Conflicted Seeds + Spirit

David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, 2016

An art commission by the University of Cambridge
Wednesday – Sundays, 10am – 5pm

The David Attenborough Building
New Museums Site, University of Cambridge, CB2 3QZ
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The University of Cambridge presents an exhibition of new works by Ackroyd & Harvey at the David Attenborough Building. The artists have been awarded a major public art commission in response to the refurbishment and redevelopment of the iconic brutalist building designed by Arup Associates in the 1960’s. This is the first showing of work by Ackroyd & Harvey in Cambridge and includes a mixed-media living artwork, a split screen film work, a large-scale wall text work and an existing sculptural work. Two large-scale exterior works composed of intensively layered-slate are currently being installed on the Corn Exchange entrance and the New Museum entrance to building.

The redevelopment of the David Attenborough Building has been designed by Nicholas Hare Architects and the building will be home to both the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) and the University Museum of Zoology. This pioneering relationship celebrates the advancement of research, practice and public engagement with the natural world and protection of biodiversity. It will house over 500 academics, practitioners and students from the University and its CCI partner organisations.

Following a period of consultation with academics from the Department of Zoology, researchers and directors from the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, Ackroyd & Harvey initiated a series of works that address the interdependence that exists between the partners who will inhabit the new building and aims to build on the links between fundamental biology, global conservation, the Museum’s collections and human ecologies.

A series of artist talks and exhibition tours are being run throughout the exhibition. See the exhibition website for details.


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