Press Release

13 March 2012

A new exhibition featuring works from the British Council, Canterbury Christ Church University alumni, as well as past and present staff will open at The Sidney Cooper Gallery on Thursday 15th March.

James Allen, Outside Kings Cross, Marker pen on paper
James Allen, Outside Kings Cross, Marker pen on paper

The Thinking Line: Defining Drawing will be the second exhibition at the Sidney Cooper Gallery in the University’s Jubilee year, as well as the city gallery’s third exhibition to display pieces from the British Council Collection.

The exhibition will showcase drawings from renowned artists such as, Maggie Hambling, Michael Craig-Martin, David Nash and Barry Flanagan, alongside works by Christ Church alumni and staff.

Hazel Stone, Curator for the Sidney Cooper Gallery, said: “The Thinking Line brings together works from a full spectrum of artists in an exhibition that focusses on drawing. We’re delighted to be able to display British Council pieces for a third time at the Sidney Cooper Gallery.

“The University has a fantastic artistic reputation for drawing in particular and to have British Council work and our own work hanging side by side, makes for a rich exhibition which highlights the range of approach, process and influence developed through the act of drawing.”

The exhibition also has a participatory feel as a blackboard wall allows visitors to take inspiration from the exhibition and add to the evolving chalk drawing that connects the two gallery spaces.

Following the opening night the gallery will also host the Scratch Orchestra (Friday 16 March 2012), the University’s student ensemble, who will play in response to individual drawings from within the gallery in an entirely improvised performance.

A workshop will also take place on Saturday 17 March and Saturday 31 March, 10.30am – 1pm. Focussing on painting and drawing on film, the workshop will introduce painting and collage work directly onto photographic imagery.

The Thinking Line has been curated by James Frost and Hazel Stone.

For more information on the exhibition, on display between 15 March and 5 April 2012, 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 from 10.30am – 5pm, Saturday 11.30am to 5pm and is closed Sundays and Mondays. Admission is free and disabled access is available. 


Notes to Editor

Photo caption: James Allen, Canterbury Cathedral, Large Drawing

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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