Sidney Cooper Gallery

Past exhibitions

Andy Baldwin

14th November - 12th December 2009

Opening Times:

Tues - Fri: 11am - 5.30pm

Sat: 12pm - 5.30pm

Kent artist Andy Baldwin enters into the debate of the mechanics of space in his installation of moving images. He is drawn to the concept of 'home', and the character we project onto our own personal space. Baldwin playfully orchestrates a series of moving images of houses. These exteriors which denote shelter, warmth and privacy, form a viewing system which unfolds the identity of each home, whilst maintaining the boundary of the private threshold and the world within.

To view essay about Andy Baldwin by Lecturer James Frost please click here

Gallery Talk: 'A Short History of Kinetic Art'

Saturday 21st November 1- 2pm

By Art History lecturer James Frost. This is a free event so booking is essential. Please contact the gallery for further details.

© Andy Tuohy

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Andy Tuohy

14 November - 12 December 2009

Opening Times:

Tues - Fri: 11am - 5.30pm

Sat: 12pm - 5.30pm

Andy Tuohy has been inspired by Canterbury's unique architecture to create images of the city which take their stylistic cues from 1930's and 40's railway and tourism posters. Of the exhibition Andy says 'This is a wonderful opportunity for me to explore Canterbury and make exciting work around this beautiful and historic part of the country'.

© Andy Tuohy

Humphrey Ocean: Perfectly Ordinary

3 October - 7 November

Opening Times:

Tues - Fri: 11am - 5.30pm

Sat: 12pm - 5.30pm

© Andy BaldwinHumphrey Ocean returns to Canterbury specifically to show in the Sidney Cooper Gallery, on the very floorboards where he first went to art school and life as he knows it began. He has shown at Tate Liverpool, Whitechapel Art Gallery, and the National Portrait Gallery, was artist in residence at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London and is a Royal Academician. He will show new paintings and a series of etchings he has recently started making. Ocean describes his work as how he copes with what people do to his world.

To accompany the exhibition a 48 page, colour hardback catalogue is available with a foreword by David Anfam. Catalogues are 12 and are available from The Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury Christ Church University Bookshop and the Canterbury branch of Waterstones situated in Rose Lane. Catalogues can be purchased over the phone and posted within the UK by contacting the gallery on 01227 453267.

© Humphrey Ocean
gouache on paper

Gallery Talk: Humphrey Ocean
Saturday 24th October 2pm

This is a free event so booking is essential. Please contact the gallery for further details.

The Big Draw

Saturday 10 October 2009
12 - 5.30pm

This is a free event , suitable for all ages. Please contact the gallery for further details.

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Saturday Art Cart

The free art Cart full of drawing materials is available for you to come and explore your creativity in the gallery. Suitable for 3 years upwards available Saturdays 12 – 5pm during exhibitions.

MA Show 2009

MA Show

5 - 19 September 2009

Opening Times:

Tues - Fri: 11am - 5.30pm

Sat: 12pm - 5.30pm

This is an exhibition showcasing graduating students from the Fine Art Masters course at Canterbury Christ Church University.

© Kristiina Sandoe

Burn out detail, © Claire Curtis
© Claire Curtis
Dads planes, © Matthew Hunt
© Matthew Hunt
Nightspirit, © Ban Ruo
© Ban Ruo
Suffragette, © Barbara Colla
© Barbara Colla
Tree, © Vanessa Mancini
© Vanessa Mancini

Mishaps, Mayhem and Mastery

8 - 22 August 2009

An exhibition discussing the bronze casting process through artworks that have been cast by the artists themselves as part of a Kent wide education programme. There will also be a chance to see behind the scenes documentation of the work being made, as well as a film installation of a bronze pour.

This exhibition is part of Meltdowns’ Bronze Award, funded by the Kent County Council’s Arts Development Unit; The Arts Investment Fund

© Simon Steven
© Simon Steven

Meltdowns: Making Space for Art

Kent County Council

Gallery Talk: ‘Bronze Casting Explained’
Friday 7th August 6.45 – 7.15pm

By artist and director of Meltdowns: Stephen Meltdown.
Please contact the gallery for further information.

In the Making

2nd – 15th July 2009

In the MakingThe exhibition is the culmination of the Post Graduate Certificate of Education students' response to this intense and exciting experience of learning to become artist-designer/teachers. The participating students are graduates from the PGCE 11-18 Art and Design, Design Technology and 14-19 Applied Art and Design courses here at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The exhibition is a celebration of their achievements and the strong partnership link between Canterbury Christ Church's Education Faculty and the Secondary schools in Kent and Medway. The exhibition features examples of their own creative practice and their work as teachers in a rich variety of 2D and 3D media and processes. Work that is exhibited is based upon responses to Canterbury Cathedral and Venice, projects they have taught in their Secondary school placements and examples of the students and pupils work from art departments from across the County.

