Approved: 03.12.2014

Lucinda Burgess


Approved: 03.12.2014

At the heart of my work is an emphasis on transience; the constantly changing nature of materials and the constantly changing nature of the viewer’s direct experience.

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Artist Statement

At the heart of my work is an emphasis on transience; the constantly changing nature of materials and the constantly changing nature of the viewer’s direct experience.

I have chosen materials that are capable of dramatic visual transformation; wood, steel, paper and glass. By incorporating natural processes such as rusting, burning or reflecting, there is an implication that change is inevitable and cannot be avoided. My repetitive polishing of steel in order to maintain a reflective surface underlines the fact that nothing ever stays the same regardless of any desire to hold it still.

By using a minimalist aesthetic, the greater simplicity, geometry and uncomplicated display of materials allows the attention to more easily appreciate subtle change and difference. Repeating almost identical things underlines the fact that there is no repetition in fact.

Recent work has moved the emphasis onto the ever changing nature of direct experience rather than on an idea of a permanently existing object. This has made circumstance and context an integral part of the work. Long lines are used to encourage walking, to exaggerate the changes of perspective and reflective materials also help to emphasize that the visual field is constantly changing.

CV & Education

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2014 MA in Fine Art, (Distinction). Bath School of Art and Design.
2002 Higher National Certificate in Garden Design and Planning. (Distinction)
1990 Worked for a Buddhist charity for 11 years. Training included extensive lecturing, teaching and writing in London, Oxford and Bath on Buddhist philosophy and meditation.
1987 Art Teachers’ Post Graduate - Goldsmith’s College, University of London
1986 BA (Hons) Fine Art and Art History - Bath Academy of Art

2017  Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London
2017  Stimulus, Municipal Gallery, Athens
2017  Art Number 23. Menier Gallery, London
2017  Interact. Cultivate Gallery, Coate  Studios, London
2017. Kuuki. Roper Gallery, Bath
2016. Line Point and Plane. Nunnery Gallery, London
2016. WWOOMAFABSU. Oxo Tower Wharf Gallery, London
2016 Minimalism in Architectural Space. Fringe Arts Bath.
2016 Pay and Display. Centrespace Gallery, Bristol.
2015 Artmasters. Truman Brewery, London.
2015 Annual Autumn Open. Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2015 'Art + Work' Pearson Burgess and Haines. Installation at the Museum of Bath at Work.
2014 'Winter Exhibition' Beaux Art Gallery, London 2014
2014 'Water' To celebrate the inauguration of the Global Academy of Liberal Arts, Opened in Bath by Lord Putnam. Artists included Julian Opie and Gavin Turk.
2014 Exhibition at ‘CAST’, (Cornubian Arts and Science Trust), Helston
2014 ‘A Peripatetic Encounter’. O3 Gallery, Oxford.
2013 Big Deal 5, Q-Park Cavendish Square. London.  Autumn Frieze week. Artists included; Tracey Emin, Cedric Christie.
2013 ‘The Map is not the Territory’. 44AD Gallery. Bath.
2005 The Arndean Gallery, 23 Cork Street, London.
1988 Chelsea Gardner Gallery, London.
1986 Victoria Art Gallery, Bath.


2014-17 Commissioned by The Osborne Group to commemorate the January storm for Porthleven, Cornwall with a sculpture in the harbour.

2017 Artist in Residence. Awarded grant by Chateaux Orquevaux, France.
2017 Edge Gallery, University of Bath. Public lecture 'Art and Context'.
2017 Grant award for Residency at Chateau Orquevaux
2017 Art Reveal Magazine, Issue 23
2016 RBS membership.
2014 Winner of Porthleven Prize. Fully funded art residency in Porthleven for three weeks.
2007 Sculpture and Garden Design for Harpac International Show Garden, Chelsea Flower Show. Gold Medal and ‘Best in Category’.
2007 Sculptural Show Garden. Hampton Court Flower Show. Gold Medal.
2002 APL Award (Association of Professional landscapers) for Floral Colour Spectrum, Kew Gardens.
2007-17 Resumed art practice, (as above).
2009-17 Regular part-time Art teacher at Bath Artists’ Studios.
2009-11 Regular part time lecturer in Landscape design at Garden Design School, London 
2009-11 Part time lecturer at Wiltshire College, Trowbridge. Fine Art Foundation course and Adult learning Programme.
2006-07 Designed three show gardens for Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows.
2001-11 Ran own business as a Landscape Designer. 
2002 Curator for The National Trust. Set up a sculpture park at The Courts, in Holt, Wiltshire.
1986-89 Art teacher at: Soundwell Technical College, Bristol; Godolphin and Latymer School, London; Sion Manning Comprehensive School, London.