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Henny Burnett

I am a mixed media artist and educator, central to my practice is research, museum collections and archives and reinterpreting these to engage a contemporary audience.

Artist Statement: I am a mixed media artist working mainly in sculpture and installation using a range of techniques that include casting, assemblage, photography, projections & sound. My practice is about the domestic and everyday, and the stories of the objects around us - in both our homes and museums. Collecting, collating, documenting and display are key elements in my work as is repetition. I am interested in the dynamics of opposites: domestic and industrial, beautiful and ugly, useful and useless, temporary or permanent. My process has resulted in work that explores fragility of memory; is rooted in the fabric of the home, yet presented in an historical context.


Qualifications and training

Mass sculpture program, Thames-Side Studios, London 

PGCE, Art & Design, Institute of Education, University of London

Postgraduate Diploma, Tapestry/Printmaking (Commended), Edinburgh College of Art

BA Hons (1st), Design, Edinburgh College of Art 

Solo exhibitions

2009 - The Shoemaker's Shrine, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Northampton

2008 - The Shoemaker's Shrine, jgallery, Moulton, Northampton

2004 - Installation 'Uncle Eric's Box II', Gallery II, University of Bradford

2002 - I Went to See the King, Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh, Southampton

2002 - The Language of Ghosts, Southside Arts, Southampton

2001 - Uncle Eric's Box, The Otter Gallery, Chichester

Group exhibition

2024 - A Room of One’s Own, Irving Gallery, Oxford 

2023 - Wales Contemporary International Open, Waterfront Gallery, Milford Haven 

2023 – Home, Artcan, Downstairs at The Department Store, Brixton, London

2023 – The Ground Beneath Our Feet, GroundWork Gallery, Kings Lynn

2023 - 170 Annual Open Exhibition, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2023 – Open_Open. CAS (Chapel Arts Studios), Andover

2023 – Procreate Project Archive, MAKESPACE, Oxford

2023 – Space/Place, NOHAT, Broadway Gallery, Letchworth Garden City

2023 – This Year’s Model ’23 Part III, Studio1.1 London

2022 - 169 Annual Open Exhibition, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2022 – Relics, Groving project curated by Barbara Dougan, Bury St Edmunds

2022 - OXMARKET Open 2022, Chichester, West Sussex

2022 - Black Swan Arts Open 2022, Frome

2022 - Evolver Prize 2022 Exhibition, ACEARTS, Somerton

2022 - Insect Odyssey, Salisbury Museum, Salisbury

2022 - Doublethink, APT Gallery, London

2022 – Tapestry: changing concepts, City Art Centre, Edinburgh

2021 - Connect, The Vanner Gallery, Salisbury

2021 – The house protects the dreamer, Safehouse 2, Maverick Projects, London

2021 – Monument, Groving project curated by Barbara Dougan, Bury St Edmunds

2021 - Aesthetica Art Prize 2021 finalist, York Art Gallery, York

2021 - Pyramid Open Show 2021 online exhibition selected prize winning artist

2020 - You Are Here, Online Exhibition awarded Curators’ award

2020 - 168 Annual Open Exhibition, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2020 - The Domes­tic — end of Res­i­den­cy exhibition,The Garage, Bristol

2020 - 30/30, Online project organised by 12ø and supported by Artquest.

2020 - Housebound, Online exhibition organised by CAS and curated by  Susan Francis

2019 - Oxygen selected for Open Projection 3: Chiaroscuro, Coventry Cathedral

2019 - Drawn, The Young Gallery, Salisbury

2019 - 167 Annual Open Exhibition, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2019 - Evolver Prize 2019 Exhibition, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton

2019 - Open studios Spike Island, Print Studio exhibition, Bristol

2019 - 36 Exposures: Fringe Arts Bath FaB19.

2018 - Cicatrix Imprimé: Atelier Circulaire Gallery in Montreal, Canada

2018 - Cicatrix: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon

2018 - 166 Annual Open Exhibition, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2018 - Cicatrix: Black Swan Arts, Frome

2018 - Visions of Science Art Prize, The Andrew Brownsword Gallery, Bath

2018 - Cicatrix: Call and Response, The Cells at Town Halls Arts, Trowbridge

2017 - Curiosities, Air Gallery, Altrincham

2017 - 165 Annual Open Exhibition, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2017 - Beyond the Archives, Salisbury International Arts Festival, Salisbury Cathedral Medieval Library

2017 -  Cicatrix at Spring Arts, Havant

2016 – Captain’s Cabinet, b-side multimedia arts festival, Portland, Dorset

2016 – Cicatrix – Call & Response, Salisbury International Arts Festival

2015 - The Plant Project, The Young Gallery, Salisbury

2015 -  Rockpools, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, Manchester 

2014 - Binocular Vision. b-side multimedia arts festival, Portland, Dorset 

2014 - Cicatrix, Touring, The Atrium County Hall, Trowbridge, The Young Gallery, Salisbury and The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham

2014 - National Memory - Local Stories, National Portrait Gallery, London and The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum, The Close, Salisbury

2014 - Lost  An artistic archaeology of the recent past, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury    

2013 - Cabinet of Curiosity, Room of Wonder, Borough Museum and Art Gallery, Newcastle-Under-lyme

2013 - Collision , Nancy Victor Gallery, London

2013 - Void Open 2013, Hoxton, London

2012 - On The Map, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Hastings

2012 - Playing Games, The Point, Eastleigh

2011 - Elements, Wellcome Collection, London

2011 - Made To Last, Cathedral Cloisters, Salisbury

2011 - The Secret Language of Flowers, Andipa Contemporary, London

2011 - Unearthed, Warton House, Olympic Delivery Authority, London

2010 - Stroud International Textiles 2010, Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire

2009 - The Open West, Summerfield Gallery and Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

2007 - Arts Unwrapped , Space Morning Lane, London

2006 - Journals, Ale & Porter Gallery, Bradford-on-Avon

2006 - Selected Artist, The Art of Words, Fairfields Arts Centre, Basingstoke

2005 - Open Desk, Ragged School Museum, London

2004 - The Home Ideal Show, Hotbath Gallery, Bath

2004 - Trace of Memory, Drumcroon Gallery, Wigan

2003 - Metamorphosis, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

2001 - Handbag, City Gallery, Leicester; Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, Cheltenham; McManus Gallery, Dundee

2000 - A Sense of Occasion, Craftspace Touring, Birmingham; Harley Gallery, Notts; Cheltenham Art Gallery, Cheltenham; Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford; The Design Centre, Barnsley; The Bowes Museum, County Durham; 20-20 One, Scunthorpe; Welfare State International

2000 - Colle Verde - Residency, Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh, Southampton

1999 - Subverted Suburbia, Gracefields Arts Centre, Dumfries, and toured around Britain for a year

1998 - In Dent, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud 1997 - Art In Boxes, Southampton City Art Gallery

1997 - Pull Up A Chair, Scunthorpe Museum and Art Gallery

1996 - Sitting Pretty, Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery

1994 - Eastend Open Studios in Association with the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

1994 - National Print Exhibition, The Art Gallery, Scarborough

1994 - Paper Works, City Museum and Gallery, Plymouth

1994 - The First John Jones Open, John Jones Gallery, London

1993 - A Month Of Miniatures, New End Theatre Gallery, London

1993 - Open Mini Print Exhibition, London Print Workshop

1992 - Fundraising Exhibition, Geffrye Museum, London

1991 - Borders Biennial Competition, Tweeddale Museum, Scotland

1990 - McGrigor Donald Sculpture Prize, Exhibited at Glasgow, Edingburgh, London

1990 - Young Printmakers of the Year Awards, CCA Galleries, Bath, Farnham and Cambridge

Workshops & Talks

2021 – Chairing artists talk for Ground Collective at APT, London

2019 - Navigating Difficult Ground presentation: 2019 WW1 Engagement Centres Festival Shared Heritage - Legacies of the First World War, Queens University, Belfast, funded by the AHRC.

2017 -  Symposium Animating the ArchivesSalisbury International Arts Festival, Salisbury Museum

2017 - Workshops with Wiltshire College Salisbury Foundation Diploma Art and Design student for Beyond the Archives exhibition part of Animating the ArchivesSalisbury 

2017 - Cicatrix sculpture workshop at Spring Arts, Havant

2015 - Cicatrix participatory mono-printing workshop at Trowbridge Arts Centre

2009 - Casting Workshop, Northampton Museum and Gallery, Northampton

2009 - Casting workshop , Sir William Romney School , Tetbury, Gloucestershire


2024 - Mass Sculpture Residency, Thames-Side Studios, London

2023 – GroundWork Residency, Kings Lynn, Norfolk

2020 - Res­i­den­cy with artists Esmé Clutterbuck & Emma Gregory, The Garage, Bristol

2015/2016 - Residency, Brisons Veor, Cape Cornwall

2013 - National Memory - Local Stories, National Portrait Gallery in association with The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum, Salisbury and London funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation

2013 - Residency, Brisons Veor, Cape Cornwall

2000 - Awarded Residency, 'Colle Verde', Italy, Southern Arts

Public commissions

2020 - Touch-me-not commissioned by Procreate Project and supported by Arts Council England

2017 - Beyond the Archives, Salisbury International Arts Festival project: Animating the Archives, funded by Heritage lottery

2016 – Captain’s Cabinet, b-side multimedia arts festival, Portland, Dorset

2016 - Call & Response, Salisbury International Arts Festival

2015 - Rockpools, 1-0 Micro-Commission, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, Manchester

2004 - The Grandmother's Cupboard, The Hotbath Gallery, Bath

2000 - 'Birthwake', Craftspace Touring Exhibition

1999 - '10 Veils', Gracefield Arts Centre, Scotland

1999 - '5 Language Gloves' (installation), Ewing, New York

1998 - '12 Handbags' (installation), Anastasia Alexander, London

Competitions, prizes and awards

2023 - RWA 170 Annual Open Exhibition prize winner - Evolver Cover Award

2023 – a-n Artists Bursaries

2023 - CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #19

2021 - Finalist in Aesthetica Art Prize 2021, York Art Gallery, York

2018 – Funding & Support from Australian, Canadian and New Zealand Embassies

2018 - Arts Council England and British Council Artists’ international development fund - Montreal, Canada 

2017 - Havant Borough Council exhibition funding

2016 - Awarded a-n Travel Bursary - Montreal, Canada

2014 - Awarded Area Boards Grants from Trowbridge and Salisbury Councils  

2013 - Grants for the Arts, Arts Council, England 

2009 - Grants for the Arts (Individuals) Arts Council, England , Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Northampton

2004 - Grant for the arts (individuals), Arts Council, England

2003 - Project funding, Juliet Gomperts Trust, England

2000 - Awarded Development Funding (Investment in Individuals), Southern Arts

1985 - Awarded Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarship

1984 - Awarded Andrew Grant Travel Scholarship, New York

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