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Creative Medway

Dancer with swirling red scarfMedway is home to a wide variety of creative groups and networks. Whether you are a writer, a blogger, an actor, a poet, a musician, a games maker, a photographer, a dancer, a film maker, someone who works with traditional and modern crafts or something else entirely, there will be a group for you.

If you know of any suitable groups or networks that could be added to the list below, please send the details to your local library.

Get involved

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Medway libraries are hosting a series of free art, creative writing and literature courses in partnership with the university of Kent. To find out more or to book a free place, contact your local library.

Creative writing groups

Two informal writing groups meet at Chatham Library, Community Hub Chatham and Rochester library, Community hub Rochester. To find out more contact your local library.


Writing Medway

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At Writing Medway discover the ways that libraries can help support writers including books, eBooks, online resources including magazine and journals and access to creative networks.

When somebody comes to a library with a book, story or poetry that they have published themselves, it is sometimes difficult to add it to the library shelves. However, these books can be made available online, in pdf format. You can read the existing books, stories and poems and find out how to submit your own work.


Crafting Medway

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Medway Libraries host a range of craft activities for adults and children. 

Children's holiday crafts can be found in our events guide.

Crafting Medway is dedicated to adult craft activities hosted by Medway Libraries. Whatever your craft of choice from knitting to sketching we have a group to suit you.

The library also hosts a number of colour in and chill out sessions for adults, ask for more information at your local library.


Magazines blogs and listings

Photo of glasses on a newspaperThese magazine and blogs are written to promote the wide variety of creative events and activities for all ages and abilities in Medway. A perfect place to discover more or to promote your creative activity.

If you would like your magazine or blog included on these pages please contact us at Chatham Community Hub.



The School of Music and Fine Art - University of Kent

The School of Music and Fine Art is on the Medway campus of the University of Kent, located within the award-winning Historic Dockyard Chatham, and offers a diverse range of concerts, exhibitions and events open to the local community. From 2018, the new Centre for Music and Audio Technology (CMAT) will house three new undergraduate programmes in music: Music Business and Production; Music Performance and Production; and Music Technology and Audio Production. We are currently accepting applications for September 2018. For information on our courses and how to apply, visit www.kent.ac.uk/cmat

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Networks, networking and social events

creative networkThese networks organise a calendar of cultural and informal social events running in parallel with Medway's major festivals. This is to encourage local artists, at any stage of their development, to meet and socialise with other artists.

Whether you are interested in music, theatre, art or literature there will be something for you.


History of creativity and creative people in Medway

Photo of the exterior of the Eastgate House, RochesterMedway has a rich and varied history of artists, from the uniquely talented but tragic Richard Dadd through to the work of Billy Childish and the Medway Poets, the founding of the international Stuckist art moment to the current arts, music and spoken word revival. Medway Libraries hold a selection of books and information about local artists.

Medway Archives Centre hold a larger collection and a collection of work by and about contemporary local artists and writers.


Art and art galleries

Image of an exhibition at the new Rochester Art Gallery and Craft CaseIt is possible to display art work as a group or individually in some Medway Libraries. For more information contact Chatham Community Hub.
Other local galleries include Nucleus ArtsRochester Art Gallery and Sun Pier House.

Information about other galleries and creative venues in Medway is available on the council's creative industries page.


Other sources of information

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Looking for inspiration? Try our online resources or library links

What's on Where is your comprehensive guide to local events

Medway Council Arts Team offer a comprehensive and varied programme of events, exhibitions and projects

University for the Creative Arts. World-class creative university with courses in Art, Design, Graphics, Fashion, Architecture and Media

University of Kent offer creative writing courses, and houses the centre for creative writing

Medway Adult Education offer a range of challenging yet enjoyable arts and crafts courses to develop your interests, creativity, skills and knowledge