Horniman Museum project to reveal hidden taxidermy treasures with Mark Fairnington, Reader in painting at CCW.
There are now only two weeks left of the Horniman Museum’s crowd-funding project to help Mark Fairnington reveal the museum’s hidden world. If you’ve not yet donated please consider doing so, every penny counts.
Their project is to stage an exhibition of Mark Fairnington’s paintings alongside their inspiration, the Horniman Museum’s collection of hidden taxidermy treasures. These aren’t usually on display to the public but will be shown with Mark’s paintings in the strange and surreal forms that inspired his work, straight from the museum archives, and they need your help to make this happen. This week they gave followers of the project a preview of a new work by Mark, Okapi. This is a painting of the eye of a beautiful specimen which is the temporary star of the Natural History Gallery at the Horniman. You can see this fascinating painting and find out more about it on the Art Fund website.
Valerie Boulet, Head of Fundraising and Membership at the Horniman Museum, says about the project:
Supporters have the chance to own two of Mark’s beautiful eye prints of their very own,Tyger Tyger and Zebra, available only as part of this crowd-funding project. Donors receive rewards from as little as £5 and include limited-edition postcards, scarves and bags.
If we do not reach our target the exhibition will not take place. Please help make this exhibition possible by donating and sharing our message today, your help is very much appreciated.
- Horniman Museum and Gardens website
- Watch a video about the project on the Art Fund website
- Mark Fairnington’s website