To aid the sourcing of new material and help provide a balanced programme the Burton welcomes exhibition proposals from individual artists, curators and artist groups or societies.
The exhibition programme is planned 12-18 months in advance offering a balance of exhibits addressing the interests of our audiences and visitors, including local heritage, community based exhibitions, open selections, exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection and touring exhibitions often including works by artists of national or international reputation.
In the first instance, it is advisable to read through the Exhibitions Policy to ensure proposals fit the criteria. Any queries can be followed up by an informal discussion with the Exhibitions and Collections Officer. Final exhibition proposals should be submitted for consideration to the Exhibitions and Collections Manager, who is responsible for curating the overall exhibitions programme.
All materials supplied must be clearly labelled with sender’s name and materials will only be returned if an appropriate SAE is supplied. Proposals should be sent to the Exhibition and Collections Officer c/o The Burton Art Gallery and Museum.
Proposals will be reviewed on an on-going basis, at least twice a year. As such there is no deadline for submissions, but adequate time must be allowed for the review process (6 months). Only successful artists will be contacted, with a request for further material and or a discussion of the submission. Such a request will not guarantee an offer of an exhibition. Receipt of proposals will only be acknowledged if the applicant contacts the Burton directly.
The exhibition programme is reviewed by the Burton Art Gallery and Museum’s staff on a regular basis, who assumes the final responsibility for ensuring the Exhibitions Programme meets the criteria as set out in the Exhibitions Policy.
The Burton at Bideford Trust is a very new trust and is currently updating its policies. In the meantime, our policies relating to governance under Torridge District Council still stand. We endeavour to have our new policies in place soon.