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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

Clangers, Bagpuss & Co have arrived…

Clangers, Bagpuss & Co have arrived..... see our exhibitions page for more details.



Clangers Animation Workshops - 26th November

10am - 12.30pm (ages 5-7) or 1.30pm - 4pm (ages 8-12) - £7.50 per session

Help create a short animated film featuring this famous family of mouselike creatures. Parents must accompany.

Booking in advanced required.

Burton at Bideford recruiting further Trustees

The Burton at Bideford is recruiting additional Trustees to join the Board with skills and experience in the Arts and/or fundraising.  From 1st April 2016 the newly formed charity has taken over the running of the Burton Art Gallery and Museum from Torridge District Council.

We are looking for active and engaged Trustees who are able to commit time and energy to the new Trust in this important time to support the staff and take the organisation forward.

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee please download a recruitment pack here 

Deadline for applications is 15th May 2016

Christmas and New Year 2015/16 at The Burton

We thought you might like to know what’s happening at The Burton over the festive period, so that you know when to visit us:


Opening Times

Christmas Eve: 10am until 1pm

25th/26th/27th/28th Dec: CLOSED

29th/30th/31st Dec: Normal Opening Hours Apply*

*Please note Café du Parc will not be open during this period due to having a refurbishment


Closure Period

Please note The Burton will be closed from 1st January until 15th January 2016. We will re-open at 10am on Saturday 16th January 2016.


Café du Parc – Refurbishment Plans

As you may have already heard through the grape vine, Café du Parc is having a New Year refurbishment! As I’m sure you can imagine this is going to involve a lot of hard work (which will all be worth it once you see the end result!) but this does mean Café du Parc will be closed from 4pm on the 23rd December until 23rd January 2016. We hope you agree the closure and the wait will be worth it and we hope to see you in the New Year – keep an eye out for behind the scenes photos of the refurbishment on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages!

Winter 2015 News

Arts Council Grants for Arts - Advice session for North Devon Artists at Burton
Wednesday 11th November 1-4pm, Free, Booking required (let us know you're coming along)

Led by Arts Council staff and specifically aimed at individual artists in North Devon, this session is intended to advise and help those interested in applying for Grants for the Arts Funding from Arts Council England.  The session will involve a presentation introducing the programme, how to apply and the criteria for decision making. There will also be 1-2-1 surgeries 10 minutes each.
1-2pm    Presentation
2-3pm    Groups discussion and Q & A
3-4pm    1-2-1 surgeries 10 minutes each per participant. Please have a specific project in mind to discuss. BOOKING REQUIRED for 1-2-1 sessions – Limited places

To book your place please contact us:  (e) burtonartgallery@torridge.gov.uk or (t) 01237 471455                              

Bideford Black - The Next Generation: 4th October - 13th February 2015
Way back in 2014, we were lucky enough to be awarded Arts Council Grants for the Arts funding to commision 11 Artists (2 partnerships) and a Film Maker to produce work using or inspired by Bideford Black. Here's a preview - coming soon......'BIDEFORD BLACK: The Next Generation' (exhibition trailer) 
For more information on the Bideford Black project see the BB Blog

Becoming a Trust
As some of you may know, this is something we've been working on for a long time and over the next year or so a new not for profit organisation will be established. A shadow board of trustees are in place helping us work towards our final destination and we will be sure to keep you updated along the way. Although a big task ahead for the staff and volunteers our aspiration is for a thriving Burton in the future.

Burton seeking a PhD student - Ceramics

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award in Ceramics (Practice-Based)
Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University and the Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford invite applications for a fully funded PhD studentship in ceramics on the topic of ‘The RJ Lloyd Collection: Explorations and responses'. Closing date for applications is 12:00, Monday 25 May 2015. The studentship will begin on 1 October 2015.
Funding details: The duration of the PhD studentship is three years, full time , subject to satisfactory progress.  The stipend will be paid at the standard research councils rate, which for 2015-16 will be £14, 057.
Click here to find out more About the Collaborative Doctoral Award including How to apply
Click here to find out more about the Ceramics Collections at the Burton.

Project Manager: The Burton Art Gallery and Museum Trust

As many of you know the Burton is working towards becoming a Trust. We are now seeking a Project Manager to support this process.

Project Manager: Burton Art Gallery and Museum Trust
Anticipated fee £27,000
June 2015 – end April 2016

From April 2016, the Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford, will be managed by a not for profit charitable organisation, responsible for the delivery and care and management of, the heritage and art collections and purpose built museum and gallery for Torridge District Council.

A Project Manager is sought with organisational development expertise and project management skills to manage the process of: Transferring the management of the Burton to the new organisation, establishing a suite of agreements between the new organisation and the Council and instilling good practice policies and plans to support future resilience.

The Project Manager will have an understanding and experience of: Significant large scale and complex project management, cultural sector development and priorities, specific experience of issues faced by not for profit bodies, establishing and/or working closely with trustee boards, managing collections and museum accreditation requirements and developing partnership agreements between two separate bodies. They will also be expected to; demonstrate ability to spend time in Bideford, Provide proof of public liability insurance up to £5 million, professional indemnity insurance up to £2 million and proof of self employment tax status.

