Author Amanda Solomon
Based in St George’s Place, Brighton, the ONCA gallery has gone off-track with a showcase of work inspired by wild animals for its summer show running until Sunday 15th September.
In partnership with Sussex Wildlife Trust the ‘Making Tracks’ exhibition brings together over forty artists, writers, performers, scientists and educators to highlight the importance of local animal pathways for Britain’s wildlife.
Artists responded to a brief asking them to explore routes and pathways that exist or are forged around us – either migratory, instinctive or idle, through air land or water.
Visitors can make melodies from migratory patterns of birds or ‘beware the gallery stairs’ where Anna Collette Hunt’s ‘Stirring the Swarm’ takes residence.
Professor of Art and Environment at Falmouth University Dr Daro Montag and UK-based artist Martin Prothero both showcase unusually hands-off pieces that allow animals themselves to author the work.
Alongside art, expect an exciting range of events from poetry, storytelling and film to wildlife walks and DJ workshops.
Michael Blencowe, our Community Wildlife Officer says “It’s fantastic – and appropriate – that ‘Making Tracks’ is supporting our work in Sussex. Through the creation of habitat corridors in rural and urban areas we are making a living landscape which gives our wildlife the freedom to move and disperse naturally.”
The project is raising funds for Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Youth Rangers. Aimed at 16-25 year olds, our Youth Ranger group is for anyone who wants to get outside, help local wildlife and learn practical conservation skills. We currently have two volunteer groups based in Brighton and Crawley, please see our website page for further details.
The ONCA Gallery ‘Making Tracks’ exhibition runs until Sunday 15 September. Admission is free. Opening times are Wednesday to Friday 12-7pm and Saturday / Sunday 11-6pm at 14 St George’s Place, Brighton, BN1 4GB.