Brownfield, Andrew Burton
Andrew Burton’s large scale sculptures, often made in clay and brick but also using a range of other materials and objects that range through living plants, cow dung and banka y’ekka - small cash boxes made from wood offcuts, have been commissioned and exhibited across the world.
His recent projects include installations for the Makerere Gallery, Kampala, Uganda; the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, UK; the British Council in Delhi; the Korea Ceramic Foundation in, South Korea – where his work ‘Monument’ was awarded both the juried Gold Prize and the People’s Choice Prize.
Since 2006 he has worked on a series of linked projects for specific locations in Asia and Africa. These explore relationships between contemporary visual art and traditional craft-based activities, focussing on the skills of artisans who produce low-value day-to-day hand-made objects. For these projects he has worked collaboratively with brick masons, bamboo breakers, ladder makers and other artisans whose practices face new challenges. By exploring material objects and skills that otherwise are considered commonplace, he aims to create new dialogues about art, architecture, craft and the material world around us.
Andrew Burton (1961) lives and works in Newcastle, England and is Professor of Fine Art at Newcastle University.
Whilst in residence at Bundanon, Andrew will be completing work for an exhibition at Bathurst Regional Gallery inspired by his recent residency at Hiflaegers Cottage, Hill End, NSW.