Press Release

12 October 2011

A brand new gallery named after the late Nick Burton, who ran the Department of Media at Canterbury Christ Church University, opens its doors in Broadstairs at a special event on Wednesday 19 October.

The first exhibition at The Burton Gallery, Exhibit #1
The first exhibition at The Burton Gallery, Exhibit #1

The gallery will be officially opened by the Director of the Turner Contemporary, Victoria Pomrey, and attended by a host of guests, including local artists, photographers and future exhibitors.

Dr Karen Shepherdson, Course Director for Photography at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We’re delighted to open the Burton Gallery in honour of Nick and all he achieved for the department and the University as a whole, especially as it was under his direction that Media and the Arts were first brought to the University’s Broadstairs Campus.

“We hope that through the Burton Gallery, Nick’s philosophy of incubating creative talent and locating the visual arts at the very centre of University life can be made clear for everyone visiting the exhibitions.”

The opening event will also hold a keynote speech from Simon Roberts, an internationally renowned photographer, on the theme of photographic professional practice. A film of Nick Burton’s creative practice by Goran Stefanovski and Andy Birtwistle, will also be screened at the launch event.

The opening exhibition, Exhibit #1, will be on display from 19 October – 1 December.  It will showcase the selected works from the University’s project: Ways Forward into the Creative Arts, including artist Tim Long’s optical sculpture Family Tree and Shaun Madden’s photographic work of contemporary Margate.

The Burton Gallery is open 9am - 5pm throughout the week, including Saturday (9am-7pm Monday only) and 10am-1pm Sunday.

For more information about the Burton Gallery, visit


Notes to Editor

More about Nick Burton

Nick Burton initially trained as a photographer before studying Fine Art at Leeds College of Art and later moving to London to pursue postgraduate work in Film at the Royal College of Art. Nick went on to work in the cinema and television industries and made a number of films culminating in the award-winning feature At the Fountainhead of German Strength (1980).

In 1981 he moved to Canterbury to teach film and eventually ran the Department of Media at Canterbury Christ Church University where his commitment to the integration of theory and practice shaped the philosophy of the current Department. Whilst at Christ Church’, Nick continued to write and direct films, to paint, draw and write fiction, and to encourage the creativity of those around him. Sadly, he passed away in 2006.

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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