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NEW exhibition at Nature in Art: ANIMALIA

Exhibitions at Nature in Art

An exhibition of sculpture by Anita Mandl and photography by Steve Russell opening at Nature in Art Museum and Art Gallery

An inspiring display of sculpture and photography, in collaboration with Gallery Pangolin, Stroud.

Where would we be in a world without animals and birds? Their beauty astounds, their diversity is myriad. Both Anita Mandl and Steve Russell celebrate these in their very different ways. The animal world Mandl carves and casts is tightly hewn in form bringing to life the essential character of her avian and mammalian subjects. Russell explores wildlife large and small with the knowledge of their place into an ecological jigsaw puzzle of immense complexity.

Anita Mandl is already represented in the Nature in Art Collection, with this exhibition being a perfect opportunity to see a larger collection of her work. Nature in Art acquired ‘Prostrate Buffalo’ in 2005, a cast resin marble sculpture of a buffalo lying down. Steve Russell also had a solo exhibition here in 2013.

The exhibition will be held at Nature in Art, the world’s first museum dedicated exclusively to fine, decorative and applied art inspired by nature. There will be a preview for the exhibition on Thursday 9th May. For more information please visit

Entry into this exhibition is included in the admission price to the museum.

Anita Mandl
Born in Prague, Mandl (1926-2022) trained as a zoologist and studied sculpture at the Birmingham College of Art. She was a Member of the Royal West of England Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors. Her carvings, mostly in stone, are cast into editions in bronze and silver. Her deep knowledge of animal anatomy and behaviour informed her sculptures, which are skillfully pared down to convey the very nature of a species. Their economy of language and their smooth, lustrous surfaces, together express the essential characteristics of an animal.

Steve Russell
Born in the UK, Russell (b. 1969) has shot photographs since he was a child, his passion for the camera eventually prompting his father into building him a darkroom. That proved an enlightened investment, ultimately helping Russell transform a schoolboy hobby into an award-winning career. Frequent journeys to East Africa over the last twelve years have provided Steve with huge inspiration and the opportunity to photograph an impressive variety of animals and bird species as well as staggering scenery, from the Rwenzori Mountains of Western Uganda to the Tanzanian coastline.

Date of exhibition: April 30th - June 2nd 2024
Time: 10am – 5pm, Tues - Sun (& Bank holidays)
Location: Nature in Art
Address: Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Main A38, Twigworth, Gloucester, GL2 9PA

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