"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 in Leeds 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

Previous Presentations

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