Terry Perk studied sculpture at Leeds University and Bennington College in the USA, completing a PhD in the History and Theory of Art at the University of Kent in 2007. He has extensive experience of making commissioned work for the public realm. These works are site responsive and explore the geometric, historic and architectural qualities that determine a sense of place. Over the last four years he has worked predominantly in collaboration with Julian Rowe, developing a range of works that develop archeological and fictional histories as they might pertain to the landscapes of Kent and the South East of England. Terry is UCA’s Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Academic), the Head of School Fine Art, Photography & Visual Communications and Professor of Fine Art Education.
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.) The development of the archive here at UCA brings together original and related works from these ambitious and impactful shows, telling the story of how these exhibitions came about and explores their incredible legacy.
Drew Gallery Projects’ archive, now gifted to and digitised by UCA, provides an invaluable resource for subsequent generations of students, artists, curators and academics. Accompanying the archive, exhibitions in Canterbury, Folkestone and London during 2018-19, along with a publication celebrating Sandra Drew’s visionary legacy will also form part of the archive. Opening up Sandra Drew’s revolutionary curatorial spirit during the 80s and 90s work to a whole new generation.
Additional support from Georgie Scott, Gallery Curator (Kent).
From the Kitchen Table: Drew Gallery Projects 1984–90, originally exhibited at the Herbert Read Gallery in 2019, has been reviewed by Frieze online:
From the Kitchen Table: Drew Gallery Projects 1984–90 runs at Southwark Park Galleries, London, until 30 June 2019.
Herbert Read Gallery, UCA Canterbury
Saturday 06 October 2018 – Friday 09 November 2018
Curated by Judith Carlton
Exhibiting Artists: Judith Ahern, Phyllida Barlow, John Cobb, Bonita Ely, Catherine Elwes, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Hamish Fulton, Judith Goddard, Jason Hartcup, Ron Haselden, Tina Keane, Rob Kesseler, David Mach, Katharine Meynell, Joanna Mowbray, Jayne Parker, Zoe Redman, Maryrose Sinn, Yoko Terauchi, Marion Urch, …
Gestures of Resistance aims to respond to our current general mood of political anxiety and alienation by opening up socio-political critique in order to resist the palpable feeling of disempowerment. Rather than accepting the non-choice of the neoliberal setup of Greece or current right-wing politics both in America and Europe, the artists of Gestures of …