There's a new pecking order at Holburne Museum gallery
It's not as if there aren't enough real birds hunting food scraps in Bath.
But now visitors to the Holburne Museum have the chance to dine among a flock of ceramic pigeons as part of a new art project.
Over the past year students from the Bath School of Art and Design have been invited to visit the gallery at the head of Great Pulteney Street to seek inspiration for their course.
They were then challenged to design and make products to sell in the shop or to be displayed around the museum.
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Student Catherine Gray was inspired by the pigeons from Sydney Gardens at the back of the museum and the colours of the Holburne's early English porcelain to create her flock of ceramic pigeons, which are on display in the restaurant.
Catherine said: "Feral pigeons from Sydney Gardens come from beyond the museum, while the vibrant colours of ceramic glazes inspired by the collection of early English porcelain come from within.
"The two converge to create a flock of ceramic pigeons, which dine alongside the public."
Berni Vinton was also inspired by the porcelain, in particular the figures and cutlery on display, to create his own spoons.
He said porcelain figures traditionally evolved from sugar paste sculptures and that he had been reminded of the slave labour that brought sugar to Britain.
"My intention was to make a piece of work that is beautiful but that also makes a reference to the slave trade, and how things have moved on between then and now."
Holburne director Alexander Sturgis said: "There is an exciting mix of products for the shop and gallery displays for visitors to enjoy.
"This is the first time we have worked with students to create unique works inspired by the collection.
"I think visitors will be impressed by the creative ideas within students' work."
The display by students at the school, which is part of Bath Spa University, goes on until Friday, October 19.