Kearsney Interpreted

On Friday 15 June DAD, joined by Anita Sedgewick from DDC and also Matthias Koch and Marianne Kapfer, in Dover for the CHALKUP21 photography masterclass and public presentation, visited the UCA BA Fine Art degree show. The weather was friendly and the place was buzzing. The show had a huge range of fantastic work and was one of the strongest UCA shows we’ve been to.

For all students, the degree show marks not simply the end of their BA studies but the start of the next stage in their careers. There was a great sense of celebration and anticipation in the Cragg Lecture theatre for the announcement of 3 awards, including the first DAD prize, The Turner Contemporary long list for the Platform award and the Crate studio award.

Terry Perk (Head of School: Fine Art & Photography) congratulated all the students on their achievement and also the teaching staff – in particular  Craig Fisher, Course Leader, and Moyra Derby, Head of Year 3 – to loud applause and cheers.

Once a UCA student, always a member of the UCA community” to paraphrase Terry Perk’s opening remarks and so it fell to Clare to introduce the new DAD prize, which will be awarded to a new graduate to make work as part of a paid, mini residency in response to the landscape designs, ecology, social and industrial heritage of Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens.

Clare was a student at UCA nearly 20 years ago graduating in 2004:

At the time, like many of you wondering what I would go on to do and whether I’d be able to sustain a life in the arts. I pinch myself almost every day because having made a decision to try and realise that lifelong ambition when I started here, as a mature student and had left the life I had, I am still working in the arts and have sustained my practice.

In 2006 I co-founded DAD with Joanna Jones, also here today and this year DAD is working in partnership with Dover District Council (DDC) to deliver an ambitious arts project in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens, in Dover. Art in the Park: Kearsney interpreted that sits within the HLF funded Kearsney Parks project and is funded largely by Arts Council England.

The project involves a number of artist residencies, with some mini residencies for newly-graduated, early career artists.

After more than 10 years of a very fruitful relationship between DAD and UCA, Joanna and I are taking this opportunity to instigate a Dover Arts Development prize for a new UCA graduate, this year together with Dover District Council.

The project management team spent a very enjoyable few hours looking at the work in this wonderful final year show. It is always difficult to make a selection and it has been no different for the Kearsney interpreted project. We have however made a short list of 5 and in making this shortlist, we took into account those practices we felt would best fit the overall project aims.”

Anita Sedgewick from Dover District Council said a few words about the project aims and then the following graduating students were invited to submit a proposal to make work as part of a paid, mini residency in response to the landscape designs, ecology, social and industrial heritage of Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens.

The following students were shortlisted and will be invited to submit a project proposal:

  1. Jane Bowen-Bravery
  2. Lisa Derand
  3. Kaushike Gupta
  4. Ty Locke
  5. Ronan Alice Porter

Thanks you both for initiating the DAD prize, I thought the prize giving was great, it’s fantastic for our students to be working with you and to have an opportunity to work in a professional context. (Craig Fisher, Course Leader Fine Art (UCA Canterbury)

Thank you again for your support and sharing such a great project opportunity with our students. They were all so utterly delighted. I was bursting with pride. (Moyra Derby, Head of Year 3 (UCA Canterbury)

Photos from the UCA BA Fine Art degree show by Anita Sedgewick