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Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience - Exhibition at The National Trust, Cherryburn - Photographic documentation of Marcus Coates' Art Installation 'Conference for the Birds'

posted on 2021-01-19, 14:07 authored by Marcus Coates, Andrew Burton, Venda Pollock, Andrew Newman, Judith King, Rebecca FarleyRebecca Farley, Nick Cass, Niki Black

This folder includes images from MCAHE project depicting Marcus Coates’ Art installation Conference of the Birds at The National Trust, Cherryburn.

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Images of the installations at Cherryburn have to be credited to the artist Marcus Coates, and the respective photographer: Colin Davidson (Please see file name)

Conference for the Birds was Coates’ direct response to Thomas Bewick’s lifelong work as a natural history artist, relating ornithology to today’s species and environment. Gathering together experts in this field, Coates orchestrated a one day ‘conference’, where ornithologists ‘inhabited’ the species they so admired and spoke, imagining a first-hand perspective, as their chosen bird. The conference was recorded and edited by Coates, and presented through speakers positioned underneath huge sculptural birds’ heads, positioned in the intimate space of Thomas Bewick’s birthplace.


Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience: Creation, Consumption and Exchange

Arts and Humanities Research Council

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