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Kent Arts Conference


11/07/2022 - 13/07/2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm



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The Kent Arts Conference (KArtsCon) is an annual conference that brings together people who are interested in the arts to share their ideas, knowledge, and experience around a theme.

This year’s conference will be held in beautiful and historic Rochester in Medway, Kent. We look forward to welcoming you to this amazing region, the former home of one Charles Dickens.

The theme for 2022 is Art: Unexpected.

The adage that ‘art is life’ is often true in its reverse – that life is art. Indeed, we can often perceive all sorts of things to be creatively ‘art’. This leads us to chance upon art in strange or unexpected settings. How about the moment when we gaze at something that is so commonplace and suddenly realise how immaculately designed it is – art, albeit unexpected?

Much of unexpected art is created simply by nature… from the delicate beauty of a flower to the beautiful shapes and colours clouds form in the sky, or monolithic masterpieces sculpted by the elements in the desert or ocean. Art that is created by humankind might be inspired by such natural formations, or by other unanticipated developments.

Art turns up in unexpected places such as Banksy’s murals or on the back of toilet doors. Art can unexpectedly result from experiments or accidents, from listening to suggestions or defying critics. The art of the past can inform the art of the present through its wisdom, or design, or repurposing.

Art results from relationships we build with the objects, circumstances, and environments around us, and with people. Memories frozen in photographs, culinary masterpieces for dinner parties, bridges over bodies of water, and landscaped gardens are just some of the art forms that we do not always immediately see as ‘art’.

This year, we would like to celebrate unexpected art in all its forms and origins, and by its creators. We call for participation from all art sectors and individuals, including those who might not necessarily consider themselves ‘artists’.

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