Masterclass with Matt Kay, Documentary Filmmaker from Walks of Life Films

Masterclass with Matt Kay, Documentary Filmmaker from Walks of Life Films

Spaces are going quick to attend this exclusive masterclass with Matt Kay, Director of Walks of Life Films to learn all about how to get started in the industry and create short films.

If you would like to attend this exclusive event, please click the below Event Brite link and use the password WOLF to register.


When: Friday 21st February, 4pm-6.30pm

Where: Room 105, Edward Street building, Edward Street, Brighton

Matt will be sharing his insight on being a Netflix Originals director as well as how to break into the production industry as a student (Matt himself interned at Sky News). There will be a Q&A session with Matt as well as a preview of his award-winning short film ‘Little Miss Sumo‘.

About Matt

Matt founded Walks of Life Films in 2011 after making his first feature documentary ‘Over The Wall’ about a British football team’s journey to play in Palestine and has continued to make socially conscious, character led documentaries. Matt has directed and shot a variety of projects for broadcast, festivals and online including Netflix, BBC, Channel 4, SKY, The Guardian and over fifty film festivals. His latest project, Netflix Original ‘Little Miss Sumo’ premiered at London Film Festival, won several film festival awards and had its American premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in April 2019.

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On Wednesday (19 February) we bring back voice coach and public speaking expert Jude Bolton to deliver ‘Present Your Ideas With Impact’.

This free workshop takes place at Mithras House, Moulsecoomb campus, from 5.30–7.30pm.


Booking is essential


In the session – sponsored by Santander Universities – you will learn how to communicate with confidence and effectively. It will empower you to take on that next business pitch, job interview or presentation with improved self-assurance.


If you are entering the Santander University of Brighton Ideas Competition and hope to get shortlisted, this training will really help you deliver a quality pitch at beepurple’s Open Mic Night event.


There are a limited number of places. Reserve your free spot now.


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Free online peer-coaching training for creative women


University of Brighton alumna Beki Gowing is offering a free three-week online course. It’s for creative women who are working for themselves, freelancing or starting a business – or thinking about doing any of these things.

This online training will teach you the tools and techniques to set achievable goals, reflect on possible solutions, understand how you work best, and support other creative women facing the same issues.

It is all conducted online using video conferencing software, so can fit around your other commitments.

The training runs between Monday 2 March and Sunday 22 March. You’ll need to spend about 8 hours over the 3 weeks on the course (for the training, group practice sessions, and individual homework tasks).

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See what our engineers are creating


Beepurplers are invited to the University of Brighton’s Engineering Project Exhibition. It takes place on Wednesday 19 February (2.00–6.00pm) in the Advanced Engineering Building, University of Brighton, Lewes Road.

Each student will present their work on a poster and will welcome the opportunity to answer questions and provide detailed information about their projects.

Many projects are industry or research-based and cover a wide range of disciplines, ranging through all aspects of engineering: automotive, aeronautical, mechanical and manufacturing, electrical and electronic.

“Let our students inspire you whilst you inspire them” says organiser Rebecca Tongue. For more information and to reserve your place, contact

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New Ideas Competition
Still time to win £1,500 for your idea


Do you have an idea for a new product, service or community project? The Santander University of Brighton Ideas Competition is your chance to make it happen.

Even if you entered last time and did not get selected, we encourage you to enter again. There are two new questions, giving you a further opportunity to explain your idea and convince the judges you’re the best person to take it forward.

There are top prizes of £1500, £1000 and £500 available to win. There are also four runners-up prizes of £100.

Shortlisted entries will be invited to pitch their ideas to judges at a city centre final on Wednesday 18 March 2020. Whether you are a team or an individual, you will receive expert pitching training in advance.

You can enter as many different ideas as you wish, but you must write one application form per idea. Your idea can only be for new products, services, or community projects, ie not for ventures you have already started up.

This competition is open to all students and recent graduates of the university (within the last three years).

The closing date for entries 9 March 2020.

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Brighton Digital Festival: Messy Edges Conference

Organized by festival director Lawrence Hill,  Messy Edges, the Brighton Digital Festival’s annual conference, was a vibrant, hugely insightful and innovative day-long event which included a host of brilliant speakers, from Bill Thompson, to Catherine Allen, to Akeelah Bertram and Kuchena, Carmen Weisskopf of Mediengruppe Bitnik, Rhiannon Armstrong, Maya Indira Ganesh, Tonya Nelson and Dr. Nishant Shah. The conference highlighted the huge potential and productive activation of digital media to make the world a better place, but it also highlighted potential misuses and risks associated with their usage.

Kuchenga and Akeelah Bertram – whose work is part of the Digital Festival and currently in the show Desire Lines, Edward Street, University of Brighton.

Emillie de Keulenaar from OlLab discussing the production of misinformation and the dissemination of far-right political thought across fringe and mainstream platforms.

Here (below and above) are some of Rhiannon Armstrong’s collaborative poems.

Viral Open Sessions: Creating Culture Our next Viral Open Session is with guest speaker, Emma Warren (author) joined by Matt Weston (director at Spacemakers) and Bobby Brown (artist manager in the music industry) to discuss the relationship between space, culture and community.

