The Harborne Art Gallery, located within Frametec in Harborne, will be hosting an exhibition all about hens! The aptly titled exhibition, ‘It’s All About The Hens’, aims to celebrate the therapeutic contribution that hens can make to people’s lives and to raise awareness for hen welfare.
The exhibition has been generously sponsored by Tyndallwoods Solicitors in Edgbaston, and will run from 14th August until 10th October 2015 at the Harborne Art Gallery.
The works featured in the exhibition have been created by two British artists, Ali McQuail and Lady Jane Gray, who are both passionate about hen welfare and are huge supporters of the BHWT!
Lady Jane Gray is a Cornish Artist who draws inspiration from her ex-batt hens. She creates quirky and fun up-cycled textiles that aim to promote hen welfare and compassionate farming by bringing the joy of hens into people’s homes in the form of humorous art.
‘It is both my privilege and honour to have the support of Tyndallwoods Solicitors, Ali McQuail and Peter Frith at Harborne Gallery, for an exciting exhibition. I am really looking forward to taking up residency with my art in ‘Brum’ soon.
My artwork evolved because of my personal passion for hens and wanting compassionate welfare for commercially farmed hens. I love this quote by Mary Hirsch: ‘Humour is a rubber sword – it allows you to make a point without drawing blood’. I hope by using my humour in my art that I can reach out to an ethically-aware audience who will not only support us but help us grow through education and sharing the knowledge that chickens are intelligent creatures to love and adore!’ – Lady Jane Gray.
Ali McQuail is a local Harborne Artist. Like Jane, Ali has pet ex-batts which she enjoys translating into paintings which will feature in the upcoming exhibition. Some of Ali’s hens have even featured in the BHWT calendar in previous years.
Artist and self-proclaimed ‘Hen-Enthusiast’, Ali McQuail, said: ‘I am delighted to be sharing an exhibition with my fellow Artist and Hen-Enthusiast, Lady Jane Gray. We both believe that hens have an amazing therapeutic contribution to make to people’s lives and our exhibition aims to show what beautiful, intelligent, humorous birds they are, and perhaps make you consider keeping your own!
I believe that buying British free range eggs or keeping hens yourself is the best way to support a proper life for commercial hens, not to mention giving you a free supply of delicious free range eggs! So Lady Jane and I warmly invite you to our exhibition of gorgeous hens and maybe you will find that they work their magic on you too!’
In keeping with the hen theme, Picture Framer and Director of Frametec and Harborne Art Gallery, Peter Frith, is installing new wallpaper featuring feathers at the gallery, as well as other features using straw, origami hens and painted eggs. Peter also hopes to support both us and Hens and Rainbows, with a target of raising £200 for each organisation which Peter hopes to gather through donations from viewers at the launch of the exhibition, sales of his origami hens as well as the donation of a signed print each by Ali and Jane, which Peter will frame at no cost, to a raffle being held throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Peter Frith comments: ‘I am very excited about the forthcoming exhibition. Both Alison and Lady Jane are submitting some fantastic works of art and the theme of hens is making my mind bubble with all sorts of ideas. This exhibition will give everyone an opportunity to buy high quality original art, prints and unusual hen related objects and find out more about what good pets hens make!’