Deadline for application is: 12 noon 26th May 2015
Interviews: Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Tender documents are ONLY available via the electronic tendering system ‘Supplying the South West’. To enable you to do business with the Authority you must register your details on their website;  www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk and then log in to Opportunities.

Artists and Film-maker Wanted…...

This is an exciting opportunity for artists to explore, and respond to Bideford Black, a rich black pigment, and a film maker to document the artist's journey. The Burton Art Gallery & Museum has secured Arts Council England funding to commission eight artists and a film maker to make new works for the collection and to develop new ways of using Bideford Black. ‘Bideford Black - The Next Generation’ is a Burton project produced and curated in association with Flow Contemporary Arts and Claire Gulliver.

For more information see the Bideford Black Blog     To download a brief and find out how to apply click here (re-directed to Flow Contemporary Arts)
Email Expression of Interest document/s as a .doc or a .pdf file/s (max size 8mb) to Carolyn Black at Carolyn@flowprojects.org.uk by 12 noon on Friday 29th August 2014

Project Manager Sought

Project Manager: Bideford Black – The Next Generation
Fixed Fee - £9750

The Burton Art Gallery and Museum is seeking a project manager with experience of commissioning artists, exhibition development, budget management and project evaluation, to co-ordinate and deliver a 2 year project funded by the Arts Council England as part of the Grants for Arts programme. Bideford Black: The Next Generation will expand the Burton’s permanent collection by commissioning artworks made by contemporary artists using Bideford Black; a material unique to the town of Bideford.

For the project manager brief > PDF of Current Exhibition and Events programme > Exhibitions Policy >

Application deadline: 9am Tuesday 3rd June It is anticipated that interviews will take place on Tuesday 10th June.

Burton celebrates Bideford’s past industry with a new display opening on Bideford Black

On Saturday 8th February, the Burton launched a new display on a most significant element in Bideford’s history, The Story of Bideford Black, a coal-based pigment found in the Bideford area. Work on the project to create the display started in January 2013, and has been supported by a grant of £8,700 awarded under the All Our Stories funding programme run by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Combined with a legacy grant gifted to The Friends of the Burton from Peggy Lines, the project has recorded, documented and explored Bideford Black resulting in the new permanent display.

Over 70 people attended the launch of the new display which was officially opened by Cllr Simon Inch, Mayor of Bideford and Cllr Tony Inch, Chair of Torridge District Council, with speeches from Tamin Daniel, South West Heritage Lottery Fund Committee Member and Pam Biggs, Chair of the Friends of the Burton. Out thanks to all involved especially those who donated items, stories, memories, facts etc. as well as the local artists, primary schools and local expertise and lead researcher, Pete Ward and learning co-ordinators, Julian Vayne and Sadie Green.

Click here for the full story.

All Our Stories Funding announced for the Burton

Telling Our Story: Burton Art Gallery and Museum celebrates £8,700 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to support Bideford Black project.

We're really pleased to announce that the Burton is one of the first organisations in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant. This exciting project, The Story of Bideford Black, will be led by The Burton, who have been given a grant of £8,700 to find out more about the rich history of Bideford Black and its relationship to the area.

Bideford Black is a naturally occurring pigment, which was mined for over 200 years, until 1969.  It is a unique pigment found only in Bideford, used by the local ship building industry, for tank camouflage in WWII, as a dye and artist’s colour and even by Max Factor in make up production.

All Our Stories funding, is a brand new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story – it has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.

The programme and HLF All Our Stories has proved a real hit and now The Story of Bideford Black is one of hundreds of successful projects around the UK to receive a grant. The Burton will be working with the local community to research, gather and document stories and share these memories and experiences, through a Show and Tell at the Burton on March 20th, and at other community based workshops. The project will also collect information from local historians and geologists. Stories, information, images and artefacts gathered will also be shared via a blog, website and social media pages. The Burton invites local people to volunteer their time and help to gather the stories.  All of this will contribute to the production of a specially designed new permanent exhibit within the Burton Art Gallery and Museum and the production of a teachers’ pack for work in schools.

Councillor Jane Whittaker added “this project and the funding secured for it is another triumph for the Burton and for Bideford as well. There are a wealth of stories to be told about the town's significant past and this one of them. The story behind the rise and fall of Bideford Black will now be told and of equal importance will be available to future generations".

Commenting on the award, Miranda Clarke Visual Arts Manager at The Burton said: “It’s fantastic news that we have been awarded this grant and we can’t wait to get started. Older members of the local community still remember Bideford Black, but if we’re not careful to record and document these memories and collect relevant artefacts that first hand information will be lost forever. For me, what’s even more exciting is that Bideford Black is not only part of our local heritage but it’s also an artists material, in fact a number of local artists, such as Pete Ward, who inspired this project, still use Bideford Black in their work. So it has a direct connection with the current day. It’s so important to teach and share our heritage with future generations and this project will add to our knowledge and preserve history.

Keep up to date with the project via our Bideford Black Blog

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