Happy Belated Birthday Charles!

Jesse Garbe and Sean Coggins

21 Feb to 4 Apr 2009

Opens Friday February 20, 7pm

Artist talk February 21, 4pm.


“I will give a proof of my zeal: one day, on tearing off some old bark, I saw two rare beetles, and seized one in each hand; then I saw a third and new kind, which I could not bear to lose, so that I popped the one which I held in my right hand into my mouth. Alas! It ejected some intensely acrid fluid, which burnt my tongue so that I was forced to spit the beetle out, which was lost, as was the third one.”


- Charles Darwin.


Happy Belated Birthday Charles! Regards, Wallace is a celebration of the 200th birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. This exhibition presents information about Darwin, his love of beetles and historical and contemporary discourses surrounding Darwin’s theory of evolution. In particular, it investigates his experience with the Bombardier Beetle and the debates about this extraordinary creature’s defense mechanism.

On behalf of Alfred Wallace, we invite you to come and celebrate Charles’ birthday with us at the Access Gallery. There will be cake, balloon animals, light entertainment and a chance for you to express your ideas about Darwin’s theories.