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As part of Ben Judd’s Stanley Picker Fellowship project The Origin, a series of workshops, performances, talks and tours will take place at Stanley Picker Gallery, a boat moored in Kingston-upon-Thames on the outskirts of London and online throughout June and July 2021.

On 24 June, a short online programme of events has been devised by Lews Castle College Senior Lecturer Anna-Wendy Stevenson, featuring BA Applied Music and MA Music and the Environment students and graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands.

The programme highlights the development of innovative and world reaching university music courses led from an island context and includes a talk, performances, a Gaelic singing workshop, and the premier of a short (7 min) film, Land of Our Kin.

Booking in advance is essential. Places are limited. Registered attendees will be sent a link to join via zoom. The event will be live-streamed into the Gallery for visitors to watch during their visit.

Please follow the link below to register your attendance on Eventbrite:

Online: 24 June 2-5pm University of the Highlands and Islands

24 June 2pm Talk by Anna Wendy Stevenson

Anna Wendy Stevenson will give an online talk about her work. Based in Benbecula, Anna Wendy is Senior lecturer and Programme Leader for the University of the Highlands and Islands innovative BA (Hons) Applied Music degree. A fiddler and composer, she has performed and delivered workshops in traditional Scottish music world-wide and curated and directed events for a wide range of organisations, communities, media groups and festivals in the UK, Canada, USA, Australia and Europe. 

24 June 2.30pm Film Screening & Gaelic Singing Workshop

Chloe Steele, UHI graduate and traditional Gaelic singer and piper from South Uist, will screen Bann nam Baghasdal, a short film documentary capturing the unique culture and lifestyle in two townships in South Uist, Scotland and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Following this, Chloe will teach a tradition Gaelic song. No prior experience is required!

24 June 3.30pm Screening of Land of Our Kin

Land of Our Kin is a reflection on community and building communities online, across island, rural and urban contexts during Covid, through the delivery of a creative brief commissioning new music to celebrate Community Land Scotland’s 10-year anniversary. Beginning the academic year in the thick of the pandemic, the group topped and tailed the calendar with blogs for the University’s research theme ‘The Edge’ – starting with considering what being part of community meant and how creativity would be employed to encourage collaboration within the widely spread cohort. Students collaborated to write and record a song ‘The Land of Our Kin’ and wrote the following blog capturing and reflecting on the process: The Edge: music, community & creativity – “The Edge”. The music was intended to be performed at Scottish Parliament, but unfortunately restrictions prevented this. However, such was the success of the final output, Community Land Scotland commissioned independent film maker Dave Tarvit to make a short film about this remarkable story which will be premiered during this online event to coincide with The Origin.

Ben Judd’s Stanley Picker Fellowship project The Origin reflects on Britain’s island status, both literal and metaphorical, and how islands shape the communities that live there. The Origin brings together the communities surrounding the Stanley Picker Gallery – from Kingston University students and academics to local networks, charities and residents – and asks them to imagine a classless, stateless, humane society based on common ownership. This collaborative project culminates this summer with an installation at the Gallery, a boat on the River Thames and a series of performances, workshops and events – a rehearsal for an alternative future.

Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University is a public venue dedicated to the commissioning, production and presentation of innovative new practice across the fields of art, design and architecture. From its island location along the Hogsmill River, the Gallery generates an onsite, offsite and online programme of fellowships, exhibitions, projects and events that engages audiences within the University and the wider community, encourages the development of research excellence in the arts, and makes a significant contribution to the regional, national and international cultural environments.  Stanley Picker Fellowships support contemporary art and design practitioners to create a significant body of new work as part of Kingston University’s wider research culture. Previous appointments include 2015 Turner Prize nominee Nicole Wermers, 2012 Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price and London Design Medal recipients El Ultimo Grito. Our current Fellows are designers Onkar Kular and Yemi Awosile and artists Oreet Ashery and Simon Martin.