Press Release

18 November 2011

International artist Vera Moller returns to Canterbury in November with her wonderful imaginary woodland hybrids.

Fictional Hybrids opens at The Sidney Cooper Gallery on Friday 25 November 2011 (Image copyright Vera Moller)
Fictional Hybrids opens at The Sidney Cooper Gallery on Friday 25 November 2011 (Image copyright Vera Moller)

The exhibition, Fictional Hybrids, will be at the Sidney Cooper Gallery from Friday, 25 November to Saturday, 17 December, and is the result of an intensive period of research undertaken in King's Wood, Challock, near Ashford in 2009.

During that time Vera was Stour Valley Arts' artist in residence, as part of an Australian Exchange programme between Stour Valley Arts and Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne. 

The works in the exhibition are a response to the botanically diverse King’s Wood site, with imaginary species of fungi and mutant protrusions from the forest floor that are close enough to reality to seem plausible.

Trained in botanical sciences, before turning to the art world, Vera delights in creating her own speculative animal and plant hybrids, with surreal appearances. She said: “The themes I pursue in my practice are varied and could be characterised as a sustained examination of the fluid boundaries between the real and the imagined. Particular subjects I continue to explore are notions of hybrids in biology and ideas relating to hypothetical or imaginary specimens.”

This exhibition is in association with Stour Valley Arts and has received Lottery funding from the Arts Council England and Arts Victoria.

Accompanying the exhibition Vera will be a walk in King's Wood on Sunday, 27 November, with Vera and scientist Dr Ian Bride of the Durrell Institute of Conversation and Ecology. As well as giving a talk at the gallery on Thursday, 1 December, 7pm.

Booking is essential for both events, but the talk at the Sidney Cooper Gallery is free of charge, to book please call the gallery on 01227 453267.

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

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  • 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


Stour Valley Arts

Stour Valley Arts in Kent is recognised as one of the leading commissioning agencies for site specific contemporary art in the UK. It was established in 1994 and quickly gained an international reputation for showing exciting new contemporary art works within a forest setting.

Stour Valley Arts is an independent arts organisation, which aims to increase awareness and enjoyment of contemporary art while encouraging greater interest in the environment through commissions, education, exhibitions, publications and international collaborations.

Based in King’s Wood, Challock, Kent, SVA has worked in partnership with the Forestry Commission and other organisations since 1994 to create a resource for artists, teachers and students of all ages and for the public. A way-marked path leads to the many different sculptures commissioned for King’s Wood which is free and open for visitors at all times.

In 2011 SVA launched Stour Valley Arts Gallery in the centre of Ashford providing an additional venue for exhibitions and events.

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