An Artistic Aviary at The Watts Contemporary

The A2 exhibition poster for 'An Artistic Aviary' at the Watts Contemporary Gallery, featuring Richard Spare's Autumn Blue Tit

An Artistic Aviary opens at Watts Contemporary Gallery on 9 July 2021 (until 12 September 2021)


Richard is delighted to be an invited exhibitor at the Watts Contemporary Gallery's first exhibition to celebrate the art of birds, An Artistic Aviary.

Opening at Watts Contemporary Gallery on 9 July, An Artistic Aviary presents work by 17 contemporary artists in a wide range of media to celebrate the art of birds.


Bringing together paintings, ceramics, prints and sculpture, the exhibition explores humankind’s relationship with birds and highlights their continuing inspiration for artists.


Birds have always been a source of wonder and mystery for artists. They have been used as powerful symbols of freedom and beauty, idolised for their extraordinary colour and form, celebrated for their song and admired for their almost magical abilities of flight and navigation.


More recently, as issues of climate change have become pressing, contemporary artists have portrayed bird life to draw attention to issues of conservation, extinction and the vital need to protect wildlife for future generations.


An Artistic Aviary features work by some of the best known UK artists currently exploring these themes.
Courtesy of Watts Gallery – Artists' Village

Detail of the The A4 exhibition poster for 'An Artistic Aviary' at the Watts Contemporary Gallery, featuring Richard Spare's Perching KingfisherThe Watts Contemporary Gallery is located in one of the original Compton Pottery buildings. Situated in the stunning Grade II* listed Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village in Surrey, this charming survey of contemporary British avian art is not to be missed.Watts Gallery - Artists' Village is a unique Arts & Crafts gem nestled in the Surrey Hills.

Located in the woodlands of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village is surrounded by beautiful bird life. This summer, we invite visitors to discover our woodland and to enjoy our exhibitions and events, including An Artistic Aviary.


We are delighted to be presenting work by leading contemporary artists who continue to be inspired by our birds and by our heritage, and we look forward to sharing their wonderful work with you.
— Alistair Burtenshaw, Director of Watts Gallery Trust


Images courtesy of Watts Gallery – Artists' Village

5th July 2021



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