Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World
The Gallery
The Levinsky Gallery

The Animal Gaze

Multiple artists

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The Animal Gaze (2009)
The Animal Gaze explored the complex relationships between animals and humans. It featured the work of over 40 international artists at four exhibition venues in Plymouth; and at CCANW near Exeter.

This exhibition was also part of Darwin200, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Darwin and marking 150 years since On the Origin of Species was published. Darwin’s concept of the evolution of species through natural selection revolutionised our understanding of nature and our place within it. The city of Plymouth itself has particular relevance since Darwin’s most influential voyage of discovery, onboard the HMS Beagle, set sail from Devonport, Plymouth, on 27 December 1831.

The exhibition was accompanied by a series of public events including walks, workshops, film screenings and newly commissioned interactive art projects by artists Patience and Ella and Duncan Speakman.

“The Animal Gaze is an exhibition showing how animals currently appear in Western contemporary art. The work has been selected, from a range of national and international artists, for its new approach to animals, taking into account ethics, politics and aesthetics.”

Rosemarie McGoldrick


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The Animal Gaze (2009)