Call to Artists: Art Exhibit for Britches

Submit work and/or come to our show! Art for Animals’ Sake and Progress for Science invite all artists to create artwork inspired and honoring Britches, a baby monkey who was liberated from an animal laboratory in 1985.

LOCATION: Art Share L.A. • 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (

The opening reception will be on Thursday, April 20th, the anniversary of Britches’ liberation by the Animal Liberation Front.

Art is an important tool in our social justice/animal liberation utility kits! We are asking artists to add their visions to the fight against animal experimentation by submitting work for an exhibit in honor of Britches, the baby macaque monkey who was liberated from a laboratory in 1985. Britches’ release became a rallying cry against scientific research on live animals known as vivisection.
(See further background below).

Artists working in all mediums are welcome to submit. Art For Animals’ Sake will jury the exhibit and produce an online gallery as well as a gallery exhibit in Los Angeles. Selected work will also feature in our next AFAS/P4S zine The Rattie Uprising.

How to submit: email an image to
• Submit a digital image at 300dpi (3600 by 5400 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG format. Images will be reproduced as a gallery print. If you are located in/near Los Angeles we may ask for the actual artwork to be displayed.
Information to include:
• Name to be publicly posted at the exhibit and onljne
• Your location and a website to your artwork if you prefer
What to submit:
• Any work that relates either to Britches the monkey or to animal experimentation in general, whether it be involving monkeys or other victims.
Email an image to and we’ll get back to you!

IMPORTANT DATES: Deadline Extended
• Deadline for submissions: April 3rd
• Pieces due in Los Angeles on April 14th
• Opening reception and celebration April 20th

For more information on exhibit details, please contact us at

Born into a breeding colony of monkeys at the University of California, Irvine, Britches was immediately removed from his mother and placed in a maternal and sensory-deprivation study. With his eyes crudely sewn shut and a device attached to his head which every few seconds emitted a loud sound, his only form of comfort was a cloth-covered wire surrogate “mother”. Before the study could run its cruel course, he was rescued along with 700 animals by the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). He lived to be 20. After video of the liberation and images of Britches began to circulate, the experiment was widely condemned and many others halted as a result.

The Significance of Britches
Becoming an icon of the animal liberation and anti-vivisection movements, photographs of Britches worked to inform the public about his reality and that of many others held captive in labs and cages around the world. Because of the brutality depicted in the pictures taken of him, Britches became synonymous with the efforts to free all animals from live-animal experimentation. Although animal experimentation was known before 1985, it was the widely shared images of Britches that prompted several organizations and the public to voice mass condemnation against these experiments.

We invite you to be inspired by the story of Britches and create an artwork that adds to the conversation about animals, their rich emotional lives and the way our society relates to non-human beings.

This exhibition is part of Progress for Science’s International Day in Honor of Britches. If you are not in LA and would like to put together your own event – a vigil, an outreach, a demo, a chalking group, an art project in your area, an educational session or whatever – please send us your invite and we will help spread the word and include you here!

For more information on exhibit details, please contact us at
For more information about vivisection and our fight to stop this waste of lives, human heath and tax dollars visit our site at: