Bideford Black: The Next Generation


Flow Contemporary Arts are working at the Burton Art Gallery in Devon on the Bideford Black: the next generation project, delivering new works by 11 artists and one film maker. The finished works will be accessioned into the museum collection.

Dirt & diamonds, scents & sounds…….the Bideford Black Next Generation exhibition offers a fresh perspective on this enduring material. The artists have created distinctive new works for future generations to enjoy.

The full film will be shown in the gallery, sharing a record of the artists research, a privileged glimpse of how artists work. If you haven’t already done so, watch the film trailer below:


Bideford Black Film Trailer

Expect to see, hear, touch, smell something different – videos, sounds, scents, sculptures, cosmetics and witty feminist poetry about Bideford Black

This exhibition at the Burton gallery provides a surprising take on a traditional material. Eleven artists and a film-maker have created new artworks using this unique black coal – and some of the works will join the gallery’s permanent collection for future generations to explore, providing a legacy for the art of today…

Bideford Black: The Next Generation

Burton Art Gallery and Museum
2pm on 3rd October – runs until 13 November
Kingsley Road, Bideford EX39 2QQ

Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm.
Sunday 10.30am – 4pm.

Associated Events:
Talk and Tour, 3 October, 2pm
Carolyn Black, Claire Gulliver, Project Managers and Warren Collum, Exhibition and Collections Officer, opens the exhibition with an informal talk at the Preview.

Monotyping using Bideford Black with Grizel Luttman-Johnson
Saturday 24 October 10am-4pm
Making one-off prints by drawing on paper laid over plates inked with Bideford Black pigment in an oil based medium.

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