Sidney Cooper Gallery

Past exhibitions

SCG Contemporary print fair 2010

Opening Times

Friday 17th December 11am - 5.30pm
Saturday 18th December 11am - 5.30pm
Sunday 19th December 11am - 5.30pm

December 2010 sees the Sidney Cooper Gallery’s inaugural contemporary print fair, hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University. Bringing the best contemporary print to Canterbury from local, national and international artists. All artworks are for sale.

Print workshops

Collagraph Thursday 16th December 1-4pm
Carborundum Friday 17th December 1-4pm
Etching Saturday 18th December 10am – 1pm
40 per session including materials

Image David Frankel 2010

David Frankel Departure Point
Gallery one
24th November - 8th December 2010

David Frankel is drawn to places or objects that have been left behind by the advance of time...Sites rather than landscapes: places where something has happened and left a trace of its self whether that event was a war, the ebb and flow of history, or the mundane and insignificant changes that go unnoticed by all but those who witness them. These places can be remote or close by, existing just outside of our usual line of sight or just beyond our memory.

The finished paintings are informed by the experience of being in a given place, but the emotional response is tempered by a need to document, by drawing and photographing the site in an attempt to capture its particular atmosphere and detail. Using this gathered material, ideas are explored further in the studio to ultimately create a resonance between experiences and memories of the artist and those of the viewer.

Past subjects have included the abandoned paraphernalia of two world wars, the lost villages of the highland clearances and disused industrial sites as well as more intimate subjects such as abandoned vehicles and domestic buildings.

'I find abandoned structures particularly interesting: The abandonment of a place denotes a moment of change when a way of life was lost or an idea abandoned, either on a historical or a personal scale.'
David Frankel

Bob Stone
Exhibition Gallery Talk Saturday 4th Dec
Saturday 4th Dec 2 - 3 pm

Harold and Barbara In Remembrance showcases a series of works by artist and lecturer Bob Stone. Looking at his mother’s relationship with Harold Gomar who died at the age of 23 as an infantry man in North Africa, he will convey how he made his eureka breakthrough in tackling the subject that allowed him to cross biographical narrative into the realm of associative imagery.

The gallery discussion on Bob Stone’s exhibition will involve the artist talking in front of his work supplemented by an additional power point presentation that will explore how he came to arrive at the body of interrelated images. He will convey how he made his “Eureka” breakthrough in tackling the subject that allowed him to cross biographical narrative into the realm of associative imagery. Key to this is his understanding of the role that drawing played in relation to the imagery. In this respect he will discuss the role of imaginative recall and association that drawing can access. For him it is the essential role that drawing plays both separately and in the paintings. Once the ball is set rolling he sees himself as freely cross referencing the subject with reoccurring motifs that reconfigure themselves into new and hoped for surprising compositions. The process is not seen as static and once painting the artist does not rest with literally following a proscribed drawing but continues to draw and make changes in the definition of the painting .It is not only within the image that meaning occurs but it is within the physical making and structuring of the image that the artist engages himself and the viewer with an appeal to his/ their visceral , tactile and optical sensations, these are seen as atavistically meaningful.
The artist will open the floor to the audience by way of discussion and response to questions from people.

Fall out: War and Conflict in the British Council Collection

2nd October – 13th November

Opening Times:

Tues-Fri: 11am - 5:30pm

Sat: 12 noon - 5.30pm

Spanning over 90 years of artistic engagement with war and conflict, from Paul Nash's energetic lithographs (1918) produced from his sketches of the front line at Ypres, to Mat Collishaw's Deliverance Daguerreotype's (2008) inspired by reportage images from the 2004 school siege in Beslan, Russia. Fall Out showcases works selected from the British Council collection by winner of the British Council's international competition to find 'The Fifth Curator', Theodor Ringborg.


Image: Henry Moore, Row of Sleepers 1941
The Henry Moore Foundation.
All Rights Reserved, DACS 2010.

Public lecture
Fish and Sandwich: art and cultural politics

Tuesday 19 October
Time: 6 pm

Andrea Rose, Director of Visual Arts, British Council


Old Sessions House, 0g46 North Holmes Campus, Canterbury Please contact 01227 782266 to book a seat

Big Draw
free event

Saturday 9th October 11am-4pm

We need you

Come along and help artist Lisa Hawkins re-create three of the artworks on show in ‘Fall Out: War and Conflict in the British Council Collection’ at the Sidney Cooper Gallery. Collect your free ration bag of art materials at the reception and draw for victory!

This free one day event is part of the nationwide Big Draw and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Please contact the gallery for further information.

MA Show

4th Sept – 18th Sept

Opening Times:

Mon-Fri: 11am - 5:30pm

Sat: 12 noon - 5.30pm

An exhibition by a group of six graduating Fine Art masters students who, in addition to developing individual creative interests in a range of visual forms, explore common themes such as, place, memory, energy, transformation, appearance, tradition and discovery.

For more information or to take part in the SCG Contempory print fair 2010

Sculpture by Maggie Baur

Form and Influence
Pure Form

7 August – 21 August

Opening Times:

Mon-Fri: 11am - 5:30pm

Sat: 12 noon - 5.30pm

Form and Influence, is an exhibition of works by the Pure Form sculpture group as part of the community fortnight. Under the directorship of Patrick Crouch, the group practice direct stone carving inspired by artists such as Epstein, Moore and Brancusi. With over 60 members, the exhibition will showcase the range of inspiration through carved form in stone, wood with accompanying drawings.

Carving workshops

Location: Augustine Art Centre
Age: 16yrs and over, suitable for all abilities
Price: 30 per session
10am – 4pm

Saturday 7th August
Saturday 14th August
Saturday 21st August

Please contact the gallery for further information.

Sculpture by Maggie Baur Photograph: Richard Wilson

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In The Making

In the Making

30 June – 14th July

Opening Times:

Mon-Fri: 11am - 5:30pm

Sat: 12 noon - 5.30pm

This show is the culmination of the Post Graduate Certificate of Education students’ response to the 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 at Canterbury Christ Church University. The show is a celebration of the students achievements and the strong partnership link between the University’s Faculty of Education and secondary schools in Kent and Medway.

The show features examples of students own creative practice and their work as teachers in a rich variety of 2D and 3D media and processes.

Pete Webster

Those That Can Should

Tuesday 6th July


18:30 - 19:30pm

Artists and lecturers Pete Webster and Paul Seton will be giving a gallery talk on the artist / designer teacher model.

Places are free, please contact the gallery to reserve as seat.

Jospeh Sevier

Joseph Sevier
Portraits in the Artist’s Studio

16 June – 19 June

Opening Times:

Mon-Fri: 11am - 5:30pm

Sat: 12 noon - 5.30pm

Leaving behind the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico, 20 years ago, Joseph Sevier set up his studio in a beautiful walled garden in Sandwich, Kent. Nature’s thriving generosity and abundance found its way into his unique vast canvases. Flowers fill the painted surfaces to bursting point. Over the years visitors to the studio have agreed to sit for paintings. Now for the first time, Joseph Sevier’s portraits, including that of the Vice Chancellor – Professor Michael Wright who is retiring, can be seen in the perfect context, surrounded by large flower paintings. This show brings together the people and the imaginative studio world to which they came to be painted.

Millennium Portrait commissioned from Joseph Sevier by the then Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Jennifer Samper.

Canterbury City Council 2010.

Inner Space Memorials

BA Fine & Applied Art
Degree Show

29th May - 10th June

Opening Times:

Mon-Fri: 11am - 5:30pm

Sat: 12 noon - 5.30pm

This exhibition highlights the work of graduating BA Fine & Applied Art students from Canterbury Christ Church University Department of Art.

Works include ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and painting.

Abigail Dengate

Inner Space Memorials

Janek Schaefer

10th May - 11th May

Opening Times:

Mon: 6pm - 8pm

Tues: 11pm - 5.30pm

In April 2009, the pioneering novelist JG Ballard died, leaving a legacy that has inspired generations of creative thinkers.

His central treatise explored what he referred to as 'Inner Space' [rather than outer space]. Sound Artist Janek Schaefer lived a mile from his home.

Over the last 15 years he has been creating a series of projects that celebrate Ballard's life and work, and will be creating a new version of his 'Inner Space Memorial [for JG Ballard]' sound sculpture, where loudspeakers play sound back into themselves, amplifying the inner void. Joining him for this group show, a team of local sound artists from CCCU's Creative Music Technology programme will each be producing a mixed media sound installation inspired by reading Ballard's work. The exhibits are experienced by plugging your headphones directly into them. Immerse yourself in a Ballardian sound spectacle one year on.

The Shoe (Panerama Detail 2009)

Euphemia MacTavish
'The Shoe' Detail
of a panorama 2009

Euphemia MacTavish
Gallery One
17th April - 8th May

Opening Times:

Tues - Fri: 11am - 5.30pm

Sat: 12pm - 5.30pm

Euphemia MacTavish makes drawings and prints from an intense engagement with a specific place. Her observations have become an autonomous signature for everyday occurrences, a personal political stance. Her most recent works the panoramas and 'Castles in the Air' come from anger about war, destruction and the build-break-build fashion in town planning. The shoe is women and men.


Poppy Field in Wind and Rain

George Rowlett

17th April - 8th May

Opening Times:

Tues - Fri: 11am - 5.30pm

Sat: 12pm - 5.30pm

Immersing himself in the landscape around him George Rowlett has developed a body of work that captures the essence of light and colour through a direct and inventive application of paint. The richness of the impasto surface that he achieves sets these paintings apart bringing an exciting dialogue between image and surface, light and form. The exhibition will also include still life paintings and self portraits. This exhibition is in collaboration with Art Space Gallery, Michael Richardson Contemporary Art.

Image George Rowlett, Poppy Field in Wind and Rain, St. Margaret's 2007

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Canterbury: England's Crucible

6th Feb and 27th March

Opening Times:

Tues - Fri: 11am - 5.30pm

Sat: 12pm - 5.30pm

Canterbury: England's Crucible 1000 years of Canterbury's history from St Augustine to the Tudors February 6th - March 27th 2010 The university's History Department has worked in close partnership with Canterbury Archaeological Trust (CAT) to produce this exciting exhibition which explores how the city has developed from AD 597 when St Augustine arrived on a mission from Rome. It includes specially commissioned illustrated colour panels, a giant model of the city, archaeological treasures including a human skeleton and interactives for children. The exhibition has been designed for a family audience. School parties are welcome by arrangement. All visitors will receive a free city trail and a childrens' book is available. This exhibition is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

FREE medieval puppet shows every Saturday at 12.30am, 2pm and 4pm from the Theatre of the Small

Free lectures: Tuesday 23rd February at 6pm . Dr Andrew Richardson( CAT). "Early Canterbury and the Augustinian Mission". Thursday March 4th at 6pm. Marion Green (CAT). "Not just a load of old rubbish- the educational use of archaeological material by the Canterbury Archaeological Trust." Booking essential on 01227 782266

Study Day Saturday 20th February 11am - 4pm Old Sessions House Longport. The university will be holding a FREE study day on the history of Canterbury from 597 -1603 to coincide with this exhibition. Come and hear about the latest historical research on Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and Tudor Canterbury. Speakers include Dr Charles Insley, Dr Richard Eales and Dr Sheila Sweetinburgh.

For further details and to register please contact Prof Jackie Eales, Canterbury Christ Church University, N Holmes Road, Canterbury CT1 1 QU tel:01227 454700, "e-mail jackie.eales Exhibition website from February :

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Round Hole, Sarah Blood

Sarah Blood

Gallery One
9th January - 23rd January 2010

Opening Times:

Tues - Fri: 11am - 5.30pm

Sat: 12pm - 5.30pm

Sarah Blood's work responds to personal experiences such as memory, mortality and the human condition. Her primary medium is light, which is explored through glass, luminous gasses and mixed media to create abstract works that invite association to minimalist sculpture. Blood exhibits widely throughout the world including UK, Europe, Hong Kong, the Arab Emirates and USA. She is currently based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. A departure from her usual working practice, CariBoo and Duck! are Sarah Blood's latest creations, a light-hearted, satirical take on traditional hunting trophies.

"Artists rarely make work things for themselves. Born from a desire to have some cool neon in my home, this work was developed because I Want It!"
Sarah Blood

Image: Round Hole 1-0 Square Peg 2008, stoneware, flameworked glass, argon, 27x27x16cm
Photographer: Ester Segarra

© Animators of Tomorrow

Animators of Tomorrow.

9th January - 23rd January 2010

Opening Times:

Tues - Fri: 11am - 5.30pm

Sat: 12pm - 5.30pm

Celebrating the emerging talent of young animators in Kent, this year's Artists of Tomorrow exhibition focuses on the moving image. Showcasing exciting new works produced by Anifest's 'Home Grown Talent', KRAN'S Riverside Project 'Home to Home' and films from over 50 schools in Kent, including work commissioned by Canterbury Christ Church University as part of the Creative Campus Initiative.

Animation workshops

1. 'Shell-lympics' model animation workshop Saturday 9th January 11am - 3pm Come along and make your own snail racer and animate your own snail sprint and see where they finish on the podium. Suitable for 8 to 12 year olds. Price 15 Booking essential.

2. The Games come to town!... Cut Out animation workshop Saturday 16th January 11am - 3pm Come along and create your own Olympic event and turn it into a cut out animation. Suitable for 8 to 12 year olds. Price 15 Booking essential.

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