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Chicken Fest Launch at CoLA


Students at The City of London Academy (Southwark) (CoLA) celebrated all things chicken at a major launch of the Chicken Fest project with VIP guests.

Working with the Chicken Coop - whose project Scientific and Cultural Perspectives on Human-Chicken Interactions received funding last year - Art students from CoLA created a magnificent installation of a giant chicken skeleton, similar to the proportions displayed by installations at the Natural History Museum, as a centrepiece for this broad-ranging and ambitious project.

The Project launch was unique in the UK and was a cross-curricular collaboration between the Art, Science, English, Citizenship, Food Technology and Geography Departments.  Students have been working with geneticists from Oxford University who delivered a session where students learnt how to extract DNA from chicken bones and later analysed the data.

The guest list included eminent dignitaries from the world of Art, Veterinary medicine, outstanding Universities and the Natural History Museum.  These included Professors from the University of Oxford, the University of Nottingham, The Royal Veterinary College, Goldsmiths University of London, as well as guests from The Wellcome Trust, British Poultry Council, Horniman Museum & Gardens. 

Students have been working with artist Rebecca Jewell to paint giant feathers as part of the artwork on display.  A range of other unique and inspirational artworks were displayed on stalls surrounding the giant installation.


                                                                                                                Ben Frimet

The programme included speeches by Luis Rey - Dinosaurs and Paleontology artist, John Hutchinson, Professor of Evolutionary Biomechanics at the Royal Veterinary College, and Naomi Sykes, Professor in Zooarchaeology at the University of Nottingham.