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Afterlife . The Whitaker DEC 2023- MAR 2024

Afterlife resurrects the Whitaker’s off show taxidermy collection as new dioramas in a temporary ‘swamp heaven’. The show draws together installation, works on paper, music, scent and performance to create a multisensory fantasy wetlands, based on Tingle’s fascination with the habitat and new stories dreamt up from her personal experiences in nature. 

Inspired initially by the Whitaker’s famous tableaux The Tiger & The Python, these new interventions echo the historic use of taxidermy where unnatural depictions of nature were favoured over scientific accuracy; the diorama has been adopted as a myth making tool. Environmental conversation undersets this new work-  the fabrication of a dream afterworld, based on real living spaces for these dead specimens promotes Tingle’s belief that the idea of ‘heaven’ is already here on earth, in nature, and must be preserved. 

 This exhibition is made possible by Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants.


Simon Woolham: Performer (The Frog)

Lucy Haighton: Performer (The Turtle/ The Otter)

Steven Calver: Olfactory Scent Installation

KINRAR: Performer (The Swamp Reaper) / Music and audio installation

Angela Tait: Ceramic Installation

Lewis Lafond: Photography

With thanks to:

Pat Morris: The History of Taxidermy Lecture

Emma Liggins: Guest Speaker

WWT Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust: Education Resources

No Such Thing Records/ Kycker/ Blaudud Flies: Music release and Vinyl 

Fourth Day PR, Striking Displays, G F Smith

Fourdrinier Review 


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