burton art gallery and museum
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Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ

Telephone: 01237 471455
Email: info@theburton.org

Admission is Free
Open Daily 10am - 4pm
Sundays 11am - 4pm

65 birthday
September 17 - October 28

Burton’s 65th Anniversary Edition

This vibrant exhibition will celebrate 65 years of The Burton and tell its story through a fascinating collection of artefacts.

The Burton Art Gallery and Museum was established in October 1951 by Thomas Burton, a local businessman, and his friend Hubert Coop, a successful artist.

From humble beginnings it’s grown to be a celebrated art gallery and museum, hosting exhibitions of national and international standing.


Talk and Tour - September 17, 2pm

Join exhibitions and collections officer Warren Collum for an eclectic look at The Burton’s history.

65 Objects - From August 29

We’ll reveal an object a day from The Burton’s permanent collection on Facebook. ‘Like’ us to see what’s hidden in the archives.

Born in 1951? - Come in and tell us if you share your 65th birthday with the Burton?

We’d love to hear if you or a member of your family is 65 this year and has a connection with the Torridge area.

September 24 - November 07

Cornelia Parker: One Day This Glass Will Break

Don’t miss the work currently on tour from the Alan Cristea Gallery, London of this renowned British artist who was short-listed for the Turner Prize.

Best known for her large-scale installations, Cornelia Parker’s new body of work is inspired by Fox Talbot’s first photographic images.

Fascinated by found objects, Parker transforms our understanding of them through the photogravure process. A light bulb, a tower of glasses or a jug spilling ice cubes are transformed into ghost-like still lives captured on paper.

Works from this exhibition will be available to purchase at The Burton for a limited time.


November 05 - January 22

Clangers, Bagpuss & Co

On tour from the V&A

Meet Bagpuss, see the Soup Dragon and behold Noggin the Nog in this touring exhibition organised by the V&A Museum of Childhood.

Oliver Postgate’s voice and Peter Firmin’s puppets have shaped the childhood memories of millions since they started collaborating in the 1950s.

As well as telling the story of Bagpuss and the Clangers, this exhibition goes behind the scenes of some of their other creations: Pogles’ Wood, Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine.

Enter the world of Smallfilms to discover original puppets, sets, and filming equipment. See how characters developed, and learn how Oliver and Peter developed their stop-frame animation techniques. Then have a go yourself using 21st century technology.

The Burton is proud to be only the second gallery to show this exhibition in the UK.

November 19 - December 24

Annual Open Christmas Exhibition


In search of a beautifully unique, Christmas gift?

Organised by the Friends of the Burton, The Annual Open Christmas Exhibition is an opportunity for local artists, amateurs and professionals to exhibit alongside each other. With more than 200 works to choose from, you’ll find something amazing.

This is a great way to support The Burton while experiencing the best of North Devon’s artistic talent. If you’d like to submit your work, please see the Terms of Entry here or call 01237 471455.


Free preview event

Friday, November 18, 7pm


Handing in dates:

November 12 - 13, 11am – 4pm

lottery funded