In Doug Burton's work the visceral manipulation of matter and the capturing of the world around us as an entity suspended within time are central to his ideas. His work questions our relationship to the material world and the trace we leave. Burton uses a sculptural language of casting, imprinting and morphing to bring together materials from both the physical and digital spheres. His work responds to Manuel De Landa's text  'A thousand years of nonlinear history' which extends his interest in the way structures evolve, opening up a continuum that places us within the time/matter stream.

Doug Burton is Programme Leader for Creative Arts and Drawing at the Open College of the Arts, a distance learning arts college which has recently merged with the University for the Creative Arts. Burton has created and continues to manage the interdisciplinary Creative Arts BA degree which reflects his own approach to making and thinking. The degree emphasises a critical and practical view of the arts in its widest form and engagement with our current world. Burton also leads the new Drawing BA degree, one of only three other drawing courses in the country. The course highlights the importance of drawing as a distinctive creative subject within current arts practice.




Born UK 1975
Lives and Works in North Devon


1999-2002 Postgraduate Studies, Royal Academy Schools, London
1995-1998 BA Honours First Class Degree, Winchester School of Art
1993-1995 Art Foundation, Falmouth School of Art, Cornwall


2017  Paper presentation 'Slow Learning in Arts Education' at iJade conference, NCAD, Dublin
2014- Programme Leader BA (Hons) Creative Arts, Open College of the Arts / University for the Creative Arts
2014- Programme Leader BA (Hons) Drawing, Open College of the Arts / University for the Creative Arts
2012- Tutor in Sculpture, Drawing, Printmaking, Critical Theory, Open College of the Arts / University for the Creative Arts
2010-2011 Assistant Lecturer, Sculpture Foundation in Art and Design, Byam Shaw School of Art (part of Central Saint Martins)

Selected group and solo exhibitions:

Nov 2017 The Masters Monoprint Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London
Nov 2017 SW Group Exhibition, Old Brick Workshop, Wellington
Dec 2013 Alter//Shift//Control, Bermondsey Project Space, London, Group Show
Sept 2013 Futurefest, Shoreditch Town Hall, London, Nesta future reality symposium
Mar 2013 Drawn, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Selected Drawing Group Show
Jan 2013 Nesta, Selected Digital Image Installations, Nesta (National Endowments for Science Technology and the Arts) Head Offices, London
July 2012 Retrospex, Selected Group Show, Elevator Gallery, Hackney Wick, London
June 2012 Dangerous Curves Ahead, Selected Group Show, Bermondsey Project Space, London
Nov 2011 Animation Open, Selected Group Show, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury
June 2011 Doug Burton Sculptures, In association with VJB Arts and Hammerson PLC, 60 Threadneedle Street, London
June 2011 Connection Point London, Group Show curated by Edward Lucie Smith and Max Presneill, at SE1 Project Space London
Oct 2010 Visions, Selected Group Show, The Nunnery Gallery, London
July 2010 Continuum, Solo Show, Schwartz Gallery, London
June 2010 National Sculpture Prize 2010, Broomhill Sculpture Park, Devon, UK
Jan 2010 Print Now, London Art Fair, Islington Design Centre, London
Dec 2009 Trident Way 2: The Southall Project, Group Show organised by Departure Gallery in a 30'000sqft Warehouse, London
Oct 2009 Galileo, Galileo, Group show, Islington Arts Factory, London (Arts Council England, Royal Astronomical Society funded)
Apr 2009 The Shoe Horn, Group show, Crimes Town Gallery, London
Mar 2009 Hines Urban Gallery Showcase, Hines One Grafton Street Building Wrap, London
Dec 2008 Wonder Island, Group show, Schwartz Gallery, London
June 2008 Burton + Palmer, George Polke 2, London
Jan 2008 Morphology, Doug Burton and Nicky Hirst, Royal Academy Schools Gallery, London
May 2006 International Competition for Young Sculptors, Group show, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan, Italy
Oct 2004 Young Artists @ CERN, Group show, CERN, Geneva, Switz
Sept 2004 Institute of Education, Group show, London
April 2004 Frontier Land, Sculpture Space, Café Gallery Projects, London
Feb 2004 Intersection, Group show, House Gallery, Camberwell, London
July 2003 One Eye Open, Solo show, RBS Gallery, London
May 2003 Royal West of England Academy Open Sculpture, Bristol
Mar 2003 Pride of The Valley Sculpture Park, x2 Sited Sculptures
Jan 2003 14x14 Group show, Century Gallery, London
Sept 2001 Melancholia, Solo show, Warwick St Mary's Church, Crypt
Feb 2000 Group show, Jelly Leg'd Chicken Arts Centre, Reading
Dec 1999 Nooks and Crannies, Solo show, Wenlock Basin exhibition space (Supported by Edward Cullinan Architects, London)


2003 -Royal Society of British Sculptors Bronze Foundry Residency at the Phoenix Bronze Foundry, Basingstoke, Hampshire
2002 -Patricia Turner Award
-Henry Moore Bursary
2001 -Vincent Harris Award
-Henry Moore Bursary
2000 -Robin Hellar Moss Bursary
-Henry Moore Bursary

Research and Travel:

2009 "Galileo Galileo", Royal Astronomical Society Funded research, as part of International Year of Astronomy 2009
2004 Young Artist@CERN Research trip to CERN (European Centre for Research into Nuclear Physics), Geneva, Switzerland.
2002 Russia-China, research trip along Trans-Siberian railway
2001 India, research trip Bombay – Calcutta, March - May funded by Royal Academy Schools 'Premiums' award

Studio: Littleton Studios, North Devon