Wild Art

**This exhibition is now closed**

On Saturday 8 October the Museum of Somerset opens ‘Wild Art: Nature Re-imagined’, an exhibition of photography, sculpture and painting by the brothers Andrew and David Neal.

From wild beginnings to Wild Art 

The brothers Andrew and David Neal have been fascinated by nature since childhood. In the 1940s and 1950s they explored the Somerset countryside on family walks and cycle adventures. Their father was Dr Ernest Neal, Head of Biology at Taunton School and first chairman of what later became the Somerset Wildlife Trust. Favourite family destinations included the Quantock and Blackdown Hills, and Exmoor. The boys collected plants, butterflies and other specimens for their own mini-museum in the attic of the family home. David started to build canoes, and kept log-books of his adventures on the rivers Tone, Parrett and Isle.

Sculpture, paintings and photography 

From these beginnings two very different art forms developed. David went on to pursue careers in engineering and teaching. The sculpture and paintings that will be on display in the exhibition reflect his fascination with structure, form and the natural world.

Andrew became enthused by his father’s pioneering photography and film-making, and this led to a career in television production, including a period as Head of the BBC Natural History Unit. Andrew’s photography features animal shapes and faces hidden in the landscape and invites viewers to offer their own interpretations.

The exhibition is FREE to enter and runs until December 31.

You can also watch a short film with Andrew and David talking about the inspiration behind the exhibition.

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**This exhibition is now closed**

Wild Art Calendars

As part of the exhibition Andrew has produced a ‘Wild Art 2017 Calendar,’ on sale exclusively at the museum. The calendar features stunning images from the exhibition and makes an ideal Christmas gift for those who love the natural world. Read more here.