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Ghosts of Gone Birds…

October 24, 2011

…is a multimedia art exhibition at the Rochelle School from the 2nd to 23rd November, featuring 120 artist and over 200 works including painting, sculpture, poetry and music.

The project was created to raise awareness and funds for BirdLife International and their frontline conservation projects.  Each artist was asked to adopt an extinct bird and breathe the life back into it through their art.  The gallery will be full of artworks resurrecting Gone Birds so that we can learn more about what has been lost.  A section of the exhibition will be dedicated to telling stories about the work being done around the world to stop any more bird species becoming extinct.

Here’s a taster of some of the excellent work featured:

The exhibition includes work from major British artists like Sir Peter Blake and Ralph Steadman, wildlife artists like Dafila Scott and Harriet Mead, plus young rising stars of the contemporary art scene like Kai & Sunny, Charming Baker, Jamie Hewlett and Rob Ryan.  Music is by Jimi Goodwin (Doves) and writers such as novelist Margaret Atwood and poet John Barlow.

The project aims to “raise a creative army for conservation” – to establish a new meeting point between art and the environment.  As well as enjoying the multimedia exhibition, local schools are invited to fulfil the same brief as the artists and create their own artistic tributes to extinct birds, and get the opportunity to discuss the work with a representative of the RSPB or BirdLife or even one of the artists themselves.

Check out the Ghosts of Gone Birds facebook page for more information and some more images of the exhibition.

The exhibition is at Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, Shoreditch, E2 7ES from Nov 2-23rd.

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