Press Release

22 September 2011

A new exhibition which explores man's impact on nature and artist's responses opens at The Sidney Cooper Gallery later this month.

Stephen Melton, Bee Museum (detail)
Stephen Melton, Bee Museum

The Red List, exhibiting from 30 September until 12 November 2011, showcases the works of five artists, including well-known American photographer, Richard Barnes who is represented by the Foley Gallery, New York and Neeta Madahar represented by Purdy Hicks, London.

The exhibition also features work by Ramsgate-based sculptor, Stephen Melton and Margate-based artist, Paul Hazelton. 

Hazel Stone, Curator for the Sidney Cooper Gallery, said: “The Red List brings together five inspirational artists to create an exhibition which explores issues of invasion, extinction, threat and ownership of nature. 

“We hope that the artist’s works will help inspire people to be considerate towards nature and more attentive to the impact humans can have on their environment and the animals within it.”

Stephen’s contribution includes, The Thornback Ray (Raja Clavata) which highlights the issue of endangered fish being caught in local seas, whilst The Bee Museum represents the disappearance of bees from around the world.  Paul Hazelton exhibits three sculptures, including ‘Cotton Wooly Rhino’, a piece being created especially for the exhibition.

A film entitled ‘Old Bird’ by Ben Rowley, Tutor on the MA Film course at Canterbury Christ Church University, is also on display and observes a bird close to the end of its life in a moving and powerful three minute loop.

A series of six prints from the renowned Animal Logic Series, by Richard Barnes are on show, as well as two large scale images from Neeta Madahar’s Sustenance collection.

The artwork is accompanied by panels displaying research text extracted from The Ecology Research Group (Department of Geography and Life Sciences) at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Alongside the exhibition, the Sidney Cooper Gallery is holding a painting on film workshop on Saturday 22 October at 10.30am until 1.30pm lead by MA Tutor for Film at Christ Church’s Media department and The Red List artist, Ben Rowley.

For more information on the exhibition or the workshop contact 01227 453267, email or log on to

The Sidney Cooper Gallery, St Peter’s Street, Canterbury, CT1 2BQ is open Tuesday to Friday from10.30am – 5pm, Saturday 11.30am to 5pm and is closed Sundays and Mondays. Admission is free and disabled access is available.


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

The Ecology Research Group (ERG), Department of Geographical and Life Sciences

The ERG comprises a group of academics, technicians and researchers operating from Canterbury Christ Church University’s Laud Laboratories at the Canterbury Campus, on North Holmes Road.  The ERG brings together multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise to specialise in two key areas of research - Environmental Monitoring and Management, and Crop Protection and Applied Ecology.

Members of the group contribute to sustainable development issues and biodiversity management on the university’s own estate.



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