1st November 2012 – 31st January 2013

“Ghosts is about raising a creative army for conservation, breathing life back into the birds we have lost – and finding the most powerful way to tell the story of what has happened in the past, so that people can understand and chose to get involved in preventing extinctions in the future.” – Ghosts’ creator, Chris Aldhous

GHOSTS OF GONE BIRDS is an ongoing art project – after shows in Liverpool, London, Brighton (at Onca), and Swansea, Ghosts has raised a creative army for conservation of over 250 artists, writers and musicians.  And we were lucky enough to have them with us for three months, as Onca’s very first exhibition! If you are interested in viewing or purchasing artwork from Ghosts of Gone Birds, click here.

Donations, plus a percentage of the profits from the sale of the original art and prints went directly to help frontline conservation projects fighting to save the lives of endangered birds around the world.

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Ghosts of Gone Birds Launch

The ONCA Trust and Gallery is proud to announce its collaboration with the amazing Ghosts of Gone Bird project, which winged its way down to Brighton for our launch on 1st November!

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Day of the Dead: Lost Birds Procession

This is the time of year when we remember those we have lost.  On Sunday 4th November, we held our Day of the Dead celebrations at the ONCA Gallery, in conjunction with Feral Theatre, Ghosts of Gone Birds, and the Life Cairn.  This was a chance for us to pay homage to the birds that … Read More


Faungraphic and BBC Earth

On 7th and 8th November, just in time for the Ghosts of Gone Birds launch, Faunagraphic and Rocket01 painted the ONCA courtyard – transforming it into something really beautiful. And BBC Earth were there filming the entire thing!  Check it out below. “Faunagraphic, is one of the few British female graffiti artists. In such a short … Read More

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Passenger Pigeon Memorial

On Saturday 10th November, artist and historian Camilla Schofield, in collaboration with Feral Theatre, created a memorial to the passenger pigeon on the green outside the gallery.  People were welcome to add their own crosses to the flock. This species once constituted 25 to 40 per cent of the total bird population of the United States. … Read More

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wordPLAY: The Brighton Renaissance

1st Decmeber 2013, wordPLAY London and Ghost of Gone Birds brought their  ‘Flock of Poets’ event to our newly-opened ONCA Gallery. THE LINE UP: Ben Graham Lisa Jayne Stephanie Dogfoot Sarah Day Jack Stannard Rosie Gleeson With your host Rebecca ‘Great Auk’ Fenton            

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Land Art Workshop

This was a two-part workshop, to learn about and discover the joys of found art sculpture. Part One: Saturday 8th December 10 am – 3.30 pm The ONCA Gallery The first part of our Land Art workshop, led by one of our Ghosts of Gone Birds artists Jenny Hooper, saw us spreading about the gallery … Read More

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Humming Words

On Sunday 20th January from 10 am – 12 noon, in coordination with ONCA’s January GPS bird challenge, the ONCA gallery invited families, young people and the young at heart to a creative writing day in celebration of the hummingbird. During the morning we explored myths and stories about the hummingbird, and wrote our own words in … Read More

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Award Winning Advent Calendar Window Display

Our bird boxes were made by Sammy-Jo Hutton, a student at City College in Brighton. They where on display from the 1st – 25th December, and filled with sculptures of extinct or critically endangered birds, some made by artists, some made by students, and some made by school children. Every day, we opened another box … Read More

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The Last of the Curlews

Resident performers Feral Theatre presented Last of the Curlews on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th of January. These special performances featured their beautiful shadow puppets recounting the epic journey of the last Eskimo Curlew.

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Chasing the Pink-Headed Duck

Friday 18th of January, ONCA welcomed writer and explorer Richard Thorns. For the last 15 years, Richard has been researching the gone Pink-Headed Duck, over and above all other critically endangered and extinct birds. “When Phillippe Petit first saw the plans for the World Trade Center, he instantly knew he would be the Man on … Read More

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Extinct Bird Watching

Michael Blencoe gave us an illustrated guide to extinct birdwatching on Thursday, 24th January. Featuring whistling Maoris, Hawaiian kings, sea apes, feather thieves, heroic naturalists – as well as wonderful wattlebirds, ludicrous cormorants, silent thrushes and a whole host of fine birds we’ll never see again.