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51zero Festival 2019

Rochester: Friday 25th October - Sunday 3rd November, Launch - Opening Night: Friday 25th October at Rochester Cathedral Crypt 7-9pm

Canterbury: Friday 8th November - Sunday 17th November. Launch - Opening Night: Friday 8th November at Herbert Read Gallery, University for the Creative Arts Canterbury 7-9 pm

51zero presents a biennial festival of international moving image and contemporary art in Kent, which this year takes place in Rochester and Canterbury between October and November. It presents artists, musicians and filmmakers whose production is between contemporary art and cinema, operating on a local and international level.

For this 4th edition, the festival will continue to develop the discussion around the existing structures and systems in which art is made, shown and discussed. 51zero continuously introduces highly resolved, relevant and important artworks and films to the Kent area, particularly in Rochester, where 51zero’s activities are unique in filling a gap in Medway’s art provision. Through placing artwork in public settings and outdoor spaces across the cities, the festival takes the art to where the people are. It encourages conversations and active involvement of local and visiting public as well as engaging audiences with the character and the heritage of the area.

The festival offers opportunities for regional artists and students to exhibit with established, international artists. 51zero have a successful track record of creating platforms for exposure and opportunities for emerging talent, engaging young artists in activities meaningful for their professional development. 51zero is embedded in the area and takes its name from the geographical coordinates of Medway, at the same time, it focuses on international collaboration and cultural exchange. Working from within the region of Kent as the project’s base, 51zero presents programmes of exhibitions, events, projects and touring activities through partnership and co-production with cultural organisations in the UK and overseas.

This year’s festival runs across Rochester Cathedral, the Guildhall and Huguenot Museums and on Rochester High Street. In Canterbury it will populate the Herbert Read Gallery and the University for the Creative Arts campus. Selected projects, artworks, workshops and activities suggest new possibilities to recover the power of ideas and thinking to explore a new language for art, focussing on engaging directly with the public, locally and beyond.

Rochester Events

Friday 25th October - Shadow puppet workshop (Children) 10 am - 1pm
- Hercules Exhibition (in the Italian garden at Restoration House) 2 pm - 5 pm
- Launch event (our launch with live music and film screening) 7 pm - 9 pm

Sunday 27th October - Exhibitions/workshops at the Guildhall museum 12 - 5 pm
- Animation workshop (Children) 12 - 4.30 pm

Monday 28th October - Exhibition at the Cathedral Crypt 10 am - 4 pm
- Workshop (Sketching Rochester) 11 am - 4pm
-Workshop at Guildhall museum 12 - 4.30 pm

Tuesday 29th October - Exhibition at the Cathedral Crypt 10 am - 4 pm
- Exhibitions/workshops at the Guildhall museum 12 - 5 pm
- Film Event at Huguenot Museum 7pm - 9pm

Wednesday 30th October - Exhibition at the Cathedral Crypt 10 am - 4 pm
- Exhibitions/workshops at the Guildhall museum 12 - 5 pm

Thursday 31st October - Exhibition at the Cathedral Crypt 10 am - 4 pm
- Exhibitions/workshops at the Guildhall museum 12 - 5 pm

Friday 1st November - Exhibition at the Cathedral Crypt 10 am - 4 pm
- Exhibitions/workshops at the Guildhall museum 12 - 5 pm

Saturday 2nd November - Exhibition at the Cathedral Crypt 10 am - 4 pm
- Exhibitions/workshops at the Guildhall museum 12 - 5 pm

Sunday 3rd November - Exhibition at the Cathedral Crypt 10 am - 4 pm
- Exhibitions/workshops at the Guildhall museum 12 - 5 pm

Canterbury Events 

Friday 8th November - Launch event (live music and film screening) 7pm - 9pm

Saturday 9th - Sunday 17th November - Exhibitions and screenings at UCA 10 am - 5 pm

Address

Rochester:
The Precinct, Rochester, Kent ME1 1SX
Restoration House 17-19 Crow Lane, Rochester, ME1 1RF
The Guildhall Museum, 17 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1PY
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street, Rochester ME1 1LX

Canterbury: University for the Creative Arts – Herbert Read Gallery, Dover Road, Canterbury CT1 3AN
ME1 1SX

Entry Price

Free