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SHIFT, curated by artist and curator Richard Layzell, aims to reshape and reframe the way we think about a University.

With presenters including Sir Paul Nurse of The Francis Crick Institute, the festival showcases the importance of creativity in education, and looks at blending academia and the arts, and illuminates the creative qualities embedded within some of the more ‘traditional’ academic subjects such as Law, Natural Sciences and Medicine.

SHIFT will also introduce us to the concept of Flectures – a new creative and interactive update on the lecture format – and includes a range of pop up events and activities across the campus.

Curated by Gulbenkian Associate Artist Richard Layzell, produced by ICCI.


ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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