Burton-Up-On-Burton is an upcoming exhibition highlighting and inspired by the people, places and stories of Burton-upon-Trent. It is the inaugural exhibition in the newly established Fragile Centre for Contemporary Art.

The works on show will highlight the distinct character of the town from the artists varied perspectives.

Exhibition Schedule:
Private View: Thursday 5th Dec (ticket only)
Open View: Friday 6th Dec – Tuesday 10th Dec (10am – 2pm daily)
Huddle Together: Friday 6th Dec (6pm onwards)

Artist Bios:

Asra Ali
Having recently finished her Fