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Reading Museum - World Animal Art Journeys 14/09/2019 - 18/04/2020

 AN EXCITING new exhibition launches at Reading Museum this September offering an extraordinary glimpse of art work inspired by the animal kingdom.

‘ANIMAL: World Art Journeys’ delivers a visual treat inspired by the animal world, from lobsters and lions, to donkeys with dragons, and fabulous birds & beasties! The free exhibition launches to the public on 14th September and runs until 18th April 2020 in the John Madejski Art Gallery.

Drawn from across the collections of Reading Museum, the Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL) and Reading people, this is a show with something for everyone – from families and art lovers alike.

Visitors will be able to journey through time and around the world, where great art meets great craft. See how artists have transformed the animal world into stunning stylised forms such as Peruvian weavings and Javanese batiks. Enjoy the work of artists from as far afield as ancient Egypt or nineteenth century Asia to contemporary Britain.

Star objects include a breath-taking 19th Century Chinese court robe and the acclaimed 19th Century artist Charles Burton Barbar’s stunning ‘Gelert’ – which illustrates the legendary story of the faithful dog who protected the Welsh King Llywelyn’s infant son from a wolf. Visitors can admire straw birds from The MERL’s collection.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an exciting activity and events programme.  There will be an ‘animal’ themed half term for children at Reading Museum, as well as talks and events at The MERL. There may even be animals who escape into the town… Find out more at:  and

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Reading Museum, Blagrave Street,

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When is it on
Saturday 14 September 2019 – Saturday 18 April 2020
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Free Entry

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