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Curator’s tour: Proboscidea Rappings


Image: Animal Stories. The Painting Elephant. Courtesy of Ollie Dook.

Join Senior Curator John Heffernan for a guided tour and introduction to Ollie Dook’s new exhibition Proboscidea Rappings. 

Jumbo the Elephant was one of the first modern day animal celebrities. Born in 1861 Jumbo tragically died in 1885 after a fatal collision with a train. The impact of his brief time on this planet was felt on a global scale.  

Artist Ollie Dook examines the story of an archived photograph which depicts an imitation ‘Jumbo’ crossing Hull’s Monument Bridge in the 19th Century as part of Barnum’s circus parade.  

Find out more about Proboscidea Rappings here.


Ollie Dook (b.1993, Brighton and Hove, UK) received his MA from the Royal College of Art in London in 2017 specialising in sculpture and moving image.