Professor Andrew Burton
Professor of Fine Art
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My specialism is in contemporary sculpture, particularly in sculpture situated in relation to ceramics, craft and architecture. I have worked extensively in Europe, Asia and Africa including with the European Ceramics Work Centre and the British Council in India. I have twice been Asem Duo (Korea) Exchange Professor. I am a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. In 2015 I was awarded Gold Prize at the KOCEF Biennale for Ceramic Sculpture in South Korea.
I have supervised, and continue to supervise PhD students on a range of topics ranging from the use of concrete in contemporary sculpture to the relationship between landscape, archaeology and contemporary sculpture. I welcome inquiries from prospective PhD applicants interested in my fields of specialism.
My research and creative practice is in the field of contemporary sculpture with an emphasis on material, process and form. I work with materials as various as chilli peppers, bamboo, clay and cow dung - often exploring how these materials can work in combination with each other. Much of m work is collaborative. In 2011 I worked with a group of village women from farming communities around Delhi to create a group of 'bithooras' - extraordinary cow-dung structures based on fuel stores found on the periphery of Delhi for the National Craft Museum in Delhi. More recently I have been working with artisan workers in Kampala to explore how everyday low-tech practices can find different resonances through visual art. I am looking forward to working again with some of these creative people during an AHRC/Global Challenges -funded network project that I will lead in Uganda and Kenya in 2018.
Much of my work experiments with reclaiming and re-using materials. My sculptures are often conceived as temporary structures – after a sculpture has been resolved it is broken up, with the component parts salvaged to form the building blocks for the next work. My sculptures made from miniature bricks are painted or coloured before they are dismantled. Over time, and as the bricks are formed into many different sculptures they gradually acquire on their surfaces a patina of the scraps of paint, cement and glaze that still remain. These surfaces convey a sense of their own history, alluding to the way in which over history architectural structures have anticipated our current concern with reuse.This work explores scale, referencing both monumental and day-to-day structures. In its emphasis on the re-use and recycling of earlier sculpture, the works provoke questions about the nature of monumentality and tensions between conservation and sustainability.
This year I have begun work as PI on a major Arts and Humanities Research Council funded research project 'Creation, Curation and Exchange: Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage experience. This three year project will explore the commissioning of temporary visual art in heritage sites from multiple perspectives: does contemporary visual art sited in heritage properties really change the way visitors understand and appreciate the property itself? What challenges do artists face when they undertake these kinds of project? What is the landscape of this activity across the UK? Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience is a collaboration between Newcastle and Leeds universities, the National Trust, English Heritage, the Churches Conservation Trust, Arts Council England and the Contemporary Visual Art Network. In this project I will be working with other members of the project team, Professor Andrew Newman, Professor Vee Pollock, Judith King (Art & Heritage), Dr Nick Cass (Leeds); Rebecca Farley and Niki Black. We will be commissioning new artworks from artists including Fiona Curran, Mark Fairnington and Matt Stokes.
TeachingI teach across all stages of the undergraduate and postgraduate Fine Art programmes.
- Draeger C, Holzfeind H, Burton A, et al. From Without And From Within (The Auroville Project). 2017. Innsbruck, Austria: Kunstpavillon, 1.
- Burton A. Iron, Bark, Clay. 2016. New South Wales, Australia: Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, one installation.
- Burton A, Kaufman J, Harrison R, Heeney G, Vilotti U, Vehring F. World Association of Brick Artists, Nau Gaudi Museum, Mataro. 2016. Mataro, Spain: Nau Gaudi, 4. In Preparation.
- Burton A, Nabulime L. Banka y'Ekka. 2015. Kampala, Uganda: Makerere Gallery, Makerere University, 1.
- Burton A. Vessel. Cottesloe, Perth, Australia: Cottesloe, 2015.
- Burton AGC. Things Fall Apart II. University of East Anglia, Norwich: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, 2014.
- Burton A. Sheepfold II: Let Me Enfold You in My Icy Embrace. A site-specific sculpture (40,000 glass bricks, each cut by hand, UV adhesive) commissioned by the Institute for International Research in Glass and Ceramic Arts (IIRGCA), Sunderland and the National Glass Centre (NGC) for the exhibition Kith and Kin II, 21 September - 31 December 2012. Sunderland: National Glass Centre, 2012.
- Burton A. Making Bithooras. 2011. New Delhi, India: National Craft Museum, One installation.
- Burton A, Pontoreau D, Kaufmann J. Pen. A large-scale (8m x 8m x 2.2m) site-specific ceramic sculpture commissioned for the exhibition S’Imbriquer, Autour de la Brique, Maladrerie Saint-Lazare, Beauvais, France. 24th June - 18th September 2011. The exhibition was organised by the Ecole d’Art, Beauvais in their cycle ‘Terre/Ceramique’ and brought together twenty artists concerned with brick and architectural ceramicists, (other artists included Jacques Kaufmann, Daniel Pontoreau). 2011. Beauviais, France: Maladerie St Lazare, 1 installation.
- Aitchison W, Burton A, Delamour A, Gudmunsson S, Huttner P, Lin M, Renshaw N, Hansdolttir A, Weina L, vanVree D, Verhoel M, Xian K. Rolling Snowball. 2011. Quanzhou, China: Quanzhou Center for Contemporary Art, 2.
- Burton A, Drost B, Yang Z, Yiming M, Yuan Y. The Brothers and Us. 2011. Xiamen China: ShangShang Contemporary Art Space, 1.
- Burton A. Tierra del Fuego. 2011. Xiamen, China: Center for European and Chinese Art, 5.
- Burton AGC. Jug II. Shanghai, China: Shanghai World Expo, 2010.
- Burton A. Tholos. Globe Offsite, Newcastle upon Tyne: Globe Gallery, 2010.
- Burton AGC. Ceramics and Architecture. 2009. de Strijp: Eindhoven, Netherlands.
- Burton AGC. Brickworks. An extended body of 8 sculptures made from a single, large set of miniature, hand-made fired clay bricks, each 4cm x 2m x 1cm. Most of the works are conceived as ephemeral pieces, built on-site and broken up after exhibition, the bricks salvaged and re-used in new works. Two works, Jug and Chimney have reached a final ‘resolved’ form and are now permanently sited in London and Aarhus. As such, the separate sculptures link together over time as a family of pieces, formed from the same physical material and containing residual evidence of their former states. Most sculptures take the form of simple architectural structures such as stells (sheepfolds), buttresses or chimneys. 2008. Canary Wharf, London: Jubliee Gardens, 4.
- Burton AGC. Enclosure with Ladders for One Thousand Smashed Cultural Artefacts (Enclosure with Ladders). A site-specific sculpture, (Qing’s red bricks, ceramic, paint, 8m x 8m x 2.25m.), made for the exhibition Redefining Old Architectural Ceramics, Clayarch Gimhae Museum, South Korea, August 8th 2008 to August 2nd 2009. The exhibition comprised works by ten international artists, all specialising in ceramic sculpture, whom the Museum invited to ‘redefine’ architectural ceramics through working with a large quantity of bricks, some dating back to the 17th century, which had been procured from demolition sites in China. Gimhae, South Korea: Clayarch Museum of Architectural Ceramics, 2008.
- Burton A. Sculpture from a Land of Ants and Bees, an installation of 8 linked sculptural elements. 2006. Delhi, India: The ‘Charbargh’, British Council Building, 8 linked items.
- Burton A. Bronze. Holland Park, London, 1 2000.
- Andrew Burton. Durham Cow. Permanent site-specific commissioned sculpture in bronze, ceramic and stone, Durham City, 1 1997.
- Andrew Burton. All Afloat. Gallery of the European Ceramics Work Centre 'S-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, 30 1996.
- Burton AGC. Walls, Mountains, Millstones. RIBA Sculpture Court, London; University of Northumbria Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, 10 1994.