Press Release

20 February 2012

A new exhibition at The Burton Gallery, located at Canterbury Christ Church University's Broadstairs Campus, will open on Thursday 1 March 2012.

One of the images on display at the new Burton Gallery exhibition
One of the images on display at the new Burton Gallery exhibition

Unremarkable Stories, by Rob Ball, Senior Lecturer in Media, Art and Design at Christ Church, will display an array of contemporary photography from his return to the Essex urbanscape of his teenage years.

Far from unremarkable as the exhibition title suggests, Rob Ball presents an unsettling dislocation between memory and actuality in a series of photographs that follow the frequently dull and routine spaces of his youth.

Karen Shepherdson, Programme Director for Photography at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “In Rob Ball’s photographs within the anonymity of the park’s hinterland or the blandness of the Essex suburban architecture, we are treated to diminutive highlights of hue. But these glints of colour, far from being generated by some sort of natural beauty, are rather the consequence of careless youthful disregard.”

Showcasing a series of poignant urban images that include litter and unwanted debris, such as an orange plastic shopping bag and a part submerged blue bicycle frame, the exhibition makes every day scenes appear strange and out of the ordinary.

The exhibition also seeks to reject idealised versions of childhood, and in an uncritical way it prompts recollection of the endless hours spent simply occupying spaces empty of adults.

Unremarkable Stories will be the first exhibition to feature in a new publication produced each year by The Burton Gallery. The limited edition booklet will include a selection of images, alongside an essay by Richard Purnell, an independent London poet, and will also be numbered and signed by Rob Ball. The booklets will be priced at £7 and available from The Burton Gallery via Karen Shepherdson, Gallery Director or through Rob’s own website,

The Burton Gallery is located at the Broadstairs Campus, Canterbury Christ Church University, Northwood Road, Broadstairs, CT10 2WA. The exhibition is open from 2 March 2012 until 25 May 2012. Entry is free.


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 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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