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Peter Ainsworth: A Stuffed Bird Found on a bank of the Thames at Crayford Ness

4 December 2008 – 12 February 2009

Visual arts commissioning agency Pavilion is delighted to present A Stuffed Bird Found on a bank of the Thames at Crayford Nest a series of photographic work by Peter Ainsworth.

Peter worked with gallery professionals in the production of A stuffed bird found on a bank o f the Thames at Crayford Ness, asking each to perform within the landscape as if they were in a gallery space, treating detritus as works of art.

In the series the technicians are depicted mapping an object, documenting it so that it could be re-installed within a gallery space, carefully wrapping the object for transportation.

A stuffed bird found on a bank of the Thames at Crayford Ness explores the photograph both as a piece of empirical evidence and as an object on a gallery wall. The work engages in a dialogue surrounding the nature of human intervention within the landscape and perceptions of art works viewed in a gallery context.

In 2008, Peter was one of five artists awarded a Pavilion Commission. His new work Spring and Summer Angel Road (A406), developed in collaboration with Pavilion, represents an engagement with the peripheral and ephemeral within urban edge space. This series is currently on show as part of New Works: Pavilion Commissions 2008, a group exhibition at the National Media Museum until 25 January 2009.

In 2004 Peter was a finalist in the prestigious London photographic awards. In 2007 he was awarded an MA with distinction at the London College of Communication. Peter is currently exhibiting at the Royal Standard Gallery, Liverpool as part of the Liverpool Biennial.

© Peter Ainsworth, A stuffed bird found on a bank of the Thames at Crayford Ness (detail), 2007

Opening event:
4 December 6.00 – 8.00 pm at Pavilion.

Peter will be in conversation with Anna Reid (Pavilion Director) at a special event during January. See for details.

7 Saw Mill Yard, Round Foundry, Leeds, LS11 5WH

Opening times:
Mon - Fri 12.00 – 5.00pm and by appointment. Admission is free.

For further information and images for press contact Gill Howard, Pavilion Audience Development Officer on tel: 0113 242 5100 or email:

Additional notes for editors:
Pavilion is a visual arts commissioning agency that collaborates with artists and audiences to make exceptional new works of art, using photography and digital media. Through the Pavilion Commissions Programme, Pavilion aims to make an important contribution to the UK photographic sector.

Pavilion recently relocated and opened a new gallery within the Leeds based Round Foundry Estate. Pavilion will be presenting a rolling programme of exhibitions that showcases the work of some of the most talented and innovative emerging artists working in the UK today.

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