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Zandra Rhodes Photo By Gene Nocon

UCA - Retrospective: Creativity Past, Present & Future

27th January - 15th April 2023

This special split site exhibition brings together the work of over 30 artists and makers who have been involved in courses at the University for the Creative Arts Rochester, including fashion design and fashion photography, textiles and jewellery.

The show honours the outstanding work of current students, graduates, alumni and staff past and present who will show pieces alongside those of iconic fashion designers Dame Zandra Rhodes, University Chancellor Emeritus, Wendy Dagworthy OBE and internationally acclaimed jeweller Stephen Webster MBE.

The special exhibition celebrates the legacy and creativity that has flourished at the renowned institution based in Medway for over 135 years and known for its trademark cutting edge style.  UCA Rochester will be remembered for providing arts education, from foundation to Masters level, for students from diverse backgrounds, combining creativity with a high level of technical skills. UCA graduates have secured a wide range of employment in the creative industries.

The show is the result of an open call and will focus on individual stories and how time at UCA (formerly KIAD/Medway College of Art) shaped people’s practice and careers and includes outfits, treasured sketchbooks, photographs and personal testimonies from contributors.  

The exhibition comes ahead of the closure of the Rochester campus later in 2023 as the University invests in creating Centres of Creativity at the three other UCA campuses in Canterbury, Epsom and Farnham. 

Medway Adult Education in Rochester, the former home of Medway School of Art until 1970, will also be sharing a display charting the early history of the College featuring past student work and archive materials.

To compliment the exhibitions the Huguenot Museum will be a displaying an exquisite Zandra Rhodes wedding dress worn by its Head of trustees in 1970.

UCA - A Retrospective: Creativity Past, Present & Future

27 January to 15 April - Rochester Art Gallery
27 January to 14 March - UCA’s Zandra Rhodes Gallery
6 March to 27 April - Rochester Adult Education Centre


Image by Gene Nocon

Image: Dame Zandra Rhodes photographed by Gene Nocon

Tickets and Pricing

Free Admission

Days and times

  • Tuesday to Saturday
    10am - 5pm
    Closed Sundays & Mondays



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