Brown chickens with the words Hen Institute

Hen Institute, a Mobile Chicken Coop Comes To Sertoma Arts Center Oct. 7

A SEEK project by Adam Carlin with support from Raleigh Arts

Hen Institute is a public art project sponsored by the Raleigh Arts Commission as part of SEEK Raleigh. It is composed of a mobile chicken coop and classroom inhabited by egg laying chickens. Hen Institute invites artists and community members to use hens as a curatorial framework to create artistic, community-based, and educational programs. Themes include but are not limited to, sustenance, protection, feminism, immobility, nesting, community, sustainability, home, rural, courage, motherhood, nutrition, and generosity. 

Hen Institute’s first stop will be October 7 - November 8, 2020 outside of Sertoma Arts Center. Throughout the month there will be various creative and educational projects happening on site, including ‘The Way of The Hen,’ a socially distanced meditation and slow looking exercise on October 17 at noon. After its stay at Sertoma Arts Center, the mobile chicken coop will return in Spring 2021 at various outdoor locations across Raleigh.

Hen Institute is dedicated to doing our part to keep our guests safe. We follow NC Department of Health and Human Services three Ws: Wear, Wait, and Wash. Attendants will be asked to wear a mask, to practice social distancing, and use the provided hand sanitizer.

Visit Hen Institute's website to learn more about upcoming programs, to curate or produce an educational, artistic, or community based project on site, or to request a visit by Hen Institute in your own neighborhood!

About SEEK Raleigh

SEEK Raleigh is an annual series of site-specific art installations and performance art events that engage the community through public art. SEEK 2020 features local artists creating temporary installations and performance pieces in the City of Raleigh Parks, greenways, and/or community. SEEK 2020 projects connect visitors to the site, park landscape, community, and/or history of the neighborhood. All works are free to the public.

About the Artist

Hen Institute is created by Adam Carlin, a curator, arts administrator, and social practice artist that lives and works in Greensboro, North Carolina. His work often takes the form of institutes as artworks that enact projects which highlight under-recognized histories, idiosyncratic activities, and public dynamics. Participation and collaboration are integral to his practice and he often works site and situation-specifically. 

Learn more about Adam Carlin's work



Kelly McChesney
Public Art Director

Sertoma Arts Center