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JOHN DYER - ARTIST IN RESIDENCE FOR 'DARWIN 200' Peru and the Zoo

“My Darwin 200 year, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth has taken me around the world. I explored the high Andes in Peru, painted a series of bird paintings which were used for the ballet in France, helped to inspire nearly 200 children to paint their own Darwin paintings and of course I have had the most marvelous experiences on my days at the Zoo in Newquay with my easel covered in lemurs and my feet being nibbled by meerkats ! I hope the paintings will inspire and excite and that they will bring continued enjoyment to those who choose to adopt them for the future.” John Dyer.

John Dyer painted with the ring-tailed lemurs and many other animals at the Zoo during his residency for the official 'Darwin 200' celebrations.

John Dyer with a ring-tailed lemur

John Dyer painted with the ring-tailed lemurs and many other animals at the Zoo during his residency for the official ‘Darwin 200’ celebrations.
Being the artist in residence for the 'Darwin 200' events provided many exciting painting opportunities and experiences for the artist.

John Dyer painting in the penguin enclosure of the zoo

Being the artist in residence for the ‘Darwin 200’ events provided many exciting painting opportunities and experiences for the artist.

Newquay zoo's video featuring John Dyer's 'Darwin 200' paintings

John Dyer paints the Lemurs at Newquay Zoo for 'Darwin 200'

John Dyer was asked by the International Potato Center (CIP) in Peru to paint the potato harvest for the United Nations Year of the Potato. CIP hosted the artist in Lima, Cusco and the high Andes and also took him to the island of Taquile to witness the extraordinary and colourful potato festival.
John Dyer was asked by the International Potato Center (CIP) in Peru to paint the potato harvest for the United Nations Year of the Potato. CIP hosted the artist in Lima, Cusco and the high Andes and also took him to the island of Taquile to witness the extraordinary and colourful potato festival.
John Dyer was asked by the International Potato Center in Peru to paint the potato harvest for the United Nations Year of the Potato.

John Dyer painting in Peru

John Dyer was asked by the International Potato Center in Peru to paint the potato harvest for the United Nations Year of the Potato.

John Dyer painting for the United Nations Year of the Potato in Peru

As part of John Dyer’s ‘Darwin 200’ year he travlled to Peru to paint the potato harvest and festival in Peru. Potatoes are the world’s number three staple food and are a key crop for feeding the world. Darwin discovered wild potatoes in South America on his voyages on the Beagle. John journeyed high into the Andes to find the potato harvest and also painted at the last potato festival on Taquile Island.

View the art children created inspired by John Dyer's Darwin 200 residency

School children engaged with the ‘Darwin 200’ project through art. Falmouth Art Gallery and the National Maritime Museum both hosted exhibitions of the resulting work and the top 25 selected children and their families were invited to John Dyer’s exhibition to receive their awards.
  • “A great morale boost for children”

    Comment from parent involved in the Darwin 200 John Dyer project
  • “She came out walking on cloud nine”

    Comment from parent involved in the Darwin 200 John Dyer project
  • “It is so good to see children involved in art at such a young age.”

    Comment from parent involved in the Darwin 200 John Dyer project
John Dyer's Darwin 200 Project was kindly supported by Falmouth Art Gallery, Heritage Lottery Fund, Darwin 200, Newquay Zoo, Penlee House Art Gallery, National Maritime Museum Cornwall

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John Dyer’s Darwin 200 Project was kindly supported by Falmouth Art Gallery, Heritage Lottery Fund, Darwin 200, Newquay Zoo, Penlee House Art Gallery, National Maritime Museum Cornwall