Feather Collection (ongoing)

Feather Collection (ongoing) 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: Feather Collection (ongoing)
  • Date: 2010 - ongoing
  • Medium: vitrine including feathers mounted on 12 x A4 sheets
  • Dimensions: vitrine 2440 x 500 x 850mm

even though this exhibition by the artist Andy Holden and his ornithologist father Peter says it’s about a history of birds’ nests and egg collecting, it’s actually something far more passionate, eccentric, nuanced and (honestly) interesting: a veiled meditation on obsessions, knowledge and the relationship between a father and son. – Eddy Frankel, Time Out, 10 September 2017

'Feather Collection (ongoing)' is a bespoke vitrine containing Peter Holden's carefully mounted and annotated collection of feathers. The collection which has been accumulated on bird watching expeditions over several decades, includes penguins, woodpeckers and egret feathers. The collection is presented alongside Andy Holden's collection of nest collection, exploring the father and son's shared interest in collecting but differing methods of presentation. 

Image: Peter Holden, Feather Collection (ongoing), 2010 - ongoing, (detail) at the former Newington Library, 2017. Photograph: Mike Massaro


at Inverleith House

Edinburgh, 28 September – 18 November 2018

In the Autumn of 2018 Natural Selection was presented at Inverleith House situated within the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh.'Feather Collection (ongoing)' was installed in the ground floor gallery space alongside 'Nest Collection (ongoing)' and 'Untitled (Bower)'.

Image: Installation view of Andy Holden, Feather Collection (ongoing), 2017 at Inverleith House, Edinburgh in 2018. Photograph: Michael Wolchover


at Leeds Art Gallery

08 June - 02 September 2018

When Leeds Art Gallery exhibited Natural Selection, 'Feather Collection (ongoing)' was presented alongside Holden's sculpture of a human scale Bower 'Bower (Untitled)', the video installation 'A Natural History of Nest Building', sculptural installation 'Song Posts (Dawn Chorus)' and Holden's ongoing collection of birds' nests.

Image: Installation view of Andy Holden, 'Feather Collection (ongoing)', 2017 at Leeds Art Gallery in 2018. Photograph: Simon Warner 

Previous Presentations

Since the launch of The Artangel Collection, Feather Collection (ongoing) has been installed at