Sidney Cooper Gallery

Future Exhibitions

Yet, 2005, Adam Chodzko. Production still from single screen video. Courtesy the artist.

Adam Chodzko

Design for a Fold
16 October – 21 November 2015
Preview: Thursday 15 October 2015, 6 – 8pm

Adam Chodzko’s art explores the interactions and possibilities of human behaviour. Exhibiting internationally since 1991, Chodzko works across media, from video installation to subtle interventions, with a practice that is situated both within the gallery and the wider public realm. His work investigates and invents possibilities of collective imagination in order to reveal the realities and fantasies that might emerge from the processes of engagement his practice evolves.

Design for a Fold is a new installation incorporating many of Chodzko’s works made ‘locally’ since 2001, mapping his particular engagement with diverse places, times and communities around where he lives and works in Whitstable, Kent, alongside new work which seeks to root, or fold, the idea of the local within another, apparently remote, alien and distant place; Beppu, Japan.

Chodzko proposes a new understanding of Kent, that questions assumptions of who, what, when and where we might be. Design for a Fold suggests, through a recontextualising of his archive of artwork, new, dynamic and global connections that weave together the real and hidden with collective mythology and imagination.

This exhibition has been kindly supported by the Elephant Trust.


Adam Chodzko will be in conversation with Dr. Andy Birtwistle, Director of The Centre for Practice-Based Research in the Arts at Canterbury Christ Church University, on Thursday 15 October. On Tuesday 27 October, Hannah Conroy, Curator of Folkestone Artworks, will give a talk on Adam Chodzko’s practice in relation to place. More information, and to book.


26 - 28 November 2015

Inside/Outside is an installation and performance for three musicians based on a concept by Nguyen Thanh Thuy. Adopting a gender perspective on how traditional Vietnamese music is presented in Vietnamese TV shows, the installation relays musical fragments and stories told by the individual musicians, that place their performance against a tension between traditional Vietnamese culture and a globalized society.

In this captivating live performance installation, performers dressed in traditional costumes question the cultural norm. Premiering for the first time in the UK, music by The Six Tones (Nguyen Thanh Thuy, Ngo Tra My, Stefan Östersjö) and Matt Wright, build layer upon layer of material from two traditional Vietnamese pieces, with accompanying choreography by Marie Fahlin, is based on analysis of gesture in Vietnamese TV shows.

The installation is presented with support from the Swedish Research Council.

Image: Copse, 2011, Alastair Mackie. Courtesy the artist.

Alistair Mackie

Selected Works
9 December 2015 – 30 January 2016
Preview: Tuesday 8 December 2015, 6 – 8pm

Alastair Mackie’s practice explores states of being, often disrupting the order of nature’s processes into new systems which reference both the natural and unnatural worlds and their meeting points. This exhibition survey’s five key works from the artist’s recent practice showcasing Mackie’s seminal 2011 Copse installation, an alluring and uncanny plantation of pine trees, trimmed and positioned on turned ends throughout the gallery space. Alongside this sit House, 2008, a haunting facsimile of a dolls house fabricated from reconstituted wasps nests to his more recent 2014 Canopy and 2015 Mud Form sculptures. In his work is a richness in methodology and ambiguity which positions Alastair Mackie as one of the most interesting sculptors practicing in the UK today.

Born in 1977, Mackie has shown extensively in the UK and internationally, including exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery, London, the Venice Biennale and the Reykjavik Art Museum. He has worked on a number of public commissions including Mimetes Anon, commissioned by the Contemporary Art Society for the Economist Plaza in St. James’ – London in 2009. His work is held in collections including: The Olbricht Collection – Berlin, the Salsali Private Museum – Dubai, and the Wellcome Collection – London.

Image: House, 2008, Alastair Mackie. Wasp nests, steel and glass base. Courtesy the artist.

Exhibiting artist Alistair Mackie will be in conversation with theorist Kath Abiker on Tuesday 8 December, 5 - 6pm. Book online

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.