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Outdoor Art: HEI and Producer Knowledge Transfer Project

  • Date: 7 September 2009
  • Artform: Theatre, Visual arts
  • Area: South East

Outdoor Art – HEI and Producer Knowledge Transfer Project was a nine-month collaboration and residency between London-based street arts organisation Nutkhut, the creative events BA Course at the University of Kent, and Medway Council’s Fuse Festival.

The project, brokered and part-funded by the Arts Council, encouraged arts activity in Medway, culminating in the Fuse Festival, which took place on the streets of Chatham, Rochester, Gillingham, Rainham and Strood for three weekends from 6–22 June 2009.

During the residency, Nutkhut and the creative events BA students developed two new pieces of work for Fuse in the previously unused hangars at Chatham Dockyard.

Movieplex, a film and performance installation, drew on the life of Indian filmmaker Shanta Rao Dutt, who sparked a 100-year filmmaking family dynasty, tracing Dutt’s journey to Chatham Dockyard in 1939. The exhibit features artefacts from the Dutt family, as well as a plush velvet screening area.

The students from the University Of Kent’s creative events BA also designed an original Bollywood-inspired processional work.

Rebecca Ball, Head of Combined Arts, sums up what outdoor arts can and does encompass: ‘It’s a very broad area including street theatre, carnival, visual art, public art, public realm work, mela – and even paradoxically – some site specific work that technically takes place inside libraries or shopping centres. So it’s a bit unwieldy.

'It is basically shorthand for work that takes place in public spaces, away from traditional art spaces, in places you might not expect.’

Visit the Nutkhut website at www.nutkhut.net