In April 2020, we put out a call to support an artist in residence, looking to commission an artist or art collective to develop an exciting project reflecting our renowned ceramics collection. We’re very pleased to announce the recent appointment of Juneau Projects.

Juneau Projects was formed in 2001, by artists Philip Duckworth and Ben Sadler. They work across a broad range of media including painting, sculpture, animation, performance, music, and installation. Much of their work is made in collaboration with other people and focuses on the relationship between society, culture and the natural world. Interested in how nature is perceived through the lens of technology, folk art and other cultural mediation. Throughout their career, they have examined the process of working in a hands-on way with technology to produce artworks, projects and collaborations.

Juneau have showcased work internationally including, creating a new project for ‘Romantic Detachment’ at PS1 New York in which they set up and ran a record label and shop from the gallery, recruiting local New York bands to record cover versions of songs they wrote as teenagers and releasing these recordings as bespoke handmade artworks.
They also had a number of high profile exhibitions over subsequent years, including a solo exhibition at Tate Britain in 2008, for which they created a large-scale outdoor sculpture for their sculpture court. They have continued to show internationally at venues including J P Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA; Frankfurter Kunstverien, Frankfurt, Germany; Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Japan.

Over the last couple of months, they’ve been working hard behind the scenes developing their project which entails developing an illustrated publication looking at the objects in the Museum’s ceramics collection, working with staff and visitors to create the illustrations.

They will be joining us at the Burton on a number of dates before Christmas, kicking off by working with the Burton’s Young Friends group on Saturday 14th September.

Artists Juneau Projects will be working with visitors to The Burton and the local community to create an illustrated publication celebrating the ceramics collections. They are looking for participants to make prints, drawings, collages, paintings and more featuring ceramics from the collection to use in the publication and exhibition. Beginners and experts alike are welcome to attend workshops with them where a selection of the ceramics will be available to observe up close and draw from life.

You can find out more information about the forthcoming workshops in the following ways: