Saatchi show for UCA lecturer

Jane Howarth has been selected for the Saatchi exhibition at Hyatt Regency Churchill Image courtesy of Saatchi Online © Justin Piperger, 2013

The director of the Saatchi Gallery has selected works by a lecturer from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Maidstone for a new exhibition in London.

Jane Howarth, senior lecturer in Fashion Textiles for Pre-Degree courses, has three of her unique taxidermy birds on show in Burning Bright at the Hyatt Regency Churchill Hotel until 30 April 2013.

The exhibition is part of the hotel's partnership with the Saatchi Gallery and Frieze Art Fair to display a selection of artwork by emerging artists in public spaces and its exclusive Saatchi Gallery Suite.

Jane Howarth said: "It feels fantastic to have my work included in a Saatchi exhibition - I'm sure it's something every aspiring artist dreams of.

"There are many hundreds, possibly thousands of talented artists on show at Saatchi Online and to be personally selected from such a prestigious group by the director of the Saatchi Gallery herself, Rebecca Wilson, doesn't come bigger or better than that, in my opinion. I feel honoured."

Jane Howarth is a lecturer at UCA Maidstone The exhibition takes place around the hotel to give visitors a unique opportunity to interact with contemporary art from around the world outside of the normal art environment of a gallery or museum. 

Jane said: "I love how this exhibition is located in the public areas of the hotel because it will open up art to a wider audience. Having lectured in art and design for the best part of 25 years, I feel I am an advocate of the idea that art is for all and not just for the elite.

"I also think it is really important that we find as many opportunities as possible to make our general surroundings become places that are full of fantastic art and design."

Jane's taxidermy works were highlighted in an article by Business Traveller Magazine.

The birds are part of her Bonne Bouche collection of '1930's Sea Birds', who have feasted on a picnic of leather gloves, pearl necklaces and other delightful items left abandoned on the sand.

Ada, one of Jane's taxidermy birds from her Bonne Bouche collection Jane added: "I have a curious mind that searches into, and appreciates, the corners of life and death that others may find ugly and grotesque. I enjoy exploring a world that challenges our perceptions of beauty and verges on the macabre.

"My work is, among other things, an attempt to transform dead animals into strangely beautiful museum pieces. I have become a cosmetic taxidermist, playing with both seduction and repulsion."

Burning Bright is showing at the Hyatt Regency Churchill Hotel in London until 30 April 2013. All of the exhibits are available to buy.

For more information contact:

David Reilly, Press Officer, UCA
T: 01252 892939
E: dreilly@ucreative.ac.uk

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