The Burton at Bideford are launching an exciting new artist commission project. Working in partnership with local Bideford business Mitchell & Dickinson, sponsors of the first year. As part of the Burton’s commitment to support new and emerging artists across the South West we’re seeking to commission a new and emerging South West artist to develop a project in response to climate change. The project was recently announced at the Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories exhibition private view, who Mitchell & Dickinson are the local sponsor for.

Principal of the Burton at Bideford Ian Danby says:

‘We are delighted to announce our first of many emerging local artist commissions, the first of which has been generously supported by local business Mitchell & Dickinson. We are putting together a range of sponsorship opportunities with local businesses and sponsors which will lead to an emerging artist being selected to make a new work – “On the Theme of climate change” which will join the Burton’s permanent collection.
This £2000 award will lead to the extension of the Burtons Collection of contemporary works and will be selected by the Principal of The Burton, Sponsor Mitchell & Dickinson and the current TDC member for culture. This commission is open to new and emerging artists in any medium from across the South West. Once back, the work will be displayed by the sponsor before then being displayed in the entrance to The Burton for a further 3 months before joining the collection.’

Mitchell & Dickinson insulates period properties across Southern England. Insulating your home is one of the most effective things you can do to help the climate as well as making your home warmer and so the theme of this artwork resonates strongly with Mitchell & Dickinson’s mission. The multi-award winning company based in Bideford specialises in retrofitting listed properties and offers their unique, ultra-efficient and virtually invisible CosyGlazing system of secondary glazing, as well as restoration of period doors and windows, sheep wool loft insulation, elegant draught proofing. These measures can reduce heat loss by 40-50% in traditional properties, having a huge effect on warmth and comfort in the home, and save 2 tonnes of carbon per home per annum and offer an outstanding return on investment for the home owner.

As well as individual homes Mitchell & Dickinson has insulated the entire historic village of Clovelly in North Devon, for which the village won “Landlord of the Year” at the Energy Efficiency Awards. With a strong environmental ethic the company has a triple bottom line of people, planet and profit, and has saved over 10,000 tonnes of CO2 through insulating 600 properties to date.
Managing Director Mukti Mitchell also gives talks and presentations on how improving your quality of life reduces your carbon footprint. As Devon Environmental Champion, he has been living and promoting low carbon lifestyles for 25 years, and famously sailed around Britain in a 15ft Eco Yacht in 2007 endorsed by the Prince of Wales and Prime minister. The company is now sponsoring the Environmental Art Commission by the Burton Art Gallery.

MD Mukti Mitchell says “Artists are leaders of change in society because they create visions of the future that we subconsciously head towards. Right now we need visions of the beautiful low carbon future to show what an attractive world we will be creating in 2030 by becoming carbon neutral.”

Potential applicants have until September 20th to apply, find out more information at www.burtonartgallery.co.uk/about-us/vacancies/