Andy Holden & Peter Holden: Natural Selection

10 Sep 2017 – 26 Nov 2017

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Wednesday – Saturday* 11:00 – 19:00 (last admission 18:45)
Sunday 11:00 – 17:00

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Former Newington Library

England, United Kingdom

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Father and son Andy Holden and Peter Holden take us on an ornithological journey: from the building of nests to the collecting of eggs.

The exhibition is situated in the former Cuming Museum – a museum founded by a father and son – which was originally home to a collection of natural history and archaeological curiosities.

Natural Selection showcases several multi-screen films, a selection of archival material, and Andy Holden’s own collection of found nests. The exhibition will span two floors and capture the multi-sensory oeuvre of birds. ‘A Natural History of Nest Building’, situated on the ground floor, exposes the unscrupulous cuckoo; the artistry of the bowerbird; and the nest as an object in its own right. While, in the basement, ‘A Social History of Egg Collecting’ sheds light on this practice in a changing legal landscape, and the resultant criminal operations after 1954, through a video work 'The Opposite of Time' and an installation titled ‘How the Artist Was Led to the Study of Nature’.

The project was originally due to run until 5 November but has been extended until 26 November by popular demand.


James Lingwood

Phoebe Roberts

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Andy Holden

Peter Holden

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