Thursday 30th October
6:30 – 9pm
Lighthouse, 28 Kensington St
Brighton, BN1 4AJ Continue reading Viral Open Sessions: Creating Culture Our next Viral Open Session is with guest speaker, Emma Warren (author) joined by Matt Weston (director at Spacemakers) and Bobby Brown (artist manager in the music industry) to discuss the relationship between space, culture and community.

Hidden Paths ONCA Brighton 12-20.10 2019 IMMERSIVE EXHIBITION part of Brighton Digital Festival


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A new and timely exhibition ‘Hidden Paths’ offers an immersive and reflective space to explore how current crises of extreme weather, automation, political instability and inequality are connected in deep and often invisible ways.

‘Hidden Paths’ welcomes visitors to consider the troubled systems that we live in and the possibilities for transformation. Through a series of artworks – from a sonic waterfall, sculptures, recipes, film and video, to a virtual reality (VR) experience – visitors will explore how we imagine the future and what it could mean to live in zero carbon futures that foster equality and wellbeing.

Individual artist participants: Thomas Buckley | Cliff Crawford | Toni Slater| Idil Bozkurt | Alexandra Stuart-Hutcheson | Sam Hewitt | David Holyoake| Molly Astley | Katharine Vega | Rebecca McDonald-Balfour | Envy | Tyler van der Berg | Emily Hallows | Elia Habib | Annie Elliott | Ben Ireland | Lucy Wood | Gregory Campbell |Otter Lieffe | Faumuina Felolini Tafunai |  Charlotte Pulver

Media and guests are invited to the launch event for ‘Hidden Paths’, 6-8pm on Wednesday 16th October, at ONCA Gallery. Click here to RSVP.

This exhibition is part of Brighton Digital Arts Festival 2019.


The System Change HIVE is a new Brighton based collective bringing together young and established artists, together with sustainability experts and digital technologists to explore sustainable futures and alternative systems through the power of art. The HIVE is set up by charity Swarm Dynamics together with partners University of Brighton School of Media, the ESRC STEPS Centre, Wired Sussex and ONCAGallery.

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Swarm Dynamics is a charity and artist collective that harnesses the power of arts and imagination to engage audiences on sustainability issues with a focus on communicating sustainable futures and post capitalist societies (‘system change’) through the use of the arts.

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Windrush Presence Exhibition at SEAS – Socially Engaged Art Salon 12/10 – 12/11 open every weekday & Saturdays 11:00 -17:00BMECP/SEAS10/a Fleet St. Brighton BN1 4ZE

This might be of interest; SEAS is a local organisation that puts on topical exhibitions and events that bring together digital technology and art.

Windrush Presence depicts the contribution of the Windrush generation to the UK and the experiences of Afro-Caribbeans from the first Windrush arrivals in 1948 to today. The works in the exhibition include digital art, video installation, photography, films and textile works. The opening of the exhibition on October 12th, from 3 to 6 pm, will include a tour of the exhibition with the participating artists; a talk by Dr. Michael McMillan about his book and exhibition The Front Room which documents the living rooms of the Windrush generation (previously exhibited at Geffrye Museum); a presentation by the curator Bolanle Tajudeen about the impact of the Windrush generation on British Art; and a conversation with the photographer Mal Woolford and his neighbour Charlotte Woolford who have found that their ancestors share a dark past.

Supported by Royal Pavilion & Museums’ BME Heritage Network, Brighton & Hove City Council, The Art Council, the BMECP.

Windrush Presence Exhibition at SEAS – Socially Engaged Art Salon
12/10 – 12/11 open every weekday & Saturdays 11:00 -17:00
10/a Fleet St. Brighton BN1 4ZE

Opening event Saturday, October 12th 3-6pm
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Curator: Dr Gil Mualem-Doron
Akila Richards, Poet / Barrel (a participatory art project and a room installation)
Alan Compton, Photographer / ‘Unheard Voices’ (photography project)
Bolanle Tajudeen, Curator / The impact of Windrush generation on British Art (a talk)
Edi Jay Mandala, Artist / The UnBIGOTten (A graphic novel)
Gabrielle Raven, Artist / London Rain (mixed media painting)
Grant Lambie, Artist / Road Map of Kenya (mixed media collage)
John Titi, Story Teller / The Journey
Josef Cabey, Artist / Windrush Doranne’s Series (digital paintings)
Judith Ricketts, Artist / Son of Canaan (Photography series)
Katy Beinart & Kate Theophilus, Artists / Brixton Conversations (a short film)
Linett Kamala, Artist / State of Education – (painting series)
Dr. Michael McMillan, Lecturer, curator, artist / The Front Room (photography research & book)
Mal Woolford: Photographer (with Charlotte Woolford) / Touching Distance (Photography)
River Sweeney, performer and visual artist / The Factory (a video installation)
Sabine Kaner, Artist / Hold on to colour (textile work)
Suchitra Chatterjee, Writer and artist, Now and Then (mix media collage)
Tony Kalume: Artist / Celebrating African & Caribbeans in Sussex past
and present: the lives of Dr. Cuthbert Williams & Shirley Williams (a
short film)