Image: Trinity Chapel - square © Martin Cox

‘Fast Forward’

30th May – 13th June 2009
Work by BA Fine Art students from Canterbury Christ Church University

Fast Forward

A selection of Ceramics, Paintings, Printmaking and sculpture by graduating students and also work by past and future graduates of the Department of Art.


Work by Edward Burtynsky
Saturday 18th April – Saturday 9th May 2009


Edward Burtynsky 'Makrana Marble Quarry #1', Rajasthan, India 2000 Edward Burtynsky courtesy Flowers, London

This exhibition shows a selection of works from internationally renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky’s ‘Quarry’ series. This stunning series of large scale photographs focuses on the effect of industry on the landscape showing images of quarries from around the world, including Italy, Canada and India. These monumental landscapes hold in them an outstanding beauty and sense of scale.

In association with


High Atlas - Billy Childish

Woodcuts and new paintings
14th March - 7th April

 Billy Childish

Billy Childish

International artist - painter, poet and musician Billy Childish is based in Chatham, Kent. In the spring of 2008 he joined the Band of Historical Hill Walkers on a field trip to the Atlas Mountains in North Africa to "make pinhole photographs, draw and paint the scenes before them - taking time to be present and amazed by the world". This exhibition shows the paintings produced in his Whitstable studio as a direct and imagined response to this experience. Also on display are the notebooks and photographs made on the trip as well as books, woodcuts and recent self portraits.

In association with David Lilford Fine Art Limited
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Spirit of the Figure

25 Years of works on paper by Hughie O'Donoghue
7th February - 5th March

'Three Studies for a Crucifixion No 1' Hughie O'Donoghue

Hughie O'Donoghue (b.1953) is one of the most ambitious painters at work today. Often likened to Anselm Kiefer, his subjects are history, memory and myth. At the heart of his work is the reimagining of individual lives such as the hardship of itinerant Irish labourers or the experience of his father in the Second World War.

O'Donoghue's powerful figurative paintings and drawings often draw from the old Masters and have been compared to School of London painters such as Francis Bacon.

This exhibition is the first to explore O'Donoghue's ongoing focus on the predicament of the human figure, in drawings and prints spanning twenty-five years. It emphasises the evolution of the artist and the seriousness of his engagement with printmaking. The exhibition will also include several works which have never previously been exhibited.

The exhibition is being held in association with James Hyman Gallery, London.

On Hughie O'Donohue's 'Three Studies for a Crucifixion II' (2000)

James Frost 2009

When Mark Rothko designed his murals for the Rothko Chapel, Houston, he was well aware of the symbolism of the triptych. A complete and coherent theology is already bound up in this form before any consideration of figurative content or, in Rothko's case, its absence. St Augustine of Hippo was the first to formulate the doctrine of the Trinity, the indivisible three-in-oneness of divine nature; Father, Son and Holy Ghost are separate but paradoxically whole as the Godhead. From Bosch to Bacon this inherent symbolism has been lashed to the artists' unique choice of motifs and personal associations. O'Donohue also works with it, not only in this piece but in other combinations of images such as the grouping of 'Laocoon' (1989), 'Deposition after Rembrandt' (c.1989), and 'Immersed Figure' (c.1990).

Since Augustine's time the scriptures have been interrogated for their trinities; three Mary's, three theological virtues. For his 'Study for the Crucifixion' O'Donohue has picked out an especially potent trinity: the crucified Christ flanked by two thieves. As a whole it is a picture of mankind, two thirds sunk in sin and one third redeemed, two thirds fallen and one third about to rise again, two thirds criminal and one third King of the Jews. And yet, through the thick treacle-like appearance of the carborundum print they are equal; damaged, faceless, writhing, tortured souls. Their forms solidify as rock-like matter, spattered with pitch black carbon; they become monochromatic stone altars splashed with the blood of sacrifice. Beneath the left-hand figure we glimpse the land - but it is more like a rolling, dark, tumultuous ocean and holds no comfort. On the right-hand figure, over his rib cage, there is a shape, perhaps accidental, like a branded Star of David - two triangles overlaid one upon the other, two trinities, two worlds interpenetrating one another.

Is there redemption in this image? No, this is the darkest 'dark night of the soul', the moment of doubt. But the coming redemption for one will be redemption for all three; that is the nature of atonement.

Picture: 'Three Studies for a Crucifixion No 1' Hughie O'Donoghue

Artists Of Tomorrow

Artists of Tomorrow

10th - 24th January 2009

This years exhibition showcases selected artworks from the following schools:

  • Astor College for the Arts
  • Herne Bay High School
  • The Canterbury High School
  • Kent College
  • Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School
  • The Harvey Grammar School.

This exhibition supports the Olympic value of "Inspiration"

Picture: 'Sleeping Beauty' by Gholam Saghi Ramzani, The Canterbury High School