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As the Parakeet Flies

For our first major commission and in collaboration with Barnsley Council we filled Cannon Hall Museum’s exhibition rooms with a colony of rose-ringed green parakeets. To mark the re-opening of the museum in spring 2013, our parakeets are painted in a style called trompe-l’oiel (French for deceive the eye). They are all different, all doing different things and all full of character. To accompany the parakeets we composed a soundscape that consists of bird song and Indian inspired cyclic music played on our Glass Harp, an ancient instrument that traces its roots to 10th Century Tibet.

The work is inspired by the story of the parakeet colonies of London and how they have thrived against all the odds in a place where they don’t really belong. Some people view the parakeet colonies with hostility but most share the view that their presence adds vibrance to the sights and sounds of London. We hope visitors enjoy the humorous side of this work and we hope it demonstrates that difference and diversity are good things.

The project is a continuation of the successful partnership that Barnsley has built up with Newham, one of the Olympic host boroughs of London.

We are very grateful to Barnsley Council for helping us realize the project and to Arts Council England for sharing our vision and funding the project.

Although the full exhibition is now closed the curators at Cannon Hall have left the painted parakeets in place - they are now a permanent feature of the museum.

Cannon Hall Museum, Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT
Open Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm
FREE ENTRY

For further details about visiting the exhibition please contact Cannon Hall Museum on:
Telephone 01226 790270
Email: cannonhall@barnsley.gov.uk

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