About the gallery
The Sidney Cooper Gallery opened in March 2004. The inaugural exhibition featured the work of 19 Artists, staff and students, from the Art and Media Departments at Canterbury Christ Church University.
The building was originally designed to house an art school founded in 1882 by the famous British cattle painter, Thomas Sidney Cooper. Rupert Bear creator, Mary Tourtel, was one of the school's most famous students, receiving lessons on landscape and animal painting there.
The premises have been used for a variety or purposes over the years. However, it was Thomas Sidney Cooper's wish that the building continued to be used for artistic endeavour.
Its renovation by the University revitalises that vision.
In addition to the new gallery, the original painting studio is now used once more for its intended purpose by students of the Department of Art and Design.