Áine Belton at work on 'Drawing Time: A time for tea' at an EKCC networking event. Image by Sebastian Kaye.
East Kent’s creative ecology meets up again with EKCC’s third networking event, EKCC III, to be held at to be held at UCA Canterbury and Dover on 13th of June 2014. The event will begin in Canterbury and travel, along with the delegates, to Dover, where it will continue with a visual communication show and networking at Dover Arts Development’s new gallery and studio space. The this meet-up will give staff, students and creative practitioners in East Kent another chance to discuss, design and collaborate. Previous delegates have found opportunities to extend and advance their practice through learning what other creatives do.
Graphic designer and alumna of UCA Áine Belton remembers her first networking event. She says:
EKCC gave me a platform for discussion around a crucial point of the research I was undertaking in my creative practice and provided me as a student with an invaluable audience of peers, some of which I was later to work with in a curatorial practice with CRATE. “ The event called together many creative industries from all around Kent that for one day allowed our campus to be the catalyst for communication and development. It’s a crucial experience for any student – especially those that are not too familiar with living in the UK for the first time.
As a new graduate,Charley Vines, now a practicing artist based in Canterbury and Margate, found the networking events valuable . She says:
EKCC launched in the same year I graduated (2012), which was great for me and other new graduates as it provided an initial platform for conversation with members of different arts organisations in the area. I have found that many of these conversations have led to a provision of support for my practice, as well as involvement in local projects.
Louisa Love, graduate of UCA and now a practising artist, agrees. She says
Having always lived (and studied) in Kent, these vital networks, conversations and opportunities have created a support structure which has helped me to sustain and develop my practice as an artist in a really meaningful way, and to consequently stay really connected to the area.
Having graduated from UCA in 2013, what I am currently doing is developing my practice as an artist in Kent, particularly through collaborative work. I am a member of Collaborative Research Group , which is an 18-month ‘alternative education’ and research programme based at CRATE in Margate and partnered with UCA. It’s especially collaborative initiatives such as this that have kept me linked up and therefore continue to provide me with numerous opportunities.
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