The Day of the Duck

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The Day of the Duck

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The Day of the Duck is part play script and part ornithological instruction manual. The tale begins on a footpath in the Fens where two hikers are riffing on Englishness and landscape: what fits? what's foreign? For the hikers it's banter, for the Muscovy duck eavesdropping from the undergrowth, it's far more urgent: it might explain the disappearance of its fellow ducks.

As the duck turns duck-tective, waddling round town asking questions, its investigations take form as dialogues and as diagrams for everyday behaviour in public space. The duck finds itself mislead, insulted, befriended, gassed, bagged, rescued by an animal liberation cell, until finally, armed with some hard-won discoveries, it decides to confront a public meeting with the awful truth.

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The Day of the Duck by Helen Stratford and Lawrence Bradby, explores Englishness, pseudo public space and what it is to be considered an unwelcome migratory visitor in contemporary Britain through the eyes of a particularly pesky Muscovy duck.

Helen Stratford has exhibited at Oriel Davis and g39 Gallery, Wales, Celje Centre for Contemporary Arts, Slovenia, IMT Gallery, London, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge and is currently completing an artist’s walking residency at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. She was born in Bath and lives in a village in the Fens. Lawrence Bradby, as part of the family art practice Townley and Bradby, has exhibited at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, at Royal Standard, Liverpool and at The Minories, Colchester. He was born in Glasgow and lives in Norwich.

Graphic design: Paul Oldman of Smith Design. Series editor: Gordon Shrigley.

Size: 145 x 223 mm. Print: black and white with 25 colour illustrations. Pages: 128. Binding: Hardback.

Marmalade Publishers of Visual Theory; Limited edition Artists' Book of 500 copies

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