Melissa Burntown

Melissa Burntown is a Leeds-based artist, curator and researcher, whose practice aims to challenge object ontologies and the notion of being-in-the- world from de-anthropocentric perspectives. Working in a variety of media including sculpture, print, text and video; themes of landscape, survival, and ecology often feature in her work.

Melissa is currently working towards a Fine Art PhD at Newcastle University in collaboration with YVAN funded by Northern Bridge Consortium. Previously Melissa also completed a BA Fine Art & Critical Theory at Middlesex University (2008-2011) and an MA in Fine Art at the University

of Leeds (2013 – 2014). She has been involved in multiple artist-led projects since 2011, and in 2016 co-founded serf, an artist studios and project space in Leeds. Recent projects and exhibitions include: Things will feel different at the end of the world, (solo exhibition) serf, Leeds 2021; The desire to be part of a story…*, Yorkshire House, Index Festival, Leeds, July 2019; serf ‘n’ turf, Turf Projects, Croydon, February 2019; Hubris Nemesis Catastrophe, (solo exhibition), LIMBO, Margate, November 2017; General Studies (curated by Ryan Gander and Jonathan P Watts), Outpost Studios Gildengate House, Norwich, July, 2016.

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