Sidney Cooper Gallery

Sea Change
22nd January - 19th March 2005

Large Sea Change image

smaller Sea Change imagePaintings by Susan Haire with music collaboration

Sea Change is an exhibition of large installation paintings made by Susan Haire especially for the Gallery and inspired by a musical collaboration. Her chance-based paintings endeavour to express the primordial vastness of the sea and to explore various kinds of sea change.

Susan Haire has collaborated with composers Nils Schweckendiek, Christopher Willis and Andrew Gower and past and present students from the University College Music Department: Stephen Clee, Mykl, Stuart Duncan, Simon Henry, John Pell, Livia Sevier and Paul Terry. Recordings of their music will be playing in the Gallery throughout the exhibition. There will also be a full programme of concerts and other events.

Sea Change is the first exhibition to take place in this year's Sounds New, the prestigious, Canterbury based contemporary music festival. All of the associated events listed below come under its umbrella.

Amy Page and David Ncube, students from the ChristChurch Media Department, have made a film that follows the development of the collaboration which will be showing in the gallery projection room throughout the exhibition.

A comprehensive catalogue of the exhibition and collaboration is available from the gallery.

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Free concerts

23 February, 5pm
Sidney Cooper Gallery

Christopher Willis and Nils Schweckendiek have composed pieces for Sea Change. They will be performed by the Bergamo Ensemble, directed by Dr Michael Downes, as an informal concert. This is an opportunity to meet the composers and performers and have refreshments before their Sounds New concert that evening.

5 March, 12 noon
Sidney Cooper Gallery

Guitarist Mykl performs his own compositions as well as works by Benjamin Britten (Nocturnal), Stephen Clee and others.

10 March, 1pm
St Gregory's Centre for Music

The Master’s Ensemble perform music by John Pell, Paul Terry, Andrew Gower, Stuart Duncan and Stephen Clee, directed by Paul Max Edlin. (St Gregory's is the former church located in North Holmes Road Canterbury, CT1 1QU)

Concerts at the Sidney Cooper Gallery will be followed by informal discussion. All members of the public are invited to take part.

Free lectures in the gallery space

22 January, 3-5pm

Susan will give an informal talk about the collaboration with the composers and the work she has created for the exhibition.

11 February, 5.30-7.30pm

Susan will discuss her residency in the gallery and the work created as a result. Spaces limited. Please contact the gallery to reserve a place.

Residency at the gallery

28 January - 11 February

Susan Haire will be making paintings in response to music in the gallery space during gallery opening hours. The public are invited to engage with her whilst observing the exhibition.

We regret that the gallery is not yet accessible to wheelchair users. We are currently working
towards a solution for this