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The Museum is under threat from an infestation of minute malevolent skeleton fairies. A spate of thefts and mysterious breakages have alerted us to their presence, and they have been observed wreaking quiet havoc amongst the decorative art collections. Please be vigilant.

We are working to get the infestation under control, but our gallery is alive. See more images here>>

Friday 11 July, 7.30pm
The Smallest Show on Earth
IN CONVERSATION with Tessa Farmer, Tim Cockerill and Petra Lange-Berndt
Tickets £10/ £8 FREE for Holburne Contemporaries
Tel 01225 388569

Tessa Farmer is the creator of the miniature world of sinister fairies and their insect cohorts that currently infest our galleries. For this event, Tessa will be joined by zoologist Dr Tim Cockerill and art historian Dr Petra Lange-Berndt, as she discusses the developing mythology of her fantastical world and the technical challenges that she faces in realising her visions.

After several years researching the history and techniques of the flea circus, Tim has uncovered previously unseen footage and photos of the fleas in action. Tim has also tracked down the last remaining Flea Circus Professors, who have taught him the secret techniques of flea training.

Petra will give a survey on artists working with living insects, and insect remains, in modern and contemporary art focusing on the theoretical concept of the swarm and swarming.

Workshop for Adults
Tessa Farmer
Saturday 12 July 10am-5pm
Ticket £40/£35 concs Tel 01225 388569

The Workshop will focus on the form of the mammalian skeleton. Working with collected natural materials such as twigs, leaves and bark we will use hot glue guns to build sculptures inspired by animal or human skeletons. No prior knowledge required.

Tessa Farmer has a BFA and an MFA from The Ruskin, University of Oxford and exhibits worldwide. She teaches a summer sculpture course at ZSL London Zoo, and has been a visiting tutor at Bath Spa and Lincoln Universities.

In partnership with Bath Spa University




Infestation is widespread


Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm
Sun and Bank Holidays 11am to 5pm