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‘Murmuration’ at the Bowes Museum explores avian symbolism in art and traces its significance across different cultures.

One of the more eye-catching pieces at this group show is sure to be Bethan Maddocks’ paper sculptural-installation ‘Twelfth Night Pie’, which recreates a bird pie filled with species that now face mass decline. The exhibition will show how birds play a pivotal role in the health of our environment, but also show how, in art, they can also act as metaphors for innocence, status and courtship. Featuring a mix of contemporary and historical works – that take in drawing, sculpture, film and installation – the artists represented include the likes of Hanna Asikainen (work pictured), Larry Achiampong, David Blandy, David Shrigley (yay!), Shiraz Bayjoo, Sally Madge, Ryan Gander,  CF Tunnicliffe and the museum founder herself, Joséphine Bowes. GM

Murmuration, 27 January-23 June, The Bowes Musuem, Barnard Castle,