From The Kitchen Table. Drew Gallery Projects 1984-90

5 Oct 2018 – 9 Nov 2018

Event times

Private View, Book launch and Film screening - 5th October 5pm-8pm
Monday to Friday 10am - 5:30pm
Saturday 10am - 5Pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm

Cost of entry


Herbert Read Gallery

United Kingdom, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Travel from London Victoria to Canterbury East Station (1h 13-30mins), then by taxi or foot to the campus (10 minute walk). Canterbury West Station (which is a twenty minute walk from the gallery) is also served by trains from St Pancras and Waterloo (1h

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In the 1980s curator Sandra Drew staged a series of ground­breaking exhibitions in locations around Canterbury. Drew Gallery Projects supported artists in the early stages of their careers, often experimenting with 'new media' which didn't resemble what was broadly accepted as sculpture at the time (video, objects, photography, installation, performance and text.) This exhibition brings together original and related works from these ambitious and impactful shows and the Drew Gallery Projects' archive, telling the story of how these exhibitions came about and why their legacy is enormous. 
Drew Gallery Projects' archive, now gifted to and digitised by UCA, provides an invaluable resource for subsequent generations of students, artists, curators, academics 
and 'do-ers', for many years to come. During the initial conversations regarding the archive's digitisation it soon became imperative to shine a light on Drew's continuing contemporary relevance within the curatorial and artistic­led activity which in 2018 is taken as given, and yet would not have happened if it weren't for people like Sandra who pushed, and pushed, until it happened. 
The exhibitions in Canterbury, Folkestone and London during 2018-19 and the accompanying publication celebrates Sandra Drew's visionary legacy to a whole new generation, a career that has remained modestly observed and yet passionately championed by those artists, students and communities who directly benefited from Drew's revolutionary curatorial spirit during the 80s and 90s. 


Judith Carlton

Exhibiting artists

Catherine Elwes

Rob Kesseler

Bonita Ely

Rose Finn-Kelcey

Joanna Mewbray

David Mach

Jayne Parker

Jason Hartcup

Ron Haselden

Maeve Woods

Judith Goddard

Julia Wood

Judith Ahem

John Cobb

Katharine Meynell

Yoko Terauchi

Marion Urch

Zoe Redman

Maryrose Sinn

Tina Keane

Hamish Fulton

Phyllida Barlow

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