Sidney Cooper Gallery



Admission is free, unless stated otherwise.


To book places for free events, please phone the gallery on (01227) 453267 or email


Payments can be made in person at the gallery with cash, card, or by cheque (payable to Canterbury Christ Church University). Alternatively, cheques may be posted to Sidney Cooper Gallery, St Peter's Street, Canterbury, CT1 2BQ. Please include your name, contact details, and the name and date of the event you wish to attend.

The gallery is open Tuesdays - Fridays 10.30am - 5pm, and Saturdays 11.30am - 5pm. The gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays, and in between exhibitions. Please check on the Exhibitions pages for dates.

Drawing Days at the Sidney Cooper Gallery with Roy Eastland

Saturday 15th November, Saturday 22nd November and Saturday 29th November, 10.30am - 4pm, £160 / £130 concessions

Roy Eastland (exhibiting artist) will lead a workshop focusing on Life Drawing as a way to explore the act of Drawing.  Part of the session will include a discussion about his approach to the Art of Drawing and about his work in the current exhibition.  The Drawing session will include a mix of short drawing exercises as well as a series of longer drawings.  He will show a number of his sketchbooks.  The sessions will take place in the Painting Studios in the Sidney Cooper Centre, behind the Sidney Cooper Gallery.

Roy Eastland has a particular interest, and expertise, in Drawing.  He has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions including: The Jerwood Drawing Prize, The BP Portrait Award, The Drawing Room (The Beaney), the Turner Contemporary Open, Telling Stories: Hastings and many other exhibitions.

Tickets can be purchased online here.

Roy Eastland

©Roy Eastland


Reading Series: Peter Benson

Wednesday 19th November, doors open 6pm, 6.30 - 7pm

Peter BensonPeter Benson is the author of novels, short stories and plays, including The Levels, A Lesser Dependency, Two Cows and a Vanful of Smoke, and Isabel's Skin. He has won the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Encore Award. He is published in translation around the world, and has taught at colleges and universities in the UK, France, Ireland and the USA. He is currently writing a novel about fish.

Enjoy the gallery's current exhibition with a glass of wine before the event begins.

Lecture: Art and War

Tuesday 25th November, 5 - 7pm, £6

Through the centuries artists have responded to the experience of war through art. This illustrated lecture will explore art as a historical document and a means of personal expression. It will examine the role of the official war artist and the nature of the war memorial.

Tickets can be purchased online here.


Poetry, memorials and battlefield tourism: Commemorating the First World War

Wednesday 3rd December, 6.30pm

Dr Sally Minogue and Dr Andrew Palmer will speak about the ways we commemorate the First World War with words, stone, and travel. They will read from the poems which feature in the Gallery's current exhibition, Remembering, we Forget: Poets, Artists and the First World War.

Remembering We Forget

© K J Shepherdson

Reading Series: Tibor Fischer

Wednesday 10th December, doors open 6pm, 6.30 - 7pm

Tibor FischerTibor Fischer’s first novel, Under the Frog was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1993. He is the author of four other novels, The Thought Gang, The Collector Collector, Voyage to the End of the Room and Good to be God as well as a collection of short stories Don’t Read This Book If You’re Stupid. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he is Programme Director for the MA in Creative Writing at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Enjoy the gallery's current exhibition with a glass of wine before the event begins.