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Menagerie

With our focus this year on Harewood’s bird collection, and the 50th anniversary of the Bird Garden, this Spring we celebrate with a new exhibition in the House by renowned British sculptor Kate MccGwire.

With 9 sculptures including one new commission, this exhibition, entitled Menagerie, connects the themes of nature, sustainability and art in a series of beautiful and intricate pieces.
Inspired by nature, Kate works primarily with discarded feathers, playing with opposites and contrasts in her pieces, which are visually striking, but often have a darker undertone or meaning. She has exhibited all over the world, in addition to creating other acclaimed site-specific installations within historical buildings.

We have commissioned a brand new work from Kate for the Yellow Drawing Room. Kate was inspired by the ornate design of the room, with its Chippendale furniture and Robert Adam ceiling. Cavort uses the ceiling as a starting point and is a new floor covering combining mirrors and reflections that bring the room and its decoration to light in a playful way. It is made from the feathers of game birds that once would have roamed the Harewood Estate, each creating a riot of design and colour that will have the appearance of a giant kaleidoscope.