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Clare Burnett

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Clare Burnett is a painter, sculptor and site-specific artist whose artworks relate visually and conceptually to their surroundings. She undertakes permanent and temporary art commissions, residencies, exhibitions, projects and workshops, working alone and in collaboration. Her overall aim is to examine how minimal, abstract interventions can encourage people to turn their heads, take notice and be inspired by the places in which they live and work.

Clare has developed projects in a variety of private and public spaces: the street, both the Brompton and West Norwood cemeteries, White City, Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation and, most recently Leighton House Museum where she had a solo show throughout the house in 2011/12.

In 2012 Clare was elected Vice-President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and is actively involved in its mission to support and promote art involving all aspects of three dimensions.

Of her Fine Art Practice, Clare says 'The aim of my work is to bring colour, shape and the painted surface into a moment of dynamic resolution, paring down my images to contain all that is essential. Working over sustained periods of time with indMdual pigments, I explore the shapes that a colour aligns itself with given a variety of constraints - proportion, scale and the surrounding space. I have recently made a painted shape to stand within a forest setting and would like to work more with coloured shapes in the landscape'.


  • 2003 - 04 
    • The Institute of Education. Fine Art PGCE (Artist-Teacher programme).
  • 1990 - 94
    • Foundation and Diploma Fine Art Byam shaw School of Art
  • 1983 - 86
    • MA Architecture and Law, Christ's College Cambridge

Posts, membership and residencies

  • 2012
    • Vice President, Royal British Society of Sculptors
  • 2011  
    • Artist in Residence, Leighton House
    • RBKC artist bursary.
    • Artist in Residence, My Ideas Book,
    • Royal British Society of Sculptors; Associate, Council member and Education Committee
  • 2010 
    • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; Professional Development Bursary.


  • 2011  
    • The Legacies and Lagoons of the First British Olympics: Critical Cities
    • The Tulip at Leighton House booklet.
    • Art for Early Years, Creative Junction.
  • 2008  
  • 2007
    • White City Teacher Pack, with Clare Odgers, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
  • 2006 
    • Pathways to Value Evaluation report, Creative Partnerships.
  • 2004 
    • Bridges, Artist book with LAND2, contributor.

Selected Exhibitions and Projects

  • 2011-12  
    • Curious. Site specific exhibition. West Norwood Cemetery. (Private View 22 June 2012)
    • Folded. Solo site-specific exhibition at Leighton House following year long residency.
    • Drawing Connections Siena Art Institute, mixed show.
  • 2010  
    • Stop the posts campaign London; and artworks on street posts
    • Throwaway World 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe.
    • Café Gallery Projects Open, London;
  • 2009  
    • So Near So Far APT Gallery, Deptford; 5-artist show.
    • White City Installation II Bloomsbury Design architect’s office, London WC1;.
  • 2007-9  
    • The White City Project, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham : Pavilion, Jack Tizard Special School;
    • Temporary spaces, Randolph Beresford Early Years Centre, Wall paintings, Canberra Primary School. Website and collaborations.
  • 2008 
    • Answer it Sticker project, West London.
    • On Show at 108 Royal British Society of Sculptors.
  • 2007  
    • White City Installation II Empty House, Dering Street, London.
    • Dickson Russell Asthma Exhibition Jerwood Space, London.
  • 2006 
    • Rathfarnham, Ireland; Percent for Art shortlisted proposal for playground sculpture.
  • 2005
    • RIBA; Collaboration with Hugh Cullum Architects, Central Middlesex Hospital Competition.
    • Central Middlesex Hospital Shortlist Exhibition, RIBA.
  • 2004  
    • Stretch The Institute of Education, London; wall painting.
  • 2003 
    • Roadworks. London Borough Hammersmith and Fulham Visual Arts Month commission.
    • Private house, West London; commission to reveal architectural features.
  • 2002 
    • Formes wall paintings Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation, Marseille; funded by the British Council.
    • 33, (hand-made shoe shop), London; commission.
    • Finalist, The Peterborough Prize. Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery.
  • 2001  
    • All Soles, The Brompton Cemetery; temporary project, presented by James Colman Gallery.
    • Collaboration with musicians, David Watkin and Peter Hanson; solo string music by Bach.
  • 2002
    • Still Standing The Sculpture Park, Farnham; Commission.
  • 2000 
    • Millennium Commission, Birmingham Cathedral.
    • Jerwood Drawing Prize, Cheltenham.
  • 1999  
    • Solo Show. The Atrium, Cork Street, London.
  • 1997 
    • Back to the Future The National Gallery, London.
    • Solo Show. The Atrium, Cork Street, London.
  • 1996
    • The Discerning Eye, Selection by Jonathan Watkins. Mall Galleries.
    • Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy.
    • Folio Show, Intaglio Printmakers.

Selection of recent school and college work

  • 2012  
    • Service Children’s Education. Olympic Truce project in Primary and Secondary Service Schools, Germany
  • 2011-12 
    • Notting Hill and Ealing High School. Maternity cover Years 7-12
    • Ashford School of Art and Design. Visiting lecturer, HND and BA
    • GCSE mentoring (from studio)
  • 2010 
    • Christ’s College, Cambridge; ‘Ways of Seeing’ workshop for medical/ classics fellows and students.
    • Bluegate Fields Junior School, Staff Sculpture CPD.
    • Critical Cities Festival, London; Lecture, Legacies and Lagoons of the First British Olympics.
    • Chippenham Junior Schoool, Slough. Maths and visual art cross-curricular project.
    • Kent College of Art and Design, Ashford. Visiting lecturer on BA.
    • Royal British Society of Sculptors; Member of Council and Education committee, (responsibilities include selection panels, strategy and project development.)
  • 2009  
    • The School of Life. Play Course Leader.
    • Royal British Society of Sculptors. Regular CPD for sculptors on working as an artist in schools.
    • Malorees Infant School; Outside Space and Higher Plane Learning.
    • John Kelly Technology College: Student Voice and Changing the School using Art and Technology.
    • St Mattthew’s Primary School, Enfield; Experimenting with a Creative Curriculum.
    • Pitshanger Museum and Gallery; workshops for community groups.
  • 2008
    • London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and the BBC; White City project in ten White City Schools
    • Robert Blair Primary School, London N1; Creative Partnerships London East and South project to increase involvement of parents and carers in school.
  • 2007
    • Eltham Green Secondary School; RS and Art workshop.
    • Shapla Primary School, Tower Hamlets; Creative Partnerships London East and South sculpture project (permanent playground sculptures, workshops and inset)
  • 2006 
    • The Childerley, Hammermith and Fulham Pupil Referral Unit; regular teaching sessions.
  • 2003 - 06
    • Islington Arts and Media School; Creative Partnerships East cross curricular sculpture project, bringing together RS and Art departments.
    • Turney Road Special School, Hammersmith Pupil Referral Unit, Burlington Danes Secondary School and St John the Divine Primary School Artist projects (printmaking).
    • Royal Society of British Sculptors and at Islington Arts and Media School . Lectures on on Sculpture in Education
    • Chelsea College of Art; Sculpture and New Media Foundation.
    • Serpentine Gallery; teacher workshops on Cy Twombly.
    • Hampstead School; GCSE, GNVQ, A-level and Artist in Residence.
    • The Bridge Academy (Pupil Referral Unit.); GCSE

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