Sunday, 11 March 2018

Bird After Bird

Yesterday I visited the beautiful Gallery Steel Rooms in Brigg, for the opening of the 'Bird After Bird' exhibition.
The work of Jayne Ivmey, Suky Best, Milo Newman, Partick Haines, Martin Brandsma, Nessie Stonebridge and Sabine Liedtke formed a fascinating exhibition which highlighted the fragility, beauty and importance of these creatures and our relationship with them.
Each artist presented a personal and highly individual representation of their observations and emotions about the shared subject matter.

Patrick Haines' mixed media sculptures are stunning, the way in which the sense of movement had been 'frozen' in time was amazing.

Jayne Ivimey's installation, with the 70 bisque fired models of endangered British species made me feel really emotional, their tiny feet looked so real.

Nessie Stonebridge's large-scale drawings of swans were incredibly dramatic and elegant.
I particularly loved the fan-like folding of the bottom of the piece.

Her paintings have an almost oriental, calligraphic quality to them, a beautiful juxtaposition of elegance and power.

The photographs of migrating pink-footed geese at dusk by Milo Newman were almost meditative. 
I loved the photographs' reflective surface.

It was these drawings that really stole my heart, Sabine Liedtke studies are filled with such tenderness they left me captivated.

Martin Brandsma's studies of the Great Grey Shrike highlighted the close relationship between science and art, and how often the two worlds over lap.
I loved these pieces that demonstrated how this bird 'spears' its prey on sharp thorns and branches.

I also love this unintentional selfie of myself and the hubby!

The 'Observation Of Flight' film installation by Suky Best highlighted the relationship between academic research, film-making and art.
How a shared subject matter had been interpreted in so many different ways really emerged as the core of the exhibition.

The whole exhibition was brilliantly curated and everyone at The Steel Rooms deserve a huge congratulations.
So much care and attention had been given, even down to the bird-themed biscuits and lovely bird seed gift bags.
My photos don't do the show justice, if you get the chance do go and visit, they serve the best food in town too!



  1. That does look like and amazing exhibit.

  2. How wonderful, I'd love to see this exhibition. I like the sculptures best.

    1. It was fab and The Steel Rooms is a beautiful gallery, shop and cafe x

  3. Thank you for sharing this exhibition - I think the swan piece is stunning. xx

  4. Wow, it looks amazing. Wish I could go.


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