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10am – 5pm

The Bowes Museum

Immerse yourself in the world of birds, exploring avian symbolism in art and trace its significance across time and cultures.

Murmuration presents a wide selection of work from artists and makers from various generations, backgrounds and contexts whose work ranges across drawing, sculpture, film and installation.

The exhibition examines the pivotal role birds play as indicators to the health of the environment, reflecting the urgent climate crisis and, through the work of artists and makers, ponders the metaphor of birds as messengers of home and belonging. From the complex issues which surround the collecting of taxidermy, from its role as a teaching resource to its connections to scientific racism and colonial exploitation, Murmuration considers the ethical and cultural implications of preserving animals for study and display.

Murmuration discovers the profound relationships we share with birds, transcending inter-species barriers and fostering kinship: a reminder of the common spaces we inhabit and the common ties that bind us.

Exhibiting artists include Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, Henna Asikainen, Shiraz Bayjoo, Bentley Beetham, Josephine Bowes, Michel-Pierre Hubert Descours, John Doyle, Ryan Gander, Sally Madge, Bethan Maddocks, Edourad- Aime Pils, David Shrigley, C.F Tunnicliffe and Hanna Tuulikki.

Artists Exhibiting