Approved: 23.04.2010

Madeleine Burt

Artist, Teacher

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Approved: 23.04.2010

In recent years, Madeleine Burt's work has explored themes related to separation and loss, and to preservation. In her latest series of work, she continues to comment on these areas by looking at examples of traditional lace production, the industry that Nottingham was founded on, and at moth specimens, an insect associated with the destruction of fabric.

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  • Location: Nottingham, East Midlands
  • Artforms: Drawing, Painting
  • Tags: 2d, lace, moths, qr, bird, nature, skeleton, insect, moth
 

Biography

In recent years, Madeleine Burt's work has explored themes related to separation and loss, and to preservation. In her latest series of work, she continues to comment on these areas by looking at examples of traditional lace production, the industry that Nottingham was founded on, and at moth specimens, an insect associated with the destruction of fabric. Governmental cuts are affecting our ability to preserve and showcase our arts and heritage. In recent years, local museums relating to the Nottingham textile trade and industry have closed; and other cultural and historical spaces are severely threatened. These changes are symptomatic of changes nationwide: a slow and steady demise of our social and cultural identity; and an apathetic, disillusioned public. By referencing samples of locally produced lace from Nottingham Trent University's Lace Archive and The Cluny Factory in Ilkeston, and by referencing moth specimens from Wollaton Hall's Natural History Museum Archive, Madeleine's work brings together artefacts that, so far, have been successfully selected and preserved for generations. Her work prompts some fundamental questions: if only some things can be preserved for the future, then what should we select? If, we have to discard certain parts of history, then what is dispensable? Madeleine Burt's interest in what endures in life, what changes or is changed, and what is lost along the way, was also explored in her earlier Waterbaby Series, which was based on four baby bird skeletons uncovered from behind a boarded-up chimney breast. The poignant beauty of the skeletons had a power that seemed greater and of more subsequence, somehow, than if the infant birds had lived. They serve as a reminder of unfulfilled potential; of the peculiar beauty found in things perished; and of the sadness and power of altered states.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1999 - PGCE Secondary Art and Design, Reading University, Berkshire 1998 - First Class Honours in Fine Art, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds Solo exhibitions 2013 - Madeleine Burt Archive, The Lace Market Gallery, NCN, Nottingham 2012 - Madeleine Burt 'Archive 2012', Angear Visitor Centre Gallery, Djanogly Arts Centre, Nottingham University, Nottingham 2012 - Madeleine Burt 'Archive 2012', Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham 2012 - Waterbaby Series, Blue Ball, Rutland 2011 - Madeleine Burt 'Archive', The Crocus Gallery, Nottingham 2011 - Madeleine Burt Summer 2011 Featured Artist, The Beetroot Tree Gallery, Draycott 1999 - Madeleine Burt Recent Work, Windsor Arts Centre, Windsor Group exhibitions 2012 - East Midlands Contemporary Art Auction, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham 2012 - Lady Bay Arts Festival, West Bridgford, Nottingham 2012 - Santorini International Biennale Festival of Arts, Santorini, Greece 2012 - Selected work, George Smith Design, Chelsea, London 2012 - The Affordable Art Fair, (as represented by Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford), London 2012 - U-N-F-O-R-E-S-E-E-N, Studio 106 Gallery, Fulham, London 2012 - Untitled, Studio 106 Art Gallery, Fulham, London 2012 - Untitled, (as represented by Box Galleries, London), Troubadour Gallery, London 2011 - Selected Work, Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch-on-Thames 2011 - The Tarpey Open 2011, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington 2010 - Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, Battersea Arts Centre, London 2010 - Clay Smith and Madeleine Burt, The Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington 2010 - Crocus Open 2010, The Crocus Gallery, Nottingham 2010 - Erewash Open Exhibition, The Beetroot Tree, Draycott 2010 - Made To Fit, Willis Museum, Basingstoke 2010 - Non-Fiction, Together Our Space Gallery, London 2010 - Salon Open 2010, The South Square Gallery, Bradford 2010 - Selected Work, The Bessemer Gallery, Sheffield 2010 - Soft Confines, Turn-Berlin, Berlin 2010 - Surface Open 2010, Surface Gallery, Nottingham 2010 - Under The Bed, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield 2009 - Open 21 Exhibition, The City Gallery, Leicester 2009 - Selected Work, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield 2005 - Fifteenth Open Exhibition, City Art Gallery, Leicester 2005 - Selected Work , Sir John Borlase-Warren, Nottingham 2005 - Wirksworth Arts Festival, Wirksworth, Derbyshire 2003 - Castle Open Exhibition, Nottingham Castle, Nottingham 2002 - Art 4 Life, Christie's, London 2001 - Diverse D'Hiver, Henley Exhibition Centre, Henley-on-Thames 2000 - The Sea, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury 1999 - Oriel Mostyn 10, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno 1999 - Regular shows throughout 1999 - 2000, Jelly Legg'd Chicken, Reading 1999 - Zoe Blount and Madeleine Burt, Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch-on-Thames 1998 - Sefton Open, Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport Degree shows 1998 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Leeds Metropolitan University Artist talks 2012 - Introduction to recent work by Madeleine Burt, Braunston Art Club, Rutland Workshops 2012 - Mark-making using mixed media, Braunston Art Club, Rutland Residencies 2011 - Artist chosen for the AA2A Scheme, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Projects 2011 - The Arthouse Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library, NYC, Worldwide touring project Competitions, prizes and awards 1998 - Prizewinner, Sefton Open , Southport 1998 - Willy Tirr Purchase Prize, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds Publications 2010 - The Waterbaby Series: Madeleine Burt Paintings 2009 - 2010