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Animal Encounters

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Admission Free
Start Time 10:00
End Time 17:00

Throughout history, artists have created drawings and paintings of animals reflecting their personal relationships, because animals have always been important to human life.

The Animal Encounters exhibition brings together paintings, drawings, prints and objects depicting animals in a wide range of settings. The selection may change from time to time, especially to include work by living local artists contributing to the theme.

Throughout history, artists have created drawings and paintings of animals reflecting their personal relationships, because animals have always been important to human life. Stone Age people decorated their caves with images of the animals they hunted for food. The ancient Egyptians depicted many of their gods with heads of animals. In recent centuries the images have been more complex, illustrating the extraordinary nature of exotic creatures, the struggles between man and beast, the ‘wildness’ of nature or the individual beauty of an animal.

We tend to categorise animals as ‘wild’, ‘farm’ or ‘domestic’. Why do we do this and can the categories be broken down? This exhibition invites visitors to examine how humans interact and respond to the animal kingdom.

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