Sidney Cooper Gallery

Past exhibitions

John Copnall Paintings

27th September - 1st November

Stripes, John Copnall

John Copnall, Stripes (1971) Acrylic on canvas, courtesy the artist’s estate

The Sidney Cooper Gallery is proud to present a selection of works by acclaimed painter John Copnall (1928-2007). Son of sculptor Bainbridge Copnall, John studied painting at the Sir John Cass College before enrolling at the Royal Academy in 1949. Later John became an influential lecturer and for many years taught at the Central School of Art & Design and at the Canterbury College of Art. During this time he continued to exhibit widely having solo shows at the ICA, Ikon gallery Birmingham  and De la Warr Pavillion and was elected to The London Group in 1989.

MAFAA Graduating Exhibition 2014
6th - 20th September

This exhibition of five graduating students celebrates the end of the Masters in Fine and Applied Art programme. Their work involves a range of disciplines from painting, sculpture and installation, which address contemporary approaches to Fine Art, while maintaining a belief in  a hands on approach towards creativity and the use of materials. Subjects veer towards the environment, with re-located object trouvés, Neo-Romantic landscapes of existential place, auto suggestive drawings and sci-fi meets the anthropomorphic, creating an exciting collision of engagement and practice.

Olivia McDonagh

© Olivia McDonagh

Beyond the View: Reframing the Sunbeam Photographic Collection

11th July - 22nd August

Preview night: Thursday 10th July, 6.30 - 8.30pm

The exhibition provides rare public access to the vast Sunbeam Photographic Collection, and related images by the internationally recognised photographers Tony Ray Jones and John Hinde, and seeks to reconsider, reimagine and reveal both the quality and cultural significance of these exquisite images. The photographs document life in the South East of England from 1917 - 1976 and capture social history through political, civic and ceremonial events.

J Challenor

© J Challenor



CCCU Digital Design Degree Show

25th June - 2nd July

Designers across the disciplines taught at Canterbury Christ Church University showcase a single project each from graphics, web and motion graphics with exhibited work including video animation, interactive and responsive digital design, typography, book design and print. re: communication is led, curated and organised by the final year students and provides a great opportunity to see the work of tomorrow's leading creatives.

It's Nice That Newspaper, Elliot Galbraith

© It's Nice That Newspaper, Elliot Galbraith, photo by Shaun Staunton

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BA Photography

6th - 14th June

The Graduate Show 2014 celebrates students' achievements and showcases extracts from their final year photographic projects. Students will be exhibiting a wide range of work from their individual portfolios, including examples of portraiture, fine art, landscape and documentary photography projects.

BA Photography

©Sayuri Webster


BA Fine and Applied Arts / BA Visual Arts and Design

20th - 31st May, PV Friday 23rd, 6 - 8pm

Graduating students from the Canterbury Christ Church University art degree programmes will showcase their work in the Sidney Cooper Gallery and painting studios, Augustine House and the Augustine Art Centre. Work will include painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, film, photography and digital art.

Cassandra Duce

   © Cassandra Duce


Cloud / Cuckooland

3 - 9 May

Janek Schaefer

                                                                                                                                  Janek Schaefer portrait © Janek Covers

Cloud / Cuckooland is an exciting new exhibition which forms part of the 2014 Sounds New Festival. Looking into Canterbury Sound, in particular the work of Robert Wyatt, whose Cuckooland album has been used as a point of reference, the exhibition will include Radio Daze, a new sound installation created specifically for the exhibition by Janek Schaefer, one of the UK’s most distinctive sound artists. The exhibition will also include artwork from Sam Bailey’s Piano in the Woods residency and works by Canterbury Christ Church University Sound Art students.

Sounds New


Jerwood Drawing Prize

14 March - 26 April

Andy Black

         Field, 2012 © Andy Black               

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the UK's largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing which aims to explore and celebrate the diversity, excellence and range of current drawing practice.

Selected by Kate Brindley, Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; Michael Craig-Martin RA, artist; and Charlotte Mullins, art critic and editor of Art Quarterly, the exhibition reflects a variety of different approaches to drawing from practitioners working across the creative disciplines.

Ben Rowley

© Ben Rowley

Ben Rowley, Hand Processed Films

14 - 18 February

Artist in Residence Ben Rowley will showcase a series of recent 16mm film work including experiments in hand processing film, optical sound, silent film making and adventures in synchronisation. The exhibition will include works produced in response to the John Smith exhibition.

© John Smith

John Smith
A survey of works from 1975-2012

15 January - 13 February

John Smith is a British artist who has gained international recognition for his film and video work. With a continuing practice located in the everyday and a playful approach to narrative and the spoken word, Smith subverts the perceived boundaries between documentary and fiction.

Recently winning the 2013 Jarman Award, Smith has won major prizes at many international film festivals. His work is held in numerous collections including Arts Council England, Tate Gallery and Kunstmuseum Magdeburg. The exhibition will be a survey of his work and will consist of a rolling programme each week, from his seminal early works including ‘The Girl Chewing Gum’ and ‘Om’ through to more recent pieces such as ‘Horizon (Five Pounds a Belgian)’ and ‘unusual Red cardigan’.

John Smith will be giving a talk about his work on Wednesday 29th January 4.15pm – 5.30pm. This is a free event but booking is essential. Please contact the gallery on