Kent art student transforms pub to host exhibition and concert

By Liberty Magee.

A Canterbury art student has organised her own exhibition in The Northern Seaman Pub in Rochester.

Emily Magee, 21, decided to host a public exhibition to display her artwork on Saturday 15th April.

The free event organised by the University of Creative Arts student attracted over 50 people.

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University of Creative Arts student Emily Magee

This was the first art exhibition held in the pub for years. Emily worked with fellow student Jodie Freiter, 22, to paint and transform the downstairs room. 

 The previous Thomas Aveling, sixth form student said: “It was my first public display of my work so I was very nervous.

Most people in my class have already showcased their work before but it was the first time for me and organising everything made it even scarier.

The preparation for the event was a lot of work, both the creating of the work and setting up the venue. It took us two months to prepare our work and then two weeks to work on the venue.”

Charlotte Convey, 38, who works at art charity QUAD in Derby attended the event and said: “Emily done a really good job it was a great night overall.

It’s very hard for new artists and people interested in art because people often aren’t even aware of your work. If you really want to put yourself out there the best thing to do is hold an art exhibition.”

A University of Creative Arts spokesperson commented: “94.5% of UCA graduates are employed, many securing professional creative and managerial roles. We have strong links with numerous leading companies and organisations across the creative industries. 

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A steady stream of visiting lecturers from the creative world also ensures that our students’ learning is enriched with industry-informed perspectives and our industry links offer invaluable sources of knowledge, insight and experience, along with valuable networking opportunities.”

As well as the exhibition Emily also organised entertainment for her guests.

Local band, The Muswells, played from 9pm.

Lead singer, Liam McManigan, originally from Hoo said: “As a friend I was happy to help out as she had some really good work that deserved to be seen.”



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