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

April 09 - May 23

Bertram Prance – Humour and Light

Organised to welcome and celebrate the 3 exquisite pen and ink drawings by Bidefordian Bertram Prance, purchased and gifted to the Burton by The Friends of the Burton, this exhibition draws together the 6 works from the Burton’s own collection with works from the Estate of Bertram Prance and the newly accessioned drawings.

Prance’s humorous drawings were always sought after by The Tatler, The Humourist and Passing Show. But it was his drawings published in “Punch” which established and assured his career. As fashions changed after the 2nd World War he became in demand as a book illustrator, particularly in advertising, but he was also a brilliant painter, a favourite subject being the sky and landscapes of North Devon.


Talk and Tour Saturday 9th April 2pm Free

Join Christopher Prance for an insight to his father’s work.

March 24 - May 09

Contemporary British Watercolours

Featuring a selection of watercolour works from 21 British artists, this exhibition demonstrates the 21st-century approach to what has long been heralded as a quintessentially British format.

Curated by acclaimed watercolour artist Simon Carter, the exhibition charts contemporary activity within this artistic method and the display represents a fascinating insight into how watercolour as a medium has evolved in the modern era, with excitement and experimentation key to current techniques.

Artists include; Susie Hamilton, James Faure Walker, Melanie Russell, Hannah Maybank, Steven Walker, Claudia Bose and Julian Brown.


Contemporary British Watercolours is on tour from Maidstone Museum.



February 13 - March 28

Philip Eglin: Slipping the Trail


Philip Eglin is one of the UK’s foremost ceramicists. His work is inspired by great paintings, old pots, children’s drawings or plastic bottles and he enjoys working with museum collections. Slipping the Trail is an exhibition of new works, on tour from Aberystwyth University, based on their nineteenth century slipware collection, much of it from Buckley in North Wales.

He exhibits internationally and was awarded the Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts in 1996. His work can be found in numerous public collections.

Accompanying this exhibition is a 66 page colour catalogue produced by Oliver Eglin, Photographer and Philip’s son which will be available from The Burton Shop.



Talk and Tour Saturday 13th February 2pm


Join Professor Moira Vincentelli from Aberystwyth University for an insight in to how this exhibition developed.

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February 06 - March 14

Annual Schools Exhibition 2016

One of the highlights of the year, the Annual Schools Exhibition never fails to delight. Bursting with colour and creative flair it showcases and encourages the talents of young artists, aged 5 – 18, in the area and demonstrates the results of inspirational teaching.

NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies), keen to support young, local talent are again, generously sponsoring three cash prizes to those schools that exhibit the most creative and original artwork.

Presentation of winners’ awards will be held on Tuesday 1st March from 3pm onwards.

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