Daphne Wright - Primate

Marble dust, onyx, resin, paint and silk embroidery, courtesy the Artist and Frith Street Gallery, London

Robert Davies - Buttercup

Pencil on paper, courtesy the Artist

Nina Saunders - Refuge

Taxidermy fox and upholstered armchair. Courtesy David Roberts Collection, London.

Matt Collishaw - Insecticide 17

C-type photo on Dibond, courtesy the Artist and Blain Southern Limited, London

House of Beasts Symposium

House of Beasts Symposium: 


Enquiries into The Human and The Animal


The questioning of relationships is the crux of the current House of Beasts exhibition at Attingham Park. Through contemporary art, the exhibition explores the estate’s past and present ties to, and relationships with, animals.  The contemporary works offer an opportunity to revisit Attingham’s collections and history, giving a chance to not only consider Attingham’s connections to but also our own bonds with animals

Further examinations of these human-animal relations are explored at a number of accompanying events, including at the House Of Beasts Symposium.  This event juxtaposed and two perspectives - those of the artists and academics - on our relationships with animals, opening a debate exploring the cultural, philosophical and ethical significance of these relationships.

This conversation between the artists from Meadow Arts’ House of Beasts exhibition and scientists and leading academics on human-animal relations offered complementary perspectives to Darwinian and other scientific perspectives on nonhuman animals.

As part of Shrewsbury's Darwin Festival 2012, it took place on Saturday, February 18th, 2012, at the home of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Shrewsbury and was complemented by a guided tour of the exhibition on Sunday, February 19th with the curators of the exhibition and the Attingham property.

The House of Beasts Symposium was a collaboration between Meadow Arts, The Shropshire Wildlife Trust, The National Trust at Attingham Park and Cardiff University’s Sustainable Places Institute, ESRC Centre for the Social and Economic Aspects of Genomics and School of City and Regional Planning.

Symposium Speakers:

Artists - Robert Davies, Tessa Farmer, Sophie Molins & Daphne Wright

Professor Henry Buller, Professor of Rural Geography, Exeter University.

Professor Erica Fudge, University of Strathclyde.

Professor David Kipling, Department of Medical Genetics, Haematology & Pathology, Cardiff University School of Medicine.

Professor Joanna Latimer, CESAGen, Cardiff University School of Social Sciences.

Professor Terry Marsden, Cardiff University, Sustainable Places Research Institute.

Dr Mara Miele, Cardiff University School of City and Regional Planning.


Curators’ Tour of House of Beasts Exhibition


An opportunity for some symposium delegates to join the Curators of the House of Beasts exhibition and Attingham Park’s Curator and Conservator for an exclusive tour of the House of Beasts exhibition. The cost of this tour is included in the symposium booking fee and all delegates on the tour will gain free entry to the National Trust House and Grounds. LIMITED PLACES: BOOKING ESSENTIAL.


Tours led by:

Anne de Charmant, House of Beasts Curator & Director Meadow Arts 

with Catriona Hughes, Attingham Park Conservator


Sarah Kay, Attingham Park Curator

with Louisa Mayor, House of Beasts & Meadow Arts Assistant Curator


Download the list of delegates