22 March 2011
With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games approaching, Canterbury Christ Church University's Sidney Cooper Gallery celebrates sports and art by hosting an exciting exhibition, as part of the Creative Campus Initiative.
‘The improbable curve’ will showcase the vision of creative staff, students and pupils across the South East, presenting digital-media and animation work, film and photography projects and music-based activities.
Hazel Stone, Curator for the University, said: “The Improbable Curve includes photographs by children as young as three and four years old, engaging animations by pupils from over 50 local schools and documentary films by graduates of Canterbury Christ Church University.
“As it was put together under the Cultural Olympiad theme of ‘Welcoming the World’, this exhibition will offer an overview into the fantastic richness of diversity within university campus activity, as well as valuable community engagement.”
The Gallery will also be hosting a film evening on Tuesday 29 March, showing a selection of the best film work from the initial phase of the Creative Campus Initiative across the South-East. These include:
• ‘Le Rêve de Newton’ - Juan Delgado's atmospheric three-screen projection, focusing on concepts of remembrance, sport and landscape
• ‘Spectators’ - Chris Yeats’ enigmatic film made by working with Kent-based equestrian, Tom Dymond
• ‘Degree of Difficulty’ - by Lawrence Llewellyn, a film that captures both the athletic and aesthetic qualities of elite diving
• ‘Art Sport Art Sport Art Sport’ a playful animation by Dan Richards questioning the links between art and sport.
The film screening is free to attend and will start at 6pm.
‘The Improbable Curve’ exhibition takes place between 26 March and 2 April at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, St Peter’s Street, Canterbury. The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday, 11am-5.30pm and Saturday 12pm-5.30pm.
Universities across the UK have joined forces under the banner of the Creative Campus Initiative to create a programme of innovative and dynamic cultural events inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.
Creative Campus Initiative is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council of England and is an initiative of the HE Cultural Forum.
Creative Campus Initiative aims to:
• Open up and share the cultural resources of campuses in the UK to provide access to world leading, practice-based research in the arts.
• Engage leading artists to collaborate with students, academics and local communities.
• Create and present high quality new artworks and cultural events inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
• Raise the aspirations, skills and economic potential of young people by exploring relationships between sport and the arts in innovative ways.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
• As a leading provider of teaching and health care courses we have produced nearly 3,500 health and social care professionals and 7,000 teachers in the last five years.
• Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
• Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
• Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.