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Thursday, 30 June 2016

All taxidermy features great and small: the art of presenting specimens

Internationally-known artist Mark Hearld will contribute three original works of art to the next exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery which runs from Saturday 9 July until Sunday 25 September.

Mark Hearld with the taxidermy collection in Scarborough Museum Trust stores. Photo by Tony Bartholomew.
Mark has curated All Creatures…, displaying specimens of taxidermy from the Scarborough Collections in new and imaginative ways. He's also creating three new works of art, including a herring gull collage which will become permanent parts of the collections.

York-based artist Mark takes inspiration from his wonder at the natural world, with animals and plants at the heart of his work. His work encompasses a range of different artistic forms including limited edition prints, unique paintings, collages and hand-painted ceramics, and can be seen in galleries across the world, including the Tate.

Scarborough Museums Trust collections manager Jennifer Dunne said: "Mark’s work is known and admired around the world, so we’re delighted to have three new images of his as part of the Collections.”

“His view on our taxidermy specimens is unique – visitors to the gallery will see them in a way they’ve never been seen before.”

Mark will give a talk on on Friday 22 July at 7.30pm and award-winning bird taxidermist Carl Church will lead a series of taxidermy demo days featuring a different bird each week on each August Saturday.

A collections close-up entitled Taxidermy Treasures in which documentation assistant Jim Middleton looks at exhibits and discusses the stories behind them on Wednesday 13 July at 2.30pm; and presents a lunchtime talk Collecting Nature on Wednesday 20 July.

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