We are committed to supporting and contributing to the artistic and cultural activities of our communities and the region.
We are proud to sponsor the rich cultural events that make Kent and Medway such a dynamic place to live, work, and study. For more than 10 years we have been a Partner and Principal Sponsor of the Canterbury Festival in recognition of our shared commitment to creativity, culture, and community.
We support the vibrant culture of our coastal communities through our role as Education Partner for the Folkestone Book Festival, our work with Turner Contemporary (including the Portfolio Prize for school-aged children) and our sponsorship of the Turner Prize in 2019.
Our collaborations with the Marlowe Theatre, Creative Folkestone, Canterbury Museums, Canterbury Cathedral, and Heritage Lab, bring new programming to the region, and support our students in finding work experience and developing the skills they need to establish their careers in the creative industries.
Our campuses include a range of exhibition and performance spaces including the Daphne Oram Gallery, St Gregory’s Centre for Music, the Verena Holmes Gallery and Anselm Studios. These venues also allow us to showcase the talent of our students, and the research and practices of our academic staff. We also have exhibitions, concerts and performances by exceptional professional artists and performers, and we are involved in community projects including East Kent Schools Together.
History and heritage feature significantly in our public engagement work, from the popular history weekends in Canterbury, to work with the community to uncover local history such as the Finding Eanswythe project in Folkestone.