Press Release

16 January 2012

Two inspiring exhibitions featuring influential national artists will open at the Sidney Cooper Gallery this month.

Anish Kapoor, The Chant of Blue, 1983
Anish Kapoor, The Chant of Blue, 1983

The exhibitions celebrate Christ Church Honorary Doctorates for two leading Arts figures, Andrea Rose OBE, Director of Visual Arts at the British Council, and internationally renowned artist, Humphrey Ocean, Royal Academician.

Featuring work by Humphrey Ocean and sculpture from the British Council collection – including pieces by Anish Kapoor - these prominent shows signal the start of a calendar full of exciting arts and cultural events to celebrate a milestone in the University’s history – its 50th anniversary.

Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, Professor Robin Baker CMG, who is also a former Deputy Director-General at the British Council, said: “We are delighted to host these significant exhibitions at the University’s Sidney Cooper Gallery, in honour of Humphrey Ocean and Andrea Rose.

“It is a privilege to exhibit work by artists of international renown and create opportunities for local audiences to enjoy their work.”

Humphrey Ocean’s exhibition Now and Then marks his return to the gallery where he once practised as a student.

The exhibition will showcase five fascinating pieces spanning his time as a student at Canterbury through to recent works. During this formative period, Ocean was introduced to tutors such as Ian Dury and Geoffrey Rigden.

Humphrey Ocean, Ship, 2011
Humphrey Ocean, Ship, 2011

A second exhibition running concurrently at the gallery, Third Dimension, celebrates the inventiveness of British Sculpture and was originally created to celebrate the British Council’s 75th anniversary.

The new selection of sculptural works taken from the British Council Collection showcases the playful approach to materials that each sculptor has taken on.

Hazel Stone, Curator at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, said: “We are delighted to be bringing these significant works from the British Council Collection to Canterbury, especially as this is the first time works by artists such as Anish Kapoor, Vong Phaophanit, Richard Long and Rebecca Warren, have been shown at the Sidney Cooper Gallery.”

Other artists in the exhibition include William Tucker, Tony Cragg and Bruce McLean.

Both exhibitions will be on display from 27 January 2012 until 3 March.

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.

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Notes to Editor

Andrea Rose OBE

Andrea Rose has been the Director of Visual Arts at the British Council since 1995. She is a Trustee of the Whitechapel Art Gallery and an UK representative at UNESCO Cultural Commission. Andrea is British Commissioner for the International Venice Biennale, introducing the work of Leon Kossoff, Gary Hume, Chris Ofili, Mark Wallinger, Gilbert & George, Tracey Emin and Steve McQueen to global audiences.

Humphrey Ocean RA

Humphrey Ocean has been an influential figure in the art and music since 1971, when he was bass player in the band Kilburn and the Highroads with Ian Dury. Since then has returned to his first passion, art, painting portraits of poet Philip Larkin, politician Tony Benn and singer/songwriter Sir Paul McCartney for the National Portrait Gallery.

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 subject areas.

  • We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • In 2012 we will celebrate our Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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