Press Release

26 August 2011

Three art graduates from Canterbury Christ Church University have been chosen to represent the contemporary Canterbury art scene in their first professional exhibition.

Cocoons by Sharon Rouse
Cocoons by Sharon Rouse

‘Emerging from Canterbury’ is the latest exhibition to be hosted by Green Chair Gallery and will include a selection of work from this year’s Christ Church graduate art show, as well as work from two graduates of the University of the Creative Arts.

Green Chair is an online gallery that shows and sells quality artworks from established, professional and experienced artists from the UK and around the world. The exhibition will give the graduates the opportunity to take part in their first professional show.

Maggie Williams, Fine and Applied Arts Programme Director at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “This is a welcome opportunity for our graduates to introduce themselves to the professional art world, and a great start for their careers.

“It is important for them to gain experience about the commercial aspects of putting on a professional exhibition, such as pricing and marketing which this opportunity provides. And it ensures the University continues to develop links with professionals to the benefit of our students.”

The three graduates from Christ Church, Sharon Rouse, Clare Beattie and David Carnegie all work with ceramics. Sharon is inspired by nature, especially spider’s webs and cocoons, which she explores in porcelain and from which her series of correction fluid drawings emerge. Clare explores the crisis of humans and the environment, arguing that a solution relies on our mutual coexistence. David, who is also a sculptor of wood and stone, has an interest in people, their interactions and life journeys.

Layer of Ceramic Figures by David Carnegie
Layer of Ceramic Figures by David Carnegie

UCA graduates Rosanna Falzone and Damion Hampton are to exhibit work in print and mixed media respectively.

Solihin Garrard, co-proprietor and partner of Green Chair Gallery, said: “The work of these graduates responds to and reflects the gallery’s key criteria, which is to enlighten and raise the human spirit. They have also been selected accordingly with the requirement for excellence and originality. The contemporary art world is fast moving and new artists continuously freshen up and challenge the status quo.

“Green Chair Gallery originated in Canterbury and although internationally focused, we identify the work of developing talent. We see the chance to bring new artists to the attention of the wider scene and to art lovers and collectors as an important role for us and for the artists themselves. Not least in terms of helping them to gear up to the kind of rigour needed to prepare for public shows.

“We believe Green Chair Gallery is breaking new ground with being an online gallery, not simply a website selling artworks. Being online means we can exhibit work from artists irrespective of their geographical location, and our exhibitions can be viewed by anyone with internet access. “

‘Emerging from Canterbury’ is being shown at from Saturday, 3 to Friday, 30 September, 2011.


Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received 'outstanding' grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University's primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.


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