Artists fly high with Scunthorpe bird installation

Artists fly high with Scunthorpe bird installation

Artists fly high with Scunthorpe bird installation

The bird population of North Lincolnshire is the subject of a Scunthorpe art installation created through online workshops.

North Lincolnshire Museum is launching the exhibition, which features sculptures created by members of the public.

Shoreline, Skyline, Treetop Messenger goes on display from today (Thursday) and will be launched virtually with a live ‘in conversation’ event featuring the artists alongside Sheffield University bird scientist Nicola Hemmings from 6pm to 7.15pm.

The exhibition has been commissioned by arts and environmental organisation Invisible Dust from artists Philip Duckworth and Ben Sadler of Juneau Projects, who adapted to the coronavirus situation by using a series of online sessions instead of face-to-face workshops.

It features bronze casts of hand-drawn models of birds by members of the public, as well as a book inspired by research into the museum’s collection of bird specimens.

This collection includes the red-backed shrike, a bird that is now virtually extinct as a breeder in the UK.

The artists worked with scientists to explore the historic and modern-day local bird population, and the issues that cause species to decline.

They then held Zoom workshops where members of the local community were encouraged to take part in printing, papercutting, lino printing and wax modelling.

Artist Phillip Duckworth of Juneau Projects said: “We have enjoyed developing our collaborative working method for this project to deliver practical hands-on workshops via remote, digital means, during the Covid restrictions.

“This link between the hand-made and technology has always been a key part of our work and is brought into sharp relief in this project.”

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