Fred Edwards art project

In September 2007 artist Fred Langford Edwards won a Wellcome Trust Small Arts Award for a project entitled "Alfred Russel Wallace - The Forgotten Evolutionist". Fred is collaborating with myself (George Beccaloni) to research and explore Wallace's contributions to biology. Fred will create artworks, installations and exhibitions supported by an illustrated catalogue. His works will explore the life, ideas, and surviving collections of Wallace, and the physical hardships he endured during his travels.

The project consists of three stages:

Skin of orangutan collected by Wallace in Sarawak. Liverpool World Museum 

Skin of orangutan collected by Wallace in Sarawak. Liverpool World Museum

i) UK Collections [ Nov. 2007 to Feb 2008 ]

To research and construct installations based on a photographic survey of specimens collected by Wallace held in UK collections.

ii) The Rio Negro [ Sept. to Dec. 2008 ]

Fred will be creating an ‘archive' by tracing part of Wallace's journeys in South America - particularly his exploration of the Rio Negro based on his writings, and the wonderful chart he made of this river held at the Royal Geographical Society.

iii) The Malay Archipelago [March to May 2009 ]

Fred and George will travel to Sarawak, Borneo and aim to locate the house where Wallace wrote his famous 1855 paper On the Law that has Regulated the Introduction of New Species. They also plan to visit other important Wallace-associated sites.

Additionally, Fred plans to make a piece of work based on the geographical division of species known as the Wallace Line.

Exhibition Programme

Following the ongoing process of editing and structuring the work the exhibition programme is scheduled to start in 2008 and will continue into 2010. For more information please contact Fred at fl_edwards@yahoo.co.uk

To see a selection of Fred's images, plus larger examples of those on this page, click here.

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Detail of Bird of Paradise in Cambridge University Zoology Museum.

 

Beetle from Borneo in National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.  

Detail of Bird of Paradise in Cambridge University Zoology Museum.

Beetle from Borneo in National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.

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