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Daniel Staincliffe is a British artist whose work explores our everyday interaction with the natural world and harnesses chance as a creative force.

He works with live animals, readymade objects, language and installation to create artwork that encourages the audience to recognise the beauty in the world around them.

Having been based in China since 2011, Daniel’s work is increasingly influenced by a Chinese aesthetic, as well as eastern philosophies such as Daoism and Buddhism.

Featured Projects


Release is a series of works inspired by the Buddhist practice of 'life release', which sees captive animals bought and released into the wild.


This series of public interventions appropriates the Chinese red and white banner (widely used to welcome guests, promote businesses and disseminate state propaganda) in order to present contemplative ideas.

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Fauna Automata: British Wild Boar aimed to increase public awareness of the presence of wild boar in the UK, whilst re-evaluating the species as culturally relevant.

Exhibition venues and supporting organisations include:

  • Arts Council England

  • Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK

  • CFCCA, Manchester, UK

  • The Confucius Institute at the University of Manchester, UK

  • Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China

  • Blue Roof Art District, Chengdu, China

  • National Science and Media Museum, Yorkshire, UK

  • Forestry Commission England