Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Artist: Becca Sturgess
Sculpture Name: World Animals

Work is nearly complete on World Animals, the Sainsbury Centre’s contribution to the GoGoGorillas! public art event this summer. Designed by local artist, and Sainsbury Centre School’s Coordinator, Becca Sturgess World Animals has been inspired by drawings of endangered animals made by children visiting the galleries over the Easter holidays. World Animals will be displayed ?? from 21 June to early September.


Children and families visiting the Sainsbury Centre over the Easter holidays were invited to draw endangered animals, either from the Sainsbury Collections or ones which they knew about and were worried about. Once all of these were compiled, local artist and Sainsbury Centre School’s Coordinator Becca Sturgess, began the mammoth task of translating them onto the Gorilla.

“My role was to interpret these ideas by using the same line, but scaling them up so that they work graphically on our gorilla. The strong painted line represents the original pencil lines, but the expression and energy from the children’s drawings comes through with the colour. The more I do it, the more it reminds of the children’s colouring book: the definite line and the enthusiastic colouring. in of this. All of the Education team working here at the Sainsbury Centre have a specialist research area: as mine is exploring the way that children use drawing as part of their learning experience in the galleries, this has been a perfect project for me!  

Becca Sturgess, Designer of World Animals and Schools Coordinator, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.


All of the original drawings that were the inspiration for the gorilla have been uploaded to a special Flicker collection, as have the interpreted drawings by Becca. Audiences have also been kept up to date with the production of the gorilla via the Sainsbury Centre’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

GoGoGorillas fits in very nicely with the Sainsbury Centre’s current ambitious project, Changing Landscapes, which has been continuing over the spring and summer with the exhibition of two pieces by artists Ackroyd & Harvey. Beuys’ Acorns is an installation of 250 saplings, displayed outside in the Centre’s Sculpture Garden. Inside the building is Stranded: a six metre long crystal-encrusted skeleton of a minke whale. Recovered from the coast of Skegness, Lincolnshire, the skeleton was cleaned and then immersed in a highly saturated alum solution, encrusting the skeleton with a chemical growth of ice-like crystals. The artwork raises issues of the dramatic changes in the chemistry of the planet’s oceans and brings awareness to the threat of coral reefs and the marine food cycles. Both pieces provoke discussions about humankind’s relationship with nature and growing concerns about environmental change. Changing Landscapes is part of a new EU Interreg funded project, which is a collaboration until 2015 between the Sainsbury Centre, Fabrica art gallery in Brighton and three institutions in the Pas de Calais and Normandy in northern France.


“We are delighted to be participating in GoGoGorillas which is a fun way to engage people with art and will also raise lots of money for charity. We hope that our gorilla will encourage people to visit the Centre and find many of the other animals in the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection for themselves”   – Charlotte Peel, Education Officer (Children and Families, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts).

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