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    What it's Like to be a Bird

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What it's Like to be a Bird

4 AUG - 25 SEP 2022
OPEN WED-SUN, 10AM-5PM
FREE ENTRY

Catherine Rayner is an award-winning author and illustrator based in Edinburgh. She has written over 20 books for children, while illustrating other well-known authors including Julia Donaldson and Michael Morpurgo.

In 2021, Catherine illustrated Tim Birkhead’s words for a book aimed at a young audience, What it’s Like to be a Bird. The core of this exhibition relates to this project.

Catherine explains her excitement at taking on the project: “I had drawn and painted birds previously for my own children's books as well as for large scale paintings, but never before had I been asked to consider the minutest details of their behaviour, to be checked by a world-renowned ornithologist! I was nervous and excited at the same time”.

The exhibition at the SOC is an opportunity to see the original paintings that were used in the book while offering Catherine a chance to explore the subject on a different scale: “When I am working on a book, I often make large paintings of the subjects or characters in the story, because working exclusively within the size of a page can feel restrictive. In addition, knowing that this exhibition was in the diary opened the possibility that each page might exist outside of the book”. Some of the paintings on show are the original illustrations from the book while others are inspired by the words of Tim Birkhead and Catherine’s new found fascination for the spellbinding world of birds.

More artwork by Catherine be found in our online art shop.

 

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