Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
Following the exhibition of Natural Selection at the former Newington Library in London, Andy Holden and Peter Holden’s collaborative installation begins its tour of the UK.
The exhibition will be shown at Towner Art Gallery, bringing together a diverse range of images, sculptures, archival material, film and natural specimens to examine the construction of bird’s nests and explore the social history of egg collecting in Britain.
Towner Art Gallery is home to one of the most significant British landscape painting collections in the UK, many of which feature in Andy Holden’s film ‘The Opposite of Time’.
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.
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.