18 January - 23 February 2020

Large scale drawings of a gorilla using sign language to communicate, a 5ft sculpture of an elephant boy standing awkwardly in pyjamas and a round oil painting depicting a minotaur’s eye in exquisite detail, come together in Beast to remind us that our relationship with animals is both complex and conflicted.

The artists in this exhibition reflect upon the frameworks we create to distance ourselves from other creatures- we collect, document, display, categorise, eat and breed them yet we are also enticed to understand them in very human ways: animals have human emotions and thoughts in books, cartoons and films and our pets are ‘part of the family’. 

Using photography, painting, sculpture, drawing and film, the artists explore the human/animal divide.  They use their skills to seduce us and humour to disarm us, enticing us to question our assumptions and beliefs.

Bring a School Group

Schools and local groups are welcome between Monday and Friday. - We can arrange free guided tours with our Gallery Educator, providing a fascinating insight into the exhibits.

Tonbridge School Arts Brochure

OBS Gallery forms part of the vibrant cultural scene at Tonbridge School. See the Arts Brochure for the full programme of events, and we'll see you soon...