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Fine art degree show illustrates life with dementia

23 May 2012

Twenty five final year Fine and Applied Art students from Canterbury Christ Church University will exhibit their work at a remarkable exhibition at the Sidney Cooper Gallery opening later this week (26 May - 9 June 2012).

A selection of ceramics, part of Ann Lloyd's collection
A selection of ceramics, part of Ann Lloyd's collection

One installation in particular touchingly investigates family and memory, and will be exhibited for the first time during Dementia Awareness Week 2012.

The contemplative work by Ann Lloyd expresses the fragility of memory through ceramics, whilst fragments of life memories are also shown through old film. One piece from the collection helps visualise short term memory loss, by illustrating a repeated journey back and forth to the window and armchair using pieces of string.

Maggie Williams, Programme Director for Fine and Applied Arts at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “Ann Lloyd is a mature student who had previously worked in the caring sector and has brought real insight from both her previous career and family experiences. During her time as a student she married and has had a child and the poignancy of old and new memories are captured in her work.

“We encourage our students to develop their own creative voice and way of expression. This year’s exhibition exemplifies this; artworks explore very individual ideas and interpretations. To have such an eclectic mix of work within one gallery space makes a very unique and thought-provoking exhibition.”

Utilising various media, including ceramics, glass, film, paintings, prints and sculpture, the exhibition runs throughout the Sidney Cooper Gallery and its studios. Some students are using whole room installations for their work.

A piece from a collection by Jack Vaughan
A piece from a collection by Jack Vaughan

A large-scale installation using electrical wire formations by Naomi Eaton-Baudains, based on her research and drawings at Thanet Earth, occupies a whole room off the main gallery, whilst an entire wall of the main gallery is amassed with over 2,000 tiny porcelain forms, reminiscent of shells and undersea creatures, by Susan Mount.

The fragility and translucency of glass features in the work of Nick Berry and Nick Hall’s dynamic prints are inspired by the isolation of people in the urban environment. Jack Vaughan, who intends to pursue a career in teaching, exhibits work inspired by the poignancy of children’s drawings.

For most of the students the exhibition is not the end of their journey. Many have already secured places on PGCE programmes or have applied for postgraduate degrees to continue their studies and research. Some also intend to set up as practising artists and continue exhibiting.

The exhibition is open from 26 May 2012 – 9 June 2012 at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, St Peter’s Street, Canterbury CT1 2BQ. The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from10.30am – 5pm, Saturday 11.30am to 5pm and is closed Sundays and Mondays. Admission is free and disabled access is available.

For more information on the exhibition, visit: http://www.cccudegreeshow.co.uk/, telephone: 01227 453267, email gallery@canterbury.ac.uk or log on to www.canterbury.ac.uk/sidney-cooper.

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Notes to Editor

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 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • 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

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