Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December, 2.00 – 4.30pm The Higgins, Bedford
Find artist Lyndall Phelps at the dining table in the Victorian house to learn about her mini-residency at The Higgins and her love of all things avian. Lyndall has been rifling through the museum’s natural history stores and will be revealing some of the taxidermied birds that they normally keep under wraps. She has become fascinated with The Higgins fine collection of eighteenth century porcelain bird tureens and figurines, from their original function as decorative tableware for desserts through to the unexpected parallels that exist between the porcelain birds and natural history collections at The Higgins.
As a self-confessed bird obsessive, Lyndall is currently scouring local charity shops and car boot sales in order to build her own collection of ceramic birds, which you can see on the day. Come prepared for a lively discussion and a touch of the surreal! If you collect, admire or occasionally spot birds in a variety of forms, from ceramic figurines to badges, designs on fabric or posters bring them or a photo of them and Lyndall will add them to an on-line archive titled Birds of Bedford, where a wondrous array of Bedford’s birds can be showcased.
The residency is commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts in partnership with The Higgins, Bedford.