Turner Contemporary has launched our first crowdfunding campaign to take our summer exhibition, Animals & Us, out of the gallery and onto Margate Sands. If the campaign is successful, Paula the Polar Bear will inspire locals and tourists, adults and children alike, as she roams across the beach on 20 days at the height of the summer season.
At a time when scientists warn that humans may be causing the sixth mass extinction on earth, how do we see and relate to other animals?
Focusing on contemporary and 20th century artists and including historical artworks and artefacts, Animals & Usexplores our lives and encounters with animals, and how these have been reflected in art.
Animals painted in prehistoric caves were the first subjects of art, reflecting our closeness to them. The artworks in this exhibition explore both our closeness and distance to animals, from our relationships with our pets, to zoos and animals as food.
Artists are using animal symbolism and creating human-animal hybrids. They are staging animal encounters, investigating animal intelligence, and questioning the human-animal divide.
Installed across all Turner Contemporary’s first floor galleries, Animals & Us encompasses a wide range of media, from painting and sculpture to video and installation. Drawing on subjects from biology and evolution, to anthropology and technology, it asks questions about how we relate to or differentiate ourselves from other living beings.
Artists featured include: Keith Arnatt, Joseph Beuys, Marc Chagall, Marcus Coates, Mark Dion, Charlotte Dumas, Tracey Emin, Barry Flanagan, Laura Ford, Lucian Freud, Henri Gaudier Brzeska, Mishka Henner, Candida Höfer, Andy Holden, Marguerite Humeau, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Permindar Kaur, Alice Neel, Kananginak Pootoogook, Stephanie Quayle, Paula Rego, Michal Rovner, Khvay Samnang, Roelandt Savery, Raqib Shaw, Shimabuku, Gilbert Soest, George Stubbs, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, JMW Turner
Find out more about Paula the Polar Bear by watching this video below: https://youtu.be/lUHVA5Sqt2I