaborations and projects. Meetings between enthusiastic and expert people produced synergies that will, we believe, have promising results.

The collaborative weave we have been working on together is strong, but it isn’t finished yet. We want to explore the possibility of continuing to strengthen local textile techniques, for instance, by teaching skills and stimulating knowledge-sharing between European partners. Find out more about the interactions fostered by Crysalis in these three years of work in our interaction per region reach map at the foot of this page.

Of course, textile innovation is necessary to move forward, so we want to continue offering creative people like artists and designers opportunities to develop new applications. One way we are thinking of doing this is through making working areas more accessible via our edge services. More information at www.ucaedge.com


More information: Susiane at ssampaio@ucreative.ac.uk






Crysalis activity by region

Crysalis activity by region

UCA and ESADHaR create together

A Sense of Place Dover team

Another successful collaboration – between UCA and ESADHaR in Le Havre – was celebrated with A Sense of Place, an exhibition of artwork by students of both universities.

A Sense of Place was the showpiece of months of research by the students, who, over the last year, examined the social, cultural, historical and architectural aspects of these two World Heritage sites and created their graphic responses, ranging from book art and posters to wallpaper designs. A Sense of Place has been exhibited as part of art and place festivals across the south east and France, including the Folkestone Fringe 2014 and East Kent Cultural Conversations June 2014 with Dover Arts.

Hugh Harwood, Course Leader – Communication Media Cluster, School of Communication Design, says

 Over the past two years, UCA Canterbury has developed a partnership with ESADaR art school in Le Havre. Students and Staff from both institutions have created graphic responses to each of these contrasting environments;  both UNESCO world heritage sites but so different – the high modernism of Le Havre and the medieval foundations of Canterbury.

We are also developing a partnership with ESADaR art school in Le Havre. Through this partnership we are developing close links with staff and students, as well collaborative projects, culminating in a range of publications and exhibitions. The first of these was exhibited alongside a symposium on the theme ‘sense of place’ at UCA Canterbury and Dover Arts Development gallery in Dover in June and this was then developed into an exhibition that showed at the Brewery Tap in Folkestone as part of the Triennial fringe and then moved to UCA Canterbury gallery in Sept/Oct 2014. Further material and publications will be developed across the next year to be part of the Saison Graphique festival in Le Havre 2015.

Louisa’s new opportunity

Louisa at work

Alumna Louisa Love is a successful artist, who has developed a wide practice that encompasses sculpture, writing, research and archiving and collaborative activity. Through the ICR programme, Louisa is undertaking a graduate residency at UCA Canterbury based on the Limber: Spatial Painting Practices exhibition and research project which was showcased at the Herbert Read Gallery and Grandes Galleries de l’ESADHaR, Rouen, in 2013.

As part of the residency, Louisa has been invited to be a guest artist at the graduate show at ESADHaR in Le Havre, and will be visiting the art school this month to install her work alongside the students.

Louisa says,

This is a great opportunity not only to begin exhibiting my work internationally, but also to test out and develop ideas and ways of working with other people. The work I’ll be exhibiting will take quite a different approach to the previous shows I’ve done and will mark this really interesting point in my practice. The residency I am doing is generating some really exciting conversations, collaborations and opportunities, which I hope will continue to develop these close relationships between UCA and ESADHaR and their respective regions.



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

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The 2014 Sculpture Question Symposium is taking place on 1 & 2 Nov 2014 at The Quarter House, Folkestone as part of the series of public events taking place for the Folkestone Triennial ‘Look Out’.  The symposium is being organised in collaboration with The Sculpture Question Research Group and Folkestone Triennial. We are finalising our list of extraordinary speakers.

The Sculpture Question is a research project formed in 2011 at the University for the Creative Arts. The project brings together artists, curators and academics to investigate the challenges that contemporary sculpture presents to art education, asking what it means to think about and teach sculpture in Higher Education today.

The Symposium is funded by ICR.

For more information, email Amie at arai2@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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Cheriton Lights February 2014 gallery – with thanks to Strange Cargo