Animals & Us brings together artworks and artefacts from contemporary and 20th century artists to explore and reflect upon the relationship between humans and other animals. A new iteration of Andy and Peter Holden's A Natural History of Nest Building is included in the exhibition alongside work by artists such as Marcus Coates, Kiluanji Kia Henda, and Paula Rego.
10:00 – 17:00
Tuesday – Sunday & Bank Holidays
The films from 'Natural Selection', a collaborative work by the artist Andy Holden and his father and noted ornithologist Peter Holden, have their US premiere at Front International Festival. 'The Natural History of Nest Building' examines the construction of bird’s nests and 'The Opposite of Time' explores the social history of bird egg collecting in Britain. These two works raise questions regarding the desire to collect, the connection between art and ornithology and the changing relation between mankind and the natural world.
11:00 – 17:00
Wednesday, Friday – Sunday
11:00 - 20:00
Andy Holden (b.1982) artist, musician and cartoon was born and now lives and works in Bedford, UK. Holden has worked collaboratively with his father Peter Holden, an orthologist, to produce lectures on birds and the recent Artangel project Natural Selection. He regularly performs and releases records with his band The Grubby Mitts and co-ran the record label Lost Toys Records.
His most recent solo exhibitions include ‘Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape (II)’, Glasgow International (2016); ‘Towards a Unified Theory of MI!MS’, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2013), Spike Island (2014); ‘Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time’, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2011); and ‘Art Now: Andy Holden’, Tate Britain (2010).
Peter Holden intended to become a professional ornithologist from the age of eight and joined the staff of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in 1969. Father of Andy Holden, Peter and Andy worked collaboratively to produce Natural Selection for Artangel in 2017, which was a comprehensive look at nests and egg collecting.
As one of the UK’s leading ornithologists and conversationalists, Holden worked for the RSPB for 45 years and built the Young Ornithologist Club into the largest wildlife club in the world. He was regularly featured as ‘the bird man’ on Blue Peter and wrote several books including the RSPB Handbook of British Birds, the RSPB Handbook of Garden Wildife and Birds: their Hidden World.
An opportunity to see this exhibtion at the Leeds Art Gallery including rarely-seen J M W Turner watercolours of birds from their permanent collection.
10:00 – 17:00
Tuesday – Saturday
12:00 – 16:00
How the Artist Was Led to the Study of Nature 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.