Newly open for their summer season, Bolton Museum’s immersive Birds of Bolton exhibition combines art and natural history to celebrate Britain’s magical flying fauna.

Open until Sun 3 Nov, the captivating installation features an array of family-friendly activities and entertainment, including wildlife films, drawing sessions, wondrous trails and even a life-sized bird hide, as well as an absorbing special events programme which includes nature walks, guided tours, art workshops, poetry evenings and a series of talks by Russ Hedley from Nature Walks and Talks.

Open now and free to visit, Birds of Bolton was inspired by a sizeable recent donation of sketchbooks by the late artist and naturalist, Eric Gorton, whose drawings captured the unique avian diversity in Bolton and its surrounding areas between 1947 and 1998.

The work of contemporary artists Kirsty Yeomans, Mark Lightowler and Lesley Young – whose nature-inspired paintings are also on display at Manchester Art Gallery – will feature in the exhibition alongside Gorton’s illustrations.

Sam Elliot, Head of Service for Bolton Library and Museum, said:

“Eric Gorton spent over fifty years filling sketchbooks with the most brilliant observations of local wildlife, full of wonder, curiosity and surprise.

“We hope that by showcasing his art in our summer exhibition we will inspire people to discover Bolton’s natural environments for themselves.”

Birds of Bolton is free to visit, with no booking required.

Click here for more info.

Sat 29 Jun - Sun 3 Nov, Bolton Museum,
Le Mans Cres, Bolton BL1 1SE
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Mon 1 Jul 2024