Press Release

20 July 2012

A special art exhibition to celebrate three momentous Jubilee years taking place in 2012 has been on display in the Canterbury Cathedral precincts this week.

A selection of artwork from the exhibition on display at the Cathedral precincts
A selection of artwork from the exhibition on display at the Cathedral precincts

Art of Celebration 2012, led by Canterbury Christ Church University’s Primary Department in the Faculty of Education joined forces with the Education Departments of the Canterbury Diocese and Cathedral and the Canterbury Christian Schools Work Trust to encourage schools in the local area to celebrate through artwork.

The art work focussed on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Canterbury Christ Church University’s Golden Jubilee, as well as the Silver Jubilee of the Canterbury Christian Schools Work Trust.

Peter Gregory, Senior Lecturer in Education (Creative Arts), said: “We are delighted with the involvement of so many schools from the area in the exhibition. The teachers working with their pupils produced some exciting artworks which displayed truly creative and innovative energy. There was such a strong spirit of collaboration together with an enjoyment of the creative processes.”

A number of local schools in the area participated, with over 500 children and young people submitting their work to the exhibition. The artwork ranged from individual entries from pupils aged between 4 and 16 years old to submissions by classes, and even a collaboration from an entire school.

Much of the art focussed on specific aspects of Jubilee in depth, with one piece considering the events over the 60 years of the Queen’s reign.

The project was not a competition but aimed to inspire pupils, many of whom visited the exhibition when it was on display.

The exhibition coincided with Canterbury Christ Church University’s Jubilee International Teacher Education conference which was attended by delegates from across the world.


Notes to Editor

The schools involved in the project included:

  • Barham CE Primary School
  • Barton Court Grammar School
  • Bridge and Patrixbourne CE Primary School
  • The Canterbury Academy
  • Chilham St Mary’s CE Primary School
  • Hersden  Community Primary School
  • The Orchard School
  • Pilgrim’s Way Primary School
  • St Peter’s Methodist Primary School
  • St Stephen’s Infant School
  • Simon Langton Girls Grammar School
  • Sturry CE Primary School
  • Wincheap Foundation Primary School

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 and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • Christ Church has one of the best teacher training records in the country, with both its Initial Teacher Training and Teach First programmes recently awarded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and being in the Complete University Guide’s UK top 10 for three consecutive years.
  • Founded in 1962 as a teacher training college, 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee this year, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.


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