A NEW exhibition at Williamson Art Gallery and Museum will explore our relationship with animals and their inner lives.

Birkenhead-based artist Brigitte Jurack’s recent work raises issues around environmental adaptability by focussing on some of the scavengers with whom we share long cultural entanglements, such as crows, foxes and monkeys.

For this solo show, entitled ‘What’s Left Behind’, Jurack presents a series of new works in ceramics, watercolour, drawing and film, with the focus on the creatures providing “a reflection on the edges of society, on the clever scavengers who eke a living from the in-between spaces and leftovers from the rest of life”.

Jurack said: “These works were begun pre-Covid, with the intricate watercolours and drawings all created within the stillness and silence of lockdowns spent in Alternator Studio and Project Space, a converted bakery in Birkenhead and my studio and place of making since 2013.”

German-born Jurack studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Glasgow School of Art and Chelsea College of Art, London and has exhibited at IMMA (Ireland), European Ceramic Work Centre (Netherlands) and the World Water Conference (Japan). She was the 1993 Henry Moore Sculpture Fellow, 2014 Liverpool Art Prize nominee and was selected for the 2019 Korean International Ceramic Biennial.

Jurack is also head of sculpture at Manchester School of Art and her studio is in a converted 19th century bakery in Birkenhead from where she runs Alternator Studio and Project Space, including its acclaimed Translating the Street series of micro-residencies including Harold Offeh, Haleh Jamali, Jeff Young and Casey Orr. She is also a co-founder of artists’ group Foreign Investment who have exhibited in Rio de Janeiro, Kiev, Hong Kong, Oslo, Berlin and the Istanbul and Venice Biennials.

Brigitte Jurack: ‘What’s Left Behind’ runs from November 13 to January 30, 2022.