It was a dark and stormy night or something.

I’d like to take this opportunity to both introduce this blog (done!) and talk about The Other Art Fair.

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The Old Truman Brewery will be hosting this show on the same weekend as the somewhat better-known Frieze Art Fair at Regents’ Park, making it something for your diaries should you be in the Capital, and have a taste for artists with their feet a little more firmly rooted in the ground (or not, depending on your point of view).

There’s a wealth of artists listed for the weekend, including the likes of Rachel Ann Stevenson, whose work incorporates the use of bronze and taxidermy to create surreal compositions.

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Rachel Ann Stevenson – Loveless Bird

Another reason why this show is going to be interesting? The London Taxidermy Academy will be making an appearance! They are going to be offering workshops for a small fee throughout the duration of TOAF, ranging from mice and guinea pigs, to butterflies if the potential for leaky guts just isn’t your cup of tea.

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The taxidermy workshops will cover mice (Friday) and guinea pigs (Saturday), with anthropomorphism running as the main theme. Attendees are encouraged to bring along some potential props they might wish to use for their chosen critter for the completely normal practice of dressing up dead animals and posing them to look a bit like people. I will be attending the mouse workshop, so I promise to upload the potentially awful results of that here as soon as possible.

Tickets for both entry and workshops can be purchased HERE and while you’re at it, take a look at The London Taxidermy Academy’s website. They have a list of courses available, along with the potential for a two-headed rabbit workshop for animal stuffing with a Halloween flavour.

In the meantime, I’ll be scouring for upcoming shows and discussing them here.  Nighty night.

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About Darke

I'm an ex-teacher who is embarking on a career change. As of writing this blurb, I am starting a BSc (Hons) Degree at Exeter University in Medical Imaging.
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