This project has been developed by The Burton Art Gallery & Museum, with thanks to Torridge District Council and The Friends of The Burton

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Bideford Black: The Next Generation - the trailer

Bideford Black: The Next Generation exhibition
3rd October to 13th November 2015

Bideford Black: The Next Generation - watch the trailer now to get a taste of what is coming to the Burton Art Gallery this autumn.

On Saturday October 3rd the Burton Gallery in Bideford, Devon, opens its doors to a veritable mine of newly commissioned artworks, all responding to the local pigment known as Bideford Black. Be prepared to awaken all of your senses – sound, scent and touch are all present to provide a rich encounter with this black, sticky stuff found in the nearby landscape.

Bideford Black: The Next Generation is the outcome of a year of research and making, during which nine artists from across the UK pushed Bideford Black pigment to its physical limits and thought about what the material might mean today. This natural material has historically been used in industry, and by artists to draw, paint and print with.

This eclectic exhibition represents the Next Generation of artists to use Bideford Black, and offers a 21st century response to a pigment that took millions of years to evolve. These new artworks are made using a myriad of materials – pastels, paper, film, scents, sounds and machines. What they share in common is that they all reflect upon, or are made with, Bideford Black pigment.

Creative film-maker Liberty Smith followed the artists for a year as they researched and developed their ideas. Liberty’s film will be part of the exhibition and presents a visually stunning record of these modern encounters with Bideford Black pigment.

Liberty’s film trailer offers tantalizing glimpses of what the full length film and the exhibition will be revealing on the opening weekend.
The full list of artists is: Tabatha Andrews (Devon), ATOI (Cornwall), Luce Choules (Essex), Corinne Felgate (London), Neville and Joan Gabie (Gloucestershire) in collaboration with Dr. Ian Cook, Littlewhitehead (Lanarkshire), Lizzie Ridout (Cornwall), Sam Treadaway (Bristol) and Liberty Smith, presently lives and works in London and went to school in Hartland, North Devon.

This Burton Art Gallery and Museum project is produced by Flow Contemporary Arts in association with Claire Gulliver, funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as well as the Friends of Burton Art Gallery and Museum. We also acknowledge the support of the National Trust for their loan of Bucks Cabin to some of the artists during their investigations.
The exhibition opens on Saturday 3rd of October and runs until 13th November. There will be associated workshops and events - for more information and opening times, visit the website: http://www.burtonartgallery.co.uk

Warren Collum, Exhibitions and Collections Officer, Burton Art Gallery and Museum, “This project is really exciting for me as it brings together the two key aspects of the Burton, local heritage and art. The film is integral to the project as a document and as a work of art in its own right. Getting to the point of releasing the trailer is a real milestone providing a fascinating and intriguing insight into what’s to come.”

Download still images here - please be sure to credit Liberty Smith

Venue Contact Details:
THE BURTON ART GALLERY & MUSEUM, Kingsley Road, Bideford EX39 2QQ
(e) burtonartgallery@torridge.gov.uk   (t) 01237 471455 (w) www.burtonartgallery.co.uk

Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm.
Sunday 10.30am - 4pm.

Friday, 21 August 2015

FILM TRAILER - coming soon – Bideford Black: Next Generation – opens on Saturday 3rd October 2015


We don’t want to give too much away at this point, but some things will be revealed in our fantastic film trailer, which will be released on 4th September on YouTube. In it you will get glimpses of the wonderful Devon landscape where Bideford Black pigment is found; see the artists exploring this black stuff in their studios; gain an insight into processes and thinking to prepare you for viewing the show when it opens.

The full list of artists is Tabatha Andrews, ATOI, Luce Choules, Corinne Felgate, Neville and Joan Gabie in collaboration with Dr. Ian Cook, Littlewhitehead, Lizzie Ridout, Sam Treadaway and Liberty Smith.

There will be subtle, sensitive works and big bold works too. We’ve been busy measuring the gallery, mapping out the hang, checking out the tech.

We’ll be posting the link to the film trailer very soon……….the photo here gives you an idea of the size of some of the works.....

Bideford Black: The Next Generation
Opens 3 October to 13th November 2015
Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2QQ
Free entry
T: 01237 471455
E: burtonartgallery@torridge.gov.uk