7 Dec 2019 – 29 Feb 2020

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12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00

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TOMA Project Space

England, United Kingdom


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  • Heygate Avenue
  • Southend Central
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Celebrating all kinds of artists’ best friends Pets is a collection of artworks made with participating practitioners sidekicks.


Featuring videos of a swimming dachshund, conversations with cats and self-portraits with furry companions this show evidences the unusual ways that artists have collaborated with their animals. Expect to fall in love with a guard turkey named Gucio, question your bias against rats and be cuddled by a huge fantasy bird snake made to help with grief. 

Whether it be representations of trusty steeds on Roman ceramics, William Hogarth’s painting of his pug or, more recently, Laurie Anderson’s emotional documentary Heart of a Dog - relationships between humans and animals are continually being explored throughout culture. There’s a reason why the internet is dominated by videos of animals, and why owning a pet is on the rise; they remind us to be present, to play, they are sentient beings, responding through instinct, animals aren’t self conscious, they’re loyal and just need the basics to be content.

In these works as in much of art history - animals are held in high regard for these very attributes, suggesting that there is much to learn from our cohabitants. With curated displays similar to a crufts agility course, this playful exhibition invites you to BE MORE DOG!


Pets is hosted by TOMA and supported by Arts Council England. The TOMA Project Space is an extension of the TOMA education programme which believes in accessible art education for everyone. In response to this there will be a zine making workshop, film screenings and Pets themed items to buy in the TOMA shop. TOMA artists also continue to make work and meet at the TOMA Project Space as part of the yearly education programme there.


Emma Edmondson

Lolly Adams

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Campbell Mcconnell

Micky Graham

Ruth Jones

Louise Ashcroft

Katja Larsson

Rachel Steele

Chloe Myndiuk

Nikola Skora

Amy Pennington

Nia Metcalfe

Bella Milroy

Lee Stevens

Sara Trillo

Blandine Martin

Sarah Pritchard

Tess Tallula

Laur Mar

Ciara Movana

Matei Tigareanu

Chris Alton

Dominic From Luton

Lolly Adams

Talitha Bell

Lucy Evetts


Emma Edmondson

Lucia Coppola

Sally Hackett

Gail Howard

Lydia Blakeley

Tia Howell

Ruth Hazel

Josh Langan

Hannah Devereux

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