Sidney Cooper Gallery

Past exhibitions

Fictional Hybrids, Vera Möller

25th November - 17th December

Vera Möller was Stour Valley Arts’ artist in residence in King’s Wood in 2009 as part of an Australian Exchange programme between Stour Valley Arts and Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne. Möller’s exhibition Fictional Hybrids is the result of this intensive period of research and her response to the botanically diverse King’s Wood site.

Vera Möller has trained in botanical science and theology and these studies inform her artistic practice. Möller’s subjects are imaginary species of fungi – mutant protrusions on the forest floor that are close enough to reality to seem plausible. She delights in the surreal aspects of these forms.

As Möller says, ‘The themes I pursue in my practice have been manifold and could be characterised as a sustained examination of the fluid boundaries between 'naturalia' and 'artificialia', biotech and nature, the real and the imagined. Particular subjects I continue to explore are notions of hybridity in biology and ideas relating to hypothetical or imaginary specimens.’

This exhibition is in association with Stour Valley Arts.

King’s Wood walk with the artist on 27th November 11am

King’s Wood Artist’s Walk

Sunday 27th November 11am
Free event, booking essential.

To book a place and for further information, please call Stour Valley Arts on 01233 664987


Arts Victoria

Bee Museum (detail) © Steve Melton

Red List
30th September - 12th November

The Red List is an exhibition of extraordinary work by artists who explore issues such as invasion, extinction, threat and ownership in their practice. Employing a diverse range of media, process and materials which question our associations with them and the natural world, unusual and exciting dialogues are developed. Artists included in this exhibition include Neeta Madahar, Paul Hazelton, Stephen Melton, Ben Rowley and Richard Barnes.

Read more about the work of the Ecology Research Group and the Geography and Life Sciences Department at Canterbury Christ Church University.

In Association with the Foley Gallery, New York and Purdy Hicks, London

Painting on film\16mm Experimental Animation workshop
Saturday 22nd October

10.30am-1.30pm, 3.30pm screening of the works made in the workshop

Artist and filmmaker Ben Rowley will lead you through an exciting process of painting directly on film. Participants will be painting, scratching and generally doing all sorts of strange things to celluloid frame by frame in the tradition of Len Lye, Norman Mclaren, Stan Brakhage and others. A showcase of the film produced will be screened in the gallery later in the afternoon.

Price £5
Age from 12yrs upwards
No experience necessary

Emerging from Canterbury the graduate shows
Saturday 3th – Friday 30th September

Featuring work of artists from Canterbury's recent degree shows

View graduate works of art online-only at

Jelly Waltzer Sign © Dave Cutts 2011

MA Show
3rd - 17th September

This MA Fine Art graduating exhibition profiles work ranging from painting, printing installation, film and drawings in which the artists respond contemporaneously to subjects ranging from landscape to means of investigating representation and image. There is a sense of fresh emerging talent that is not shy of hands on expression and intelligent discourse.

Canterbury Society of Arts and East Kent Art Society Joint Exhibition
Friday 5th – Saturday 20th August

This exhibition is an exciting, eclectic mix of work from two of Kent’s longest standing Art Societies. With almost 200 members between the groups, the exhibition will display the vibrant and imaginative use of a variety of mediums to create visual images, both traditional and contemporary.

BA Degree Show
28th May – 11th June

The B.A. Degree Show will take place on three sites – Painting & Print in the Sidney Cooper Gallery and Centre, Ceramics on the 2nd Floor of Augustine House and Sculpture in the Augustine Art Centre. This exhibition celebrates the great scope of work produced by the undergraduate students and, for each individual it marks the culmination of three years hard work.

Evening Classes
Ceramics: Handbuilding and Throwing Evening Classes in the Augustine Art Centre, Canterbury Christ Church University. For further details contact Kent Adult Education on 0845 606 5606 or log on to

© Pete Webster

In The Making
PGCE Exhibition
30th June – 13th July

This 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.

© Aurelija Pakeltyte

Graduate Photography Show 2011
30th June - 14th July

The B.A. Photography Degree Show celebrates the very first wave of photographers to be graduating from Canterbury Christ Church University. This exhibition will show an eclectic range of photographs utilizing digital, analog and mixed media.

London & New York
Flowers Editions
9th -30th April

Angela Flowers established her first gallery in 1970 on Lisle Street in London's West End. The print publishing department was later established in the 1980s to encourage gallery artists – who may or may not have been print-makers - to produce works in the medium. From the beginning there has been a varied and challenging publishing programme, working with various master printers to produce editions of prints by gallery artists, which can be found in public and private collections around the world.

Artists include Glen Baxter, John Bellany RA, Derek Boshier, Boyd and Evans, Stephen Chambers RA, Bernard Cohen, Ken Currie, Terry Frost RA, Nicola Hicks, Peter Howson, Patrick Hughes, Lucy Jones, John Keane, John Kirby, Michael Kidner RA, Tim Mara, Jiro Osuga, Freya Payne, Tom Phillips RA, Carol Robertson, Michael Rothenstein, Tai-Shan Schierenberg, Richard Smith, Jack Smith and Trevor Sutton.

In Association with Flowers

© Image Daniel Setford and Albert van Der Meer

The Improbable Curve
The Creative Campus Initiative
26th March - 2nd April

The Creative Campus Initiative has opened up opportunities for creative staff and students across Higher Education Institutions in the South East. Over 100 new art projects have been commissioned and Canterbury Christ Church University is proud to present the outcome of their collaborative approach. With Widening Participation and community engagement at the core of these projects, the Improbable Curve takes the viewer through a journey of digital animation, film and music based activities inspired by the Olympic Ideals.

Pass The Passion and 2012 Dreams @ Animate and Create, Projects delivered by Dan Richards

Film Screening at the Sidney Cooper Gallery
Tuesday, 29 March 2011

An opportunity to see film work produced by both Canterbury Christ Church University and other Creative Campus Initiative universities across the South East and meet the artists who produced them.

Moving image and digital media artists across the South East have interrogated the London 2012 Games, used the Olympic and Paralympic theme as spring-boards for inquiry, and made their own considered filmic responses.

Films included in the screening:

  • ‘Le Rêve de Newton’ - Juan Delgado's atmospheric three-screen projection, focusing on concepts of remembrance, sport and landscape
  • ‘Spectators’ - Chris Yeats’ enigmatic film made by working with Kent-based equestrian, Tom Dymond
  • ‘Degree of Difficulty’ - by Laurence Llewellyn and Elle Sillanpaa, a film that captures both the athletic and aesthetic qualities of elite diving
  • ‘Art Sport Art Sport Art Sport’ a playful animation by Dan Richards questioning the links between art and sport.

Painting Beyond the Millennium
Derrick Greaves
5th- 26th February

Derrick Greaves now in his eighties, is one of the most important British painters of the last half century. Beyond the Millennium presents paintings spanning the last decade to reveal how Greaves continues to work at the height of his powers and take new paths to both surprise and delight. The exhibition emphasises not only the artist’s continuing creativity as a painter, but also the centrality of print-making to his practice as an artist.

This exhibition is in association with the James Hyman Fine Art.

Urban Landscapes
Artists of Tomorrow
8th - 22nd January 2011

Following on from the success of the previous artist’s of tomorrow exhibitions, the Sidney Cooper Gallery is pleased to be showcasing work from five secondary schools in Kent responding in the widest possible sense to the theme of urban landscapes.

This year’s participating schools are:
Astor College for the Arts
Homewood School
Weald of Kent Grammar School for Girls
Norton Knatchbull
Harvey Grammar School for Boys