Feline-thropic

Tue – Sat, 10am – 4pm

Opening party 11 May, 2 – 3pm

Redcar Palace

Feline-Thropic explores the human cat relationship through time.

Archaeologists have discovered cat paw prints in 2,000 year old Roman roof tiles, historians have uncovered inky paws wandering across 15th century manuscripts and artists and philosophers have imagined what this relationship might look like in another 2,000 years. These two moments of deep time serve as a mirror to the intense connection we share with our feline friends where humans can make careers by posing videos of cats on social media and shelves buckle under the weight of cat mementos — that is, until one of our cat friends knocks them off onto the floor. 

Alongside invited artists Feline-Thropic features newly-commissioned tributes to Teesside cats past and present — and the ‘Open Calls not Cat Calls’ wall in Redcar Palace’s second gallery space invites anyone who has created a picture of a cat to bring it along and install it for the duration of the exhibition, whilst the ‘Cat Tat’ space will explore the material culture of our cat obsession in collaboration with Blooming Youth Collective and local animal charities.

Invited artists include Yelena Popova, whose large-scale tapestry Hunting Scene with Ray Cat re-imagines medieval tapestries through the lens of contemporary philosophers who have asked how future humans will know the location of this era’s nuclear waste. Edek’s Thompson’s Catastrophic Tipping Point likewise engages in some future-gazing to imagine our relationship with felines in the post-climate change world. Jacasta Solomons’ painting Your Go filters contemporary, pop art inspired imagery that also harks back to the compositional styles of early Renaissance artists such as Fra Angelico and their modern reinterpretation by artists such as Giorgio de Chirico.

Louisa Creed presents a set of playing cards depicting different cats in her life and how they relate to one another. A doyenne of British rag-rug making and an inspiration for the contemporary revival of the art form, one of Creed’s large-format cat-based rugs is also included in the exhibition. Britney Fraser continues Redcar Palace’s exploration of the rag-rug genre through newly-commissioned work; and WhichCraft? Ladies, Redcar Palace’s resident crafting group, takes over the honesty shop space ensuring cat crafts to meet all needs.

 

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The Palace Hub 28 - 29 Esplanade Redcar TS10 3AE

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Until 30 June 2024

FREE

  • Tue 10am – 4pm
  • Wed 10am – 4pm
  • Thu 10am – 4pm
  • Fri 10am – 4pm
  • Sat 10am – 4pm
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