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Tai Snaith: Hierarchy of needs

Tai Snaith, Cruising with the capybara 2022, gouache and ink on cotton rag

Tai Snaith: Hierarchy of needs

11 Mar 2023 – 7 May 2023

Hierarchy of needs is an immersive exhibition by Melbourne artist and author Tai Snaith. Celebrating wild and interesting animals from around the world, this playful and educational exhibition explores the important roles these creatures play in Earth’s biodiversity.

Hierarchy of needs features animals from Tai’s latest picture book Wonders under the sun: a collection of daytime creatures, published by Thames and Hudson. In this book over 280 animals, from the tiniest pollinators to the heaviest giants, are classified into unusual and humorous groupings, from Legless Legends to Spotted Bottoms, and are presented alongside factual information on each species and their habitat.

For this exhibition, Tai will explore the different needs of her favourite animals ranging from food and water to play and work, inspired by the well-known pyramid of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, originally penned in 1943. Her series of collaged, hand-cut and painted artworks depict animals with meticulous detail, engaging viewers of all ages. In addition, the exhibition will feature an enormous mural, new animations and dioramas that bring the lives of animals to life in three-dimensions.

Hierarchy of needs will appeal to kids and adults alike, encouraging curiosity about animals and nature and the importance of looking after the environment, providing habitat and caring for country

Image: Tai Snaith, Cruising Capybara 2022, gouache and ink on cotton rag, 87 x 67 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Gallery Details

Bayside Gallery
Corner Wilson and Carpenter St
Brighton VIC 3186
T: 03 9261 7111
W: bayside.vic.gov.au/gallery

Opening Hours
Wednesday – Friday: 11am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1pm - 5pm
Closed all Victorian public holidays and between exhibitions.
Entry is Free

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Gallery Info

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.