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Sidney Cooper Gallery lecture

25 April 2005

Canterbury Christ Church University College’s Sidney Cooper Gallery will be hosting a lecture entitled Henry Moore in Kent.

The lecture is open to the public and will be held by David Cross, the artist and exhibitions officer at Canterbury Museums, at 7.30am on Wednesday 18th May, at the gallery, which is situated on St Peter’s Street, Canterbury.

Henry Moore, 1898 – 1986, was the most celebrated sculptor of his time and he has been seen as the contemporary equivalent of the great Neo Classical sculptors such as Canova and Thorwaldsen.

In 1940, Moore was appointed an official war artist and was commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee to execute drawings of life in underground bomb shelters.  From 1940 to 1943, the artist concentrated almost entirely on drawing.  In 1943, Moore received a commission from the Church of St Matthew, Northampton, to carve a Madonna and Child; this sculpture was the first in an important series of family-group sculptures.

In 1946, Moore was given his first major retrospective abroad by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1946.  He won the International Prize for Sculpture the Venice Biennale of 1948.  Moore executed several important public commissions in the 1950s, among them ‘Reclining Figure, for the UNESCO Building in Paris.

He then went on to win the British Order of Merit in 1963 and in 1978, an exhibition of his work was organised by the Arts Council of Great Britain at the Serpentine in London, at which time he gave many of his sculptures to the Tate Gallery in London.  Moore died in Much Hadham, Herfordshire, on August 31, 1986.

If you are interested in attending the public lecture of Henry Moore’s time in Kent please contact the Sidney Cooper Gallery on 01227 782727. Admission is free.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University College is the largest centre of higher education in Kent for public services – notably teacher training, policing and health and social care. The University College is also a significant provider of programmes in a wide range of academic areas within its Faculties of Arts and Humanities and Business and Sciences.

In the most recent survey of UK higher education institutions, the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE), placed Canterbury Christ Church joint fourteenth for student employability and 35th for average graduate earnings out of 162 institutions. Fifteen of Canterbury Christ Church’s subjects have recently been rated to the equivalent of ‘excellent’ by external assessors of teaching and learning.

From a small independent College of less than five hundred students – all training to be school teachers – in the 1960s, we have grown to 14,000 students and 1,000 staff members with campuses in Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Broadstairs and Chatham. Our teaching and learning facility for health, education and policing students at Chatham is part of the Universities At Medway Project in partnership with the Universities of Greenwich and Kent with Mid-Kent College.

As an outward looking University College and a Church of England foundation, our mission is to provide excellent academic and professional education underpinned by research, scholarship and creative work and by Christian principles and values.

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