‘Conference for the Birds’ by artist Marcus Coates is a sound and sculpture installation celebrating the lives of birds depicted in Thomas Bewick’s A History of British Birds.
You are invited to sit with the sculptures, created as enlarged facsimiles of Thomas Bewick’s prints, and listen to seven different bird species discussing their lives with each other.
The birds, played by six wildlife experts and Marcus Coates, discuss topics from migration to predation and the challenges they face day to day.
This exhibition forms part of a programme of exhibitions at Croome in 2023 which include ‘Thomas Bewick: Looking Closely’. Visit the National Trust website to find out more about upcoming events at Croome.
‘Conference for the Birds’ was originally commissioned by Newcastle University as part of their Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London).
Follow the website link to visit the National Trust website for more information.
There is no additional charge for entry to the installation (normal admission to the venue applies).
5 September 2023 – 25 February 2024 inclusive (but excluding 24 & 25 December): 11am – 4pm