Andy Holden / Peter Holden: Natural Selection

Andy Holden Peter Holden Artangel

Father and son Andy Holden and Peter Holden take us on an ornithological journey: from the building of nests to the collecting of eggs.

The exhibition is situated in the former Cuming Museum – a museum founded by a father and son – which was originally home to a collection of natural history and archaeological curiosities.

Natural Selection showcases several multi-screen films, a selection of archival material, and Andy Holden’s own collection of found nests. The exhibition will span two floors and capture the multi-sensory oeuvre of birds. ‘A Natural History of Nest Building’, situated on the ground floor, exposes the unscrupulous cuckoo; the artistry of the bowerbird; and the nest as an object in its own right. While, in the basement, ‘A Social History of Egg Collecting’ sheds light on this practice in a changing legal landscape, and the resultant criminal operations after 1954, through a video work ‘The Opposite of Time’ and an installation titled ‘How the Artist Was Led to the Study of Nature’.

Duration 10 September 2017 - 05 November 2017
Times Wednesday – Saturday* 11:00 – 19:00 (last admission 18:45) Sunday 11:00 – 17:00
Cost Free
Venue Former Newington Library
Address 155 Walworth Road Elephant & Castle London SE17 1RS, ,
Contact +44 (0)20 7713 1400 / /


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