Press Release

31 August 2011

Jelly sculptures, vibrant paintings and films are just three of the wide variety of exhibits that will go on display later this week as part of the MA Fine Art Show at the Sidney Cooper Gallery.

'Waiting for a ride', by David Cutts
'Waiting for a ride', by David Cutts

The Exhibition, Fourfold, will feature the unique, imaginative and expressive work from Canterbury Christ Church University’s MA students in Fine Art: Lisa Hawkins, Jill Pantony and David Cutts.

Both Lisa and Jill work in direct response to the Kent landscape. Lisa has used her memories and experience of painting outside to create her work; whilst Jill is exhibiting a film and large woodland themed paintings in the main gallery.

David has already had work exhibited at the Turner Contemporary Margate, where he was shortlisted for the Page Turner Prize earlier this year,  

His current collection focuses on childhood and how memories from those days can become distorted, leaving you wondering if you really had the experience or just saw it on TV. Using the theme of Dreamland Margate for part of his collection, David examines how his memories of Dreamland can differ to that of reality, and uses some unusual artistic materials to demonstrate this.

David said: “I decided to use jelly to reproduce the lights of the waltzers and fairground as jelly is a food we associate with childhood. I have used about 600 packs to produce about five pieces of work and they’ve taken quite a while to create, but people seem to enjoy the pieces. Some have even wanted to lick them!

“The MA course has been a really good experience as it has opened me up to using different techniques. Without the encouragement of the tutors, who have been fantastic, I would’ve probably just stuck to painting, but they’ve supported me to experiment. And being able to take the course part-time meant it fitted in with other commitments. ”

'Jelly Waltzer' (close up), by David Cutts
'Jelly Waltzer' (close up), by David Cutts

Bryan Hawkins, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, Art and Design, said: “The work in the exhibition represent the challenging of personal positions and practice, the exploration of ideas, contexts and processes. The pieces in the exhibition characterise the ambitions and structure of the MA in Fine and Applied Arts at Christ Church.”

The MA Fine Art Show is on from Saturday 3 to Saturday 17, September at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, St Peter’s Street, Canterbury, CT1 2BQ.

The Sidney Cooper Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 11am until 5.30pm, Saturday 12pm to 5.30pm and is closed Sundays and Mondays. Admission is free and disabled access is available. 

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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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