Approved: 21.02.2018

Victoria Burgher

Artist, Film-maker, Maker, Researcher

Approved: 21.02.2018

My practice-based, interdisciplinary PhD research at the University of Westminster uses porcelain to interrogate ideological and material whiteness from an explicitly anti-racist position. My practice is largely sculptural, underpinned by thorough contextual research and sensitive response – to spaces, situations, objects and contexts. Commodities of colonialism are used to highlight the legacy

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    Artist Statement

    My practice-based, interdisciplinary PhD research at the University of Westminster uses porcelain to interrogate ideological and material whiteness from an explicitly anti-racist position. My practice is largely sculptural, underpinned by thorough contextual research and sensitive response – to spaces, situations, objects and contexts. Commodities of colonialism are used to highlight the legacy of imperial exploitation on our contemporary world. A sense of place and personal identity are engrained in this ‘decolonial’ approach to making. 

    CV & Education

    Education
    2012-14  MA Art & Politics (Distinction) Goldsmiths College, University of London
    2008-09 PG Diploma Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London
    2005-06 BA Hons Ceramics (First Class) University of Westminster, London
    2003-05 Diploma Fine and Applied Arts (Distinction) London Metropolitan University

    Selected exhibitions
    2018
    Bow Open, selected by Mark Titchner, Nunnery Gallery, London
    This Temporary Matter, Fringe Arts Bath Festival
    A Month at the Venice Biennale: Work by British Council Fellows, RAW Lab, London


    2017
    Käfig, Hackney Wick, London
    A.P.T. Creekside Open, London

    2016
    Commission for Great Fire 350 celebrations, All Hallows by the Tower, London
    HouseRules, Canary Wharf, Art Licks, London
    Bow Open, Nunnery Gallery, London
    White Gold, Galerie de Stoker, Amsterdam

    2015
    HouseRules, Art Licks, London
    Ceramics Open, Salisbury Art Centre
    Office Sessions IV, Soho, London
    Dis/placed, Shoreditch Town Hall, London

    2014
    HouseRules, Hampstead Heath, London
    HouseRules, Anchorage House, London

    2013
    Passion for Freedom, Embassy Tea Gallery, London
    residencySHOT, Glogauair, Berlin

    2012
    Passion for Freedom, Unit 24 Gallery, London
    Heygate Estate, London
    four play, Arthub Gallery, London
    Tradition and Innovation, CAA Gallery, London
    My Place on the Isle, Mica Gallery, London

    2011
    Urban Dialogues, Red Gallery, London (curator)
    Passion for Freedom, Unit 24 Gallery, London

    2010
    again, again, again, Solo Show, Westbourne Grove Church ArtSpace, London
    Michael Landy : Art Bin, South London Gallery

    2009
    UpSTARTS Festival, London
    Artifice, BASH Studios, London
    Intersections, The Nunnery Gallery, London
    Diverse Practices, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London

    2008
    RBS Bursary Award Exhibition, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
    Life & Liberty, Westbourne Grove Church Art Space, London
    Figure, Burghley Sculpture Garden, Stamford

    2007
    Images of the Divine, Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham
    Playthings, Stroud House Gallery
    Sugar Coated Tears, Wolverhampton Art Gallery
    M.A.D., Dray Walk Gallery, London
    Dispensed With, Kingsgate Gallery, London
    Life Cycles, The Crypt, St Pancras Church, London

    2006
    Szpilman Award participant
    Step Even Closer, London Gallery West
    Figuring Narratives, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

    2005
    Group Show, Richard Dennis Gallery, London
    Snowcase*5, Fold Gallery, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

    Awards
    2017 a•n Professional Development Bursary
    2017 British Council Venice Fellowship
    2016 Open Society Foundations Fellowship
    2016 Arts Council/British Council Artists' International Development Fund Grant Award
    2013 Passion for Freedom Ambassador Award
    2010 Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Award
    2010 Urban Dialogues Award
    2008 RBS Bursary Award, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London

    Press

    a•n Q&A with Laura Purseglove, project curator, Art and Christianity Enquiry Trust, 2017

    The Spectator Nov 2013

    Culture Wars, Institute of Ideas, London