14:00 — 14:45
Tour of the Natural Selection exhibition led by Chelsea Pettitt, Head of Partnerships at Wysing Arts Centre. During this guided walkthrough Pettit will give a general introduction to the exhibition and respond to some of its key themes.
The tour will be ticketed using Eventbrite, visitors attending should make themselves known at the reception desk, located at the entrance.
The exhibition is located on the ground floor and the basement of the former Newington Library. Please note that this historic building has not been modernised, and step-free access to the basement level is not available.
Wheelchair access to the ground floor installation is available via a ramp located at the entrance at 155 Walworth Road.
19:30 — 23:00
In a rare London show to mark the end of Andy Holden’s Natural Selection exhibition, the Grubby Mitts will explore one of the exhibition’s central themes — collecting — through a selection of compositions combining spoken word, objects, and music. Central to the show will be a theatrical 'unboxing' of Holden’s late grandmother's collection of ceramic cats to a live soundtrack, this extended piece will weave a narrative through which the various cats are introduced. The programme will also feature a new composition built from transcriptions of birdsong played on tuned-percussion and a host of older Grubby Mitts songs reinterpreted by a new and expanded line up.
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.