Arts Catalyst is delighted to announce Leeds-based artist Melissa Burntown as our Instagram Artist-in-Residence for 2020 with her project a weight in the hand.
Informed by visits to the Museums Sheffield collections, Melissa will be researching and exploring ideas of threat and survival in relation to objects within the Natural History and Archaeological stores. During the residency, she will also spend time interviewing collection curators and conservators in order to develop a transdisciplinary dialogue reflecting on what it means to look at anthropological artefacts now in the context of the challenges faced by a contemporary global society today. Interview transcripts and documentation of the project will be shared throughout the residency, alongside experimentation in the artist’s studio.
“I’m incredibly excited to work with Arts Catalyst and Museums Sheffield. The residency will help push my practice in new directions and inform a new body of work, inspired by the Museums Sheffield collections.” – Melissa Burntown
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Melissa Burntown (b.1988) is a Leeds-based artist whose practice aims to challenge object ontologies and the notion of being-in-the-world, from a de-anthropocentric perspective. Working in a variety of media including sculpture, print, text and video; themes of landscape, survival, and ecology often feature in her work.
She studied BA Fine Art & Critical Theory at Middlesex University (2008-2011) graduating with First Class Honours and later obtained a distinction in MA in Fine Art at the University of Leeds (2013 – 2014). She has also been involved in multiple artist-led projects since 2011, and in 2016 co-founded serf, an artist studios and project space in Leeds. Recent projects and exhibitions include: …Even if It’s Someone Else’s, Freehold Projects, Index Festival, Leeds, September 2019; The desire to be part of a story…*, Yorkshire House, Index Festival, Leeds, July 2019; serf ‘n’ turf, Turf Projects, Croydon, February 2019; Drilling from both sides of the stone, (solo exhibition), serf, Leeds, April 2018; Hubris Nemesis Catastrophe, (solo exhibition), LIMBO, Margate, November 2017; Exchange Rates: Sluice Art Fair, Collar, New York, October 2016; General Studies (curated by Ryan Gander and Jonathan P Watts), Outpost Studios Gildengate House, Norwich, July, 2016.
Image: Melissa Burntown: Drilling from both sides of the stone (detail), 2019; photo by Julian Lister