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A Modern Bestiary

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Exploring the animal kingdom, real and imagined, through the eyes of artists who have a personal and contemporary take on this fascinating genre.

Current  interactions of humans with animals  is today at the forefront of our consciousness and conscience. Now more than ever. 

Steeped in tradition the Bestiary has compelled artists and writers from shamanistic neolithic era to medieval times, from Victorian to the 21st century.

Historically  intended as moral instruction the iconography, usually accompanied with text, followed the sequence of creation theories - Unicorn, Lion, Quadruoeds, Birds, Reptiles, Sea Creatures  -  many depicted as hybrid monstrous creatures.  

The issues are complex and  diverse whether farmed for food, sport,  for research,  conservation, or as companions, and are frequently experience by us humans from a distance as TV documentaries, books and stories,  anthropomorphic cartoons, games and of course art.  

This exhibition will bring you closer to the animal kingdom in intriguing, joyous, powerful and sometimes scary ways. 

 

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