UCA-A Retrospective (Regret and Loss)
UCA - A Retrospective: Creativity past, present and future, honours the outstanding work of students, graduates, alumni and staff, of the University of Creative Arts in Rochester. The college is renowned for its cutting edge style and this exhibition marks 130 years of creativity in this respected institution which will close its doors for the final time in 2023. That this follows the closure of the former Maidstone College nearly 10 years is a sad loss to those who wish to study in the creative industries and no doubt has been impacted by the funding cuts throughout the arts sector which marks a decline in the support of the nation's 'cultural health' (see report Guardian, Sally Weale July 2021).
The exhibition takes place Rochester Art Gallery and UCA’s Zandra Rhodes Gallery It also includes a small exhibition at the nearby Medway Adult Education Centre.
I spent a happy afternoon visiting the exhibition:
Dame Zandra Rhodes sketchbooks above and photographer Rikard Osterlund's powerful testimony to his relationship with his artist wife Zara's painful illness. (This felt so personal I felt it was not mine to share here..so go visit)
And of course, Billy Childish, co-founder of the Stuckism Movement.