Renowned artist to exhibit collection at Sidney Cooper Gallery

09 March 2015

The Sidney Cooper Gallery at Canterbury Christ Church University, is preparing to feature the latest Hayward Touring print exhibition from the Southbank Centre; Autobiographical Series and 11 Drypoints, a tour of a collection of prints by Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010).

Louise Bourgeois, a French-American artist, began making prints in the 1930s. Bourgeois is best known for her powerfully emotionally charged sculptures, including enclosed ‘cell’ or cage-like installations and fabric figures; she was also a prolific print maker and draughtswoman.

Renowned artist to exhibit collection at Sidney Cooper Gallery

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After briefly running a print shop in Paris, she emigrated to New York in 1938 where she lived in Manhattan for the rest of her life. There she worked at S.W. Hayter’s print workshop and later bought a press so that she could work from home while raising her three children. Following her husband’s death in 1973, she taught printmaking at the School of Visual Arts. 

Louise Bourgeois has been widely acclaimed as one of the most original artists of the late twentieth century and has exhibited at museums throughout the world, including at Tate Modern in 2007.

Hazel Stone, Curator at the Sidney Cooper Gallery said: “Louise Bourgeois is one of the most important female artists of our time. This exhibition focusses on prints by the artist, with each print detailing a personal narrative which has come to characterise her practice. Many may have seen her giant sculptures of spiders or series of ‘Cell’ installations but perhaps have not seen an exhibition of her thoughts in print. This is the first solo show of works by Louise Bourgeois in Kent and will certainly not disappoint.”

Autobiographical Series and 11 Drypoints will be housed at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, St Peter’s Street, Canterbury, CT1 2BQ between Wednesday 11 March and Saturday 11 April. The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 10.30am to 5pm and Saturdays 11.30am to 5pm and admission is free.

Notes to Editor

Sidney Cooper Gallery

Opening hours:

  • Tuesday - Friday: 10.30am - 5pm
  • Saturday: 11.30am - 5pm
  • Closed Sunday - Monday

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 97% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection.


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