"And don't let me catch you doing anything irresponsible again..."

"And don't let me catch you doing anything irresponsible again..." is part of The Artangel Collection. It was initially presented at the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne in spring of 2018, before being exhibited at the Leeds Art Gallery and Inverleith House in Edinburgh.


  • Artist: Andy Holden
  • Title: "And don't let me catch you doing anything irresponsible again..."
  • Date: 2017
  • Medium: Acrylic ink on canvas
  • Dimensions: 420 x 594mm
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[The Opposite of Time] is narrated solely by Andy, this time appearing in the guise of a talking animated rook, ostensibly the older and wiser incarnation of the mischievous cartoon corvid featured in his father’s early RSPB magazines... – Louisa Buck, The Art Newspaper, 11 September 2017

"And don't let me catch you doing anything irresponsible again..." is a series of eight cartoon drawings that detail the escapades of a mischevious juvenile bird called Rook, who is kept in line by an authority figure called Mr. Holden. The drawing are adapted from the cartoon strip that featured in Bird Life, the magazine of the RSPB’s Young Ornithologists’ Club for which Peter Holden was responsible in the 1980s. It was through copying these cartoons from the magazines as a child, that Andy Holden first became interested in drawing. 


Image: Andy Holden, "And don't let me catch you doing anything irresponsible again...", 2017 at Leeds Art Gallery, 2018. Photograph: Simon Warner

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at Inverleith House

Edinburgh, 28 September - 18 November 2018

"And don't let me catch you doing anything irresponsible again..." had its Scottish premier when Natural Selection was exhibited at Inverleith House situated within the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh.


Image: Andy Holden, "And don't let me catch you doing anything irresponsible again...", 2017 at Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Gardens, 2018. Photograph: Michael Wolchover

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at Leeds Art Gallery 

08 June - 02 September 2018

"And don't let me catch you doing anything irresponsible again..." was exhibited at the Leeds Art Gallery alongside rarely-seen watercolours of birds by J.M.W Turner from the gallery's permanent collection. The presentation in Leeds marked the second part of the UK tour of Andy Holden and Peter Holden's collaborative installation Natural Selection.


Image: Andy Holden, "And don't let me catch you doing anything irresponsible again...", 2017 at Leeds Art Gallery, 2018. Photograph: Simon Warner

Previous Presentations

Since the launch of The Artangel Collection, "And don't let me catch you doing anything irresponsible again..."  have been installed at