Saturday 26th 2018
Programmed by
Jane Elizabeth Bennett

Art Zoo breaks down the barriers between artists and audiences.

Art Zoo is part performance, part installation, and part living sculpture. It is an absurdist event that will give visitors to the Harris a glimpse into an exciting and vibrant world.

Whilst traversing the Harris Galleries with their trusty Art Zoo Keeper, visitors where introduced to the Turner Prize-winning painter Lubaina Himid, printmaker and bookbinder Kathryn Poole and sculptor and installation artist Jack Woodward.

During tours through the galleries, the friendly Zoo Keeper offered unique insights into the artistic process of each practitioner as well as fun facts about the ‘specimens’. Did you know that the lithographic process can take over seventy hours?

Exploring the artist’s habitats, visitors learnt about their social hierarchies and behaviours and watched them as they created work. What does an artist really ‘do’ in order to make artwork? What are their habits and habitats? Are their habitats thriving and endangered? What is their favourite food and what does it mean to be a practicing artist?

Art Zoo will offered a unique glimpse into a rarely seen and little-understood world, such as watching Kathryn Poole draw, process, and print lithographic aluminum plates, a lithographer is a truly unique and rarely sighted artist.

Jack Woodward, winner of 2017 Lancashire Arts Festival spent the day sculpting, playing and building within the Galleries. Jack is an engaging artist and his friendly nature maked him a unique specimen.

Using unique materials he developed himself, Rob Mullender maked rubbings of three dimensional objects – trying to capture all their details from all directions, producing an unreliable map of the object’s surfaces.

Tina Dempsey is a collage and installation artist who responded to the Harris collection.

About the artists

Read more about Jane Elizabeth Bennett

Read more about the the artists taking part here


The artists will be working on site all day for you to visit. Or you can book on one of our free guided tours more information will be coming soon….

All events took place at The Harris Museum and Art Gallery

above photography © Garry Cook
 © Jackie Jones