Resume

 

Personal work: www.mburtonphoto.com
Curating: www.backyardbackyard.com

Born in London. Lives and works in London.
Education: Winchester School of Art BA (hons) Fine Art

Artist Statement

I am a community-based portrait photographer with a Fine Arts (painting) background. I use a conceptual approach to address social issues and the themes that regularly surface in my work are transformation and community cohesion.

My work is rooted within my local neighbourhood and the relationships I have developed across the many different communities and Faith Groups within East London.

I am inspired by the energy and the diversity of people that live around me. My work has a particular focus on portraying vulnerable people in a dignified manner.

I am also committed to supporting other photographers and artists. I co-founded Backyard, cialis 40mg an online photography magazine, capsule which promotes projects and art made close to home.

Selected Recent and Upcoming Exhibitions

(Solo exhibitions unless noted otherwise.)

From Poland to Waltham Forest. Vestry House Museum, adiposity London. 30th May – 14th June 2015

The re-birth of Gnome House. Gnome House, 2nd May – 29th May 2015

Mossbourne architecture club. A film, shown at “Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out” September 21 2013, The Royal Academy, London

Emmaus Lambeth 2013: A Year of Change. Fairfax House, Lambeth July 15 – August 15 2013

The 2012 Torch Relay in Waltham Forest. Group show. September 2 – 16 2012 Tokarska Gallery, E17

Image17’s Taking Part. Group show. March – September 2012: multiple venues in Waltham Forest

Active Witness. Group show. July 19 – September 9 2011 Work from Guests & Volunteers selected by Simon Baker, Curator of Photography and International Art at Tate Modern to take part in an exhibition at the European Commission’s 12 Star Gallery in London. My work represented the UK in a show with 27 photographers from the 27 EU countries.

Guests & Volunteers: Portraits from the Crisis Night Shift. Tokarska Gallery, London June 3 – June 18 2011

Selected Recent Commissions

From Poland to Waltham Forest (2014 – 2015) Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund

This major commission is creating a community archive of stories and images tracing the Polish experience in East London, from the 1840’s to the present day. I am creating portraits of 15 Polish people interviewed for the project and leading workshops to train volunteers to help curate the final exhibition.

Artists Taking Part (2012) Commissioned by London Borough of Waltham Forest

I was recognized as a world class, locally based artist and commissioned to create a photographic Visual Time Capsule of the major cultural and Olympic related events within Waltham Forest in 2012. This ambitious community project included recruiting a team of volunteer participants from across the community, working in partnership with schools, voluntary groups, faith groups and other artists, running a series of workshops, encouraging the volunteers to create images from their perspective and curating a group exhibition.

Mossbourne Architecture Club (2012) Commissioned by The British Council

I was commissioned make a film tracing the developing partnership between world renowned Architects Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners and Mossbourne Community Academy, a school in Hackney, East London.
Using sound and images I recording the experiences of the students, teachers and visiting architects. This film was part of The International Architecture and Design Showcase 2012, the British Council’s contribution to the Cultural Olympiad.

Taking Part: Commission by the London Borough of Waltham Forest (2011 – 2012)

I contributed to an inspirational and diverse portfolio of photographs which were the result of a year-long collaboration by Image 17, a group of 13 Waltham Forest photographers. We documented 48 community sports teams and groups and created a collection of 144 celebratory images, showing the breadth of sports available and the commitment of staff and volunteers in our community.
My perspective for this project was to photograph people not often represented in sports photography. I therefore developed relationships with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme which enabled me to work with senior citizens and two groups of adults with learning needs.

Voluntary Action Waltham Forest (2011-2012)

This commission was awarded in 2011 and renewed in 2012. For two years I was commissioned to document voluntary groups within the Waltham Forest. This required broad engagement with a diverse range of community groups. A highlight was photographing in several different Mosques and Temples where I needed to use a respectful approach that built trust and allow me to create a rare collection of images.

Curating with Backyard Magazine

In 2011 I co-founded Backyard an online photography magazine that showcases the work of photographers who love to explore and capture their neighborhoods.

We have published 4 issues, included over 60 photographers work and collaborated with institutions such as the State Library of Queensland and The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

Backyard magazine is run on a voluntary basis and is my way of supporting other photographers and artists whose work may not otherwise be seen by national and internationals audiences.

Other Website Links

Backyard Magazine
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