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UCA alumna exhibits work for Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival

For the fourth consecutive year, UCA alumna Celia Hyland is exhibiting her work at the Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival this month.

A mixed-media artist, Celia, who graduated with an MA Photography in 2002 from UCA Rochester – then the Kent Institute of Art & Design – creates vibrant paintings and layered textile pieces using embroidery and remnants of cloth.

Each year, Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival gives the public a chance to visit local studios showcasing all art forms including crafts, visual and performing arts. Encouraging as many creatives as possible, the Festival gives artists the opportunity to exhibit, talk to people about their art, sell their work and offer creative activities and events.

“This year my work has developed into textile landscapes that incorporate fabric scraps and remnants,” explains Celia. “Using freehand and machine embroidery the pieces evoke the natural shapes created by trees, the lie of the land, or what might be beneath the surface in layers of geology.

“The local arts scene in my hometown of Rochester, Kent has grown rapidly in the last few years and I owe so much to the wonderfully talented and generous artists who have encouraged me back to experimenting, sketch booking and just being messy in my quest to produce something beautiful.”

Throughout the Festival, visitors are welcomed to explore the hidden creative work spaces and secret studios of Medway, with work being shown by more than 130 artists across 21 different venues.

Offering advice to aspiring creatives, Celia adds: “Balance your creative side with your business side. Learn the fundamentals of marketing yourself and pricing your work. Even though you will feel like a 'newbie' for a while (I still do!) remember people are paying not only for your time and materials but also the skills you have mastered and those skills are unique to you.”

To view more of Celia’s work, visit