Art Medium: Oils
Style: Mining Landscapes
BA Hons Fine Art (University of Northumbria)
BA JT Hons Management &Spanish (Leeds University and El Complutense, Madrid)
Btec Nat Dip Foundation Studies in Art & Design (University of Central England)
Influences: Anselm Kiefer, Raoul Dufy, Coptic textiles, JMW Turner, Paula Rego, William Kentridge and Marina Abramovic
My work represents an interest in how the act of participation in an artistic process gives us useful insights that we are unable to access via other means, about ourselves and the exterior world.
I am currently to be found roaming the Lake District, visiting remote mining sites, capturing, en plein air, the evidence of the hard work of the mining communities that have shaped the Cumbrian fells.
Growing up surrounded by the urban industry of Birmingham and the Black Country, I had an early fascination with industrial landscapes. Nowadays, having worked in Cumbria for the past 20 years, my focus is on the traces of human hand and machine in the rural landscape.
I am a committed community artist, with my own arts company, and over the past 18 years have worked with hundreds of individuals of all ages and abilities, using the arts to build self-confidence and skills, and help young people enter further training and opportunities.
2019 - Winner of ‘Home Is Where the Art Is’ episode on BBC 1
2017 Winner of C-art Arts Cumbrian Artist of the Year, Rheged, Cumbria
2016 Shortlisted for C-art Cumbrian Artist of the Year, Rheged, Cumbria
2012 Winner of 3-year research award from Northern Rock Foundation for the embedding of arts-in-health projects across the north of England
2011 Highly commended in the category ‘Best newcomer’ of Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership awards, for her arts organisation, New Arts North, promoting education and participation in the arts in Cumbria
Notable public commissions:
2018-ongoing 'How a Painting Speaks' lecture/workshop tour commencing at Tullie Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle. Incorporating arts-based participation, talks and discussion around the technical, scientific, philosophical and historical aspects of art, and the understanding of art.
2016 - Multimedia installation for ‘Curate a Space’, for The Jetty Museum, Windermere. Working with steamboat collectors and volunteers.
2016 - ‘Song of the Fireflies’ public mural, commissioned by Geraud Markets
2016 - ‘The Tiger comes to town’ public mural, commissioned by Keswick Enterprise Group 2016
2015 - Graphic panels for ‘Talking Tales’, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, intergenerational oral history arts project, Heritage Lottery, 2015
2015 - Interactive installation, ‘Transmitter Receiver’ touring New Arts Council Collection at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.
2012 - large wall murals for the recreation room, Psychiatric Intensive Care Ward, Carlton Clinic, Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, collaborating with a group of young people with psychosis
1999 - digital collage panels – Theatre by the Lake, for inaugural opening, charting theatre’s history.
Work represented by us:
Paintings: Celia Burbush