Water from Seas around the world exhibited at Sidney Cooper Gallery

22 January 2015

Canterbury Christ Church University's Sidney Cooper Gallery's next exhibition will showcase a range of works from Tania Kovats, including her most recent installation All the Sea.

Tania Kovats is a contemporary British artist whose drawings, sculptures and installations are mostly inspired by the landscape. All the Sea , the featured piece in the exhibition and commissioned by the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh 2014, is an installation of 365 glass bottles containing water collected from the various seas around the world.

Water from Seas around the world exhibited at Sidney Cooper Gallery

‘All the Sea’, 2012-14 (detail) Tania Kovats, commissioned by Fruitmarket Gallery. Image courtesy Sidney Cooper Gallery

Alongside All the Sea sits one of Tania’s earlier works, Mountain , which consists of a selection of sculptures referencing geological formations. The sculptures are created using layers of coloured molten wax which are poured through a machine which replicate a tectonic force, producing a unique folded form.  

Hazel Stone, Curator at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, said: “The Sidney Cooper Gallery is delighted to be hosting a solo show of Tania Kovats work. The exhibition incorporates sculpture and works on paper alongside the centre piece All the Sea created by participants from around the world in an attempt to bring all the seas together in one place.

“Tania continues to draw on the landscape as both subject and material, as the viewer is invited to explore evaporation drawings, folded layers of materials and containers which index volumes of water.”

After completing an MA at the Royal College of Art in 1990, Tania went on to win the Young Contemporaries Award at the Serpentine, became a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University in 2006 and was commissioned by the National History Museum to produce a permanent work of art to mark the bicentenary of Charles Darwin in 2009.

The exhibition is free and open to the public with the gallery’s doors opening at 6pm on Tuesday 27January and running until Saturday 28 February. In addition to the exhibition, Tania will give a talk about her work at 5pm, tickets are £6 and need to be booked through the gallery, please contact Hazel Stone on 01227 453267 or via email to gallery@canterbury.ac.uk .

The Sidney Cooper Gallery is located on St Peter’s Street, CT1 2BQ and is open Tuesday to Friday 10.30am to 5pm and Saturdays 11.30am to 5.00pm.

Watch an interview with Tania Kovats talking about All the Sea here: http://youtu.be/VWn1PS4ZJyA?list=PLvApaRZoYvZN_8X3tCGLqn2PEImsr7aOo .

Notes to Editor

Artist's Talk: Tuesday 27th January, 5 - 6pm, £6.

Sidney Cooper Gallery opening hours:

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

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