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.

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Does size matter?

Underwater Installation by Nicholas Floc'h

Underwater Installation by Nicholas Floc’h

UCA hosted an international Sculpture Network brunch event on 25 January 2015 at the Herbert Read Gallery at UCA Canterbury.  The exhibition and talks were introduced by Uwe Derksen who produced the event. Marta Patlewicz curated the exhibition which forms part of the portfolio of research activities of The Sculpture Question research Group at UCA Canterbury. International sculptors Anthony Heywood and Nicolas Floc’h exhibited and talked about their work -The Dove of Peace and an Underwater Installation respectively – in the context of the Sculpture Network 2015 theme “Size matters?”.

The research portfolio has included a number of talks and research seminars, including The Sculpture Question conference as part of the Folkestone Triennial 2014.  The event was part-funded by the EU Interreg Channel  Programme.

The Sculpture Network is Europe’s leading  platform for three-dimensional art and is a non-profit organisation for the support, encouragement and promotion of contemporary sculpture. The Sculpture Network is for: artists, art professionals, art mediators, organisations, institutions and friends of the arts.

For more information visit The Sculpture Network.

A Colourful District

CREA-Zone cluster event

The Research + Enterprise Department is involved in the CREA- Zone cluster project which brings together partners from Belgium, France and the Netherlands all of whom are delivering Interreg funded projects.

The current economic crisis has driven regions and cities to find new ways to inject the economy with creativity and innovation. Through collaboration with creative and cultural industries, traditional industries can find ways to enhance their resilience in the face of increased economic, social and environmental challenges.

The Interreg projects have researched and experimented with concepts aimed at increasing the visibility of the economic value of the creative and cultural industries and this is the focus of The Colourful District event, taking place on the 5th and 6th of November. A digital publication summarising the findings and projects will be available at the end of November.

Interreg projects will be presented at the event, held in the Budafabriek, in Kortrijk, Belgium, where synergies between different projects will be pulled into focus and success stories will be shared with a broad audience.

The event programme is packed:

Wednesday 5 November – Budascoop/Budafabriek Kortrijk

6 p.m.                WELCOME AT BUDASCOOP, Kapucijnenstraat 10, Kortrijk (Belgium)

6:30 p.m.         WORD OF WELCOME: Franky Devos, director arts centre BUDA / Budafabriek

6:35 p.m.         CREA-Zone – international cluster for the promotion of the creative industry: Ellen Bisschops, project manager SPK Turnhout

 

6:45 p.m.         DAAN ROOSEGAARDE

In a world shifting between the analogue and the digital, Studio Roosegaarde is the social design lab of artist Daan Roosegaarde and his team of designers and engineers. The studio creates interactive designs that explore the dynamic relation between people, technology and space. The studio develops its own innovations and is internationally known for interactive projects such as Dune, Intimacy and Smart Highway.

Interview: Hilde Bouchez

7:30 p.m.         Short walk to the Budafabriek, Dam 2A, Kortrijk

From 7:30 p.m.           INSPIRING EXAMPLES FOR A COLOURED DISTRICT

The collaboration between designers, entrepreneurs, students, artists and active citizens leads to concrete results. At the imposing Budafabriek, good practice is presented by the University of the Creative Arts Canterbury, SPK Turnhout, Avans Hogeschool Breda, TIO3 Ronse, Pictanovo Tourcoing, Entrepreneurial Centers Mechelen and West Flanders, Flanders DC and Buda Kortrijk.

 

EXHIBIT – THE GREEN LIGHT DISTRICT

A green economy is an important issue for entrepreneurs, designers, scientists and artists alike. CREA-Zone selected international projects that transcend the sense of defeatism that tends to surround ecology and environmentalism:

The Green Light District presents work by Alberto Baraya (CO), Nick Ervinck (BE), Lucas Foglia (US), Brandon Ballengée (US), Annemie Maes (BE), David Bowen (US), Luc Deleu (BE), Maya Smrekar (SI), Peter De Cupere (BE), Bart Stolle (BE), Future Farmers (US), Nano Supermarket (NL), Honoré d’O (BE), Ralph Kim (UK), Mattia Casalegno (IT), Martin uit den Bogaard (NL), Koen Vanmechelen (BE), Eduardo Kac (US), Heath Bunting (UK).

In addition there is  scientific research by Howest, Kulak, Vives & Provinciale   Tuinbouwschool and entrepreneurial projects by Vasch Aquaponics, Deceuninck, Vanheede, Alpro, Drukta, Ocular, Devolder Architecten.

Curator: Christophe Dejaeger

Thursday 6 November – Budafabriek Kortrijk

9 a.m.              BREAKFAST MEETING – Croissants, coffee, creative entrepreneurs, politicians, policy advisors, students …all welcome!

10 a.m.           CREA-Zone – international cluster for the promotion of the creative industry: Ellen Bisschops, project manager SPK Turnhout

10:30 a.m.      STIMULATING ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS FOR THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY

Prof Annick Schramme is professor and academic coordinator of the master’s program Cultural Management at the University of Antwerp. In addition, she leads the Competence Center Creative Industries of the Flanders District of Creativity at the Antwerp Management School.

11 a.m.                        3 INSPIRING EXAMPLES FOR A COLOURFUL DISTRICT

  • Made or Cartamundi / SPK Turnhout
  • Incunables / Pictanovo Tourcoing
  • Results of the temporary stay of the students from Thomas More Mechelen @ Buda

 

11:30 a.m.       THE INNOVATIVE CONTRIBUTION OF EUROPE’S CREATIVE INDUSTRY TO THE WIDER ECONOMY: TOWARDS A NEW POLICY AGENDA

Johanna Van Antwerpen is the founder of the Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM). AIM is the innovation agency of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area which merged, with other organisations, into the Amsterdam Economic Board in 2013. AIM has been set up to help preserve and strengthen Amsterdam’s key position in the knowledge-based economy. The Amsterdam Economic Board promotes innovation, cooperation and new activities in relevant economic sectors such as; creative Industries, ICT, Life Sciences, Sustainability, Financial and Business services.

noon                3 INSPIRING EXAMPLES FOR A COLOURFUL DISTRICT

  • GaIl Baxter or Neil / University of Creative Arts Canterbury
  • The Smell Project / Avans Hogeschool Breda
  • Buda::Lab / Buda Kortrijk

 

12:30 p.m.       CONCLUSIONS FROM THE CREA-Zone CLUSTER

Ellen Bisschops, project manager SPK Turnhout

 

For more information contact Susiane at ssampaio@ucreative.ac.uk

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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A question of sculpture…..

Emma Hart - “Giving It All That”, image courtesy of Thierry Bal.

The Sculpture Question Research Group presents ‘The Sculpture Question’ conference in partnership with Folkestone Triennial and University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury.

In a post-medium art world, the term ‘sculpture’ still has resonance and significance for artists who continue to align themselves with its histories and challenges. Yet over the last half century the practice of sculpture has increasingly positioned itself in the realms of installation, architecture, performance and design. In these inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary contexts, how might sculpture, as a discipline of fine art, continue to be taught and defined today?

This conference, supported by ICR, will take the Folkestone Triennial as its case study, while looking back at significant historical precedents, such as Sculpture Projects Münster, Chambres d’Amis and Culture in Action. In these contexts, this conference will seek to argue that sculpture is always political and space is never neutral.

Keynote speakers: Nicolas Bourriaud, Director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and curator of Taipei Biennial 2014; Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain; Mary Jane Jacob, Executive Director of Exhibitions and Exhibitions Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Independent Curator.

Speakers: Amina Menia; Jordan Baseman; Claire Doherty; Anouchka Grose; Emma Hart; Anthony Heywood; Anna Moszynska; Terry Perk; Dominic Rahtz; Shelley Sacks; Iain Sinclair; Sarah Staton; Gilda Williams; Jon Wood.

One day: £15 / £10 concessions
Both days: £20 / £15 concessions
Ticket prices include tea and coffee, and a glass of wine at the drinks reception.

To book your ticket, please visit: http://www.folkestonetriennial.org.uk/the-sculpture-question/

 

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

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Every year we are delighted by the commitment and enthusiasm of our speakers. This year, Dr Roni Brown, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Art, Media and Communication Design, was Master of Ceremonies and introduced 6 key speakers: Cathy Busby, a Canadian artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, who took us on rollercoaster journey of the ripple effects of her project We Are Sorry; Nixiwaka Yawanawá, an Indian from the Brazilian Amazon who has joined Survival International to speak for indigenous rights all over the world; Piers Ibbotson, a respected speaker, coach and facilitator, who introduced our finalists; Thierry Heynen, Director of ESADHar; Dr Simon Ofield-Kerr, Vice-Chancellor of UCA and Uwe Derksen, Head of the Creative Challenge and Assistant Director of Research and Enterprise.

Lace Effects 2 opens

Dawn Cole's artwork "head case still bad"

Lace Effects 2, part of the Crysalis project and Moving Textiles series of exhibitions, opened on May 25th  at the International Centre for Lace and Fashion at Calais.  The works on displays were selected from the responses to a call for projects aimed at established professionals, young, up-and-coming designers and students, and transmitted through a network of Crysalis partners.The exhibition focuses on directly addressing the traditional techniques of handmade lace through a variety of artistic approaches.

Lace Effects 2 echoes Crysalis’ ethos of dedication to textile innovation, and features 20 artists from the UK, France and Belgium, including artist and printmaker Dawn Cole from North Kent and Gail Baxter, a current research degree student as well as Emma Gribble, artist at Plymouth College of Art, another Crysalis member.

Amputations Etc

Amputations Etc

Dawn says

I am delighted to be exhibiting as part of Lace effects 2. The museum at Calais has a beautiful collection and fascinating history and to have my works exhibited amongst these is a real honour. The 3 works exhibited are a part of a larger body of work entitled ‘Reading Between the Lines’. This comprises a series of solar plate etchings, printed using white ink on black paper, that respond to the archive of a WW1 VAD Nurse who was posted to France in Sept 1915. The prints, although appear to be of fine lace, are actually made from the words written in the nurses diary and explore ideas of entrapment and deception, the very origins of the word ‘lace’ itself.

Gail’s work, Tracing the Line, explores the connections between lace’s intrinsic nature as a series of holes, absences and gaps, and the inherent holes, absences and gaps in museum archives. The work is a free, contemporary interpretation of a lace pattern created by hand-sewing thread onto machine-made tulle.

Lace Effects 2 runs until 7th December 2014. More information here.