Natural Selection

Natural Selection is part of The Artangel Collection. It will initially be presented at the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, before being exhibited at the Leeds art Gallery in Leeds.

  • Artist: Andy Holden & Peter Holden
  • Title: Natural Selection
  • Date: 2017
  • Medium: Multi-screen video installation, sculpture, found objects
  • Dimensions: Overall dimensions variable
  • Duration: Various durations

Father and son Andy and Peter Holden take us on an ornithological journey: from the building of nests to the collecting of eggs.

Situated in the former Cuming Museum, originally started by a father and son, this site was once home to a collection of natural history and archaeological curiosities.

Natural Selection showcases several multi-screen films, archival material, and Andy Holden’s own collection of found nests. The exhibition will span two floors and capture the multi-sensory oeuvre of birds. ‘A Natural History of Nest Building’, exposes the unscrupulous cuckoo; the artistry of the bowerbird and the nest as an object in its own right; while ‘How the Author was lead to the Study of Nature’ sheds a light on the social history of egg collecting and the resultant criminal operations.

Image: Nests in Andy Holden's studio, March 2017. Photograph: Sam Collins