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Contemporary Art Exhibitions, Artist talks & Workshops

Ruby Tingle Afterlife

Ruby Tingle presents her new work Afterlife, resurrecting The Whitaker’s off show taxidermy collection as new dioramas in a temporary ‘swamp heaven’. The show draws together installation, works on paper, music, scent and performance to create a multi sensory fantasy wetlands, based on Tingle’s fascination with the habitat and new stories dreamt up from her personal experiences in nature.

Inspired initially by the Whitaker’s famous tableaux The Tiger & The Python, these new interventions echo the historic use of taxidermy where unnatural depictions of nature were favoured over scientific accuracy; the diorama has been adopted as a myth making tool. Environmental conversation under sets this new work- the fabrication of a dream afterworld, based on real living spaces for these dead specimens promotes Tingle’s belief that the idea of ‘heaven’ is already here on earth, in nature, and must be preserved.

  • Dates
    Thursday 14th December 2023 – Sunday 10th March 2024
  • Tickets

    Free, open to all. 

This event is supported by the Arts Council England

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Ruby Tingle is an award winning audiovisual artist and performer represented by No Such Thing Records and PAPER Gallery. Her practice is concerned with the reconstruction of familiar forms and presenting the extraordinary as authentic. Expanded collage spans performance, installation, sound, work on paper and interventions with museum collections. A fascination with water, wetlands habitat and herpetology roots her material and conceptual investigation, with an aim to present unnatural histories, dreamworlds and new myths which blur the lines between science and cryptozoology. Tingle’s music mixes elements of natural sound, high range celestial vocals and electronica to produce romantic and dreamy, experimental ‘music from the swamp’. She has exhibited at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, the Venice Biennale and Chetham’s Library, with music performances and commissions at Manchester Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, Bluedot and New Colossus Festival in New York.

On the following dates, there will be some extra special animal guests around the museum – see if you can spot the frog, the otter, the turtle and the swamp reaper around our building!

Saturday 13th January
Saturday 27th January 
Saturday 3rd February 
Saturday 17th February
Saturday 27th February
Saturday 9th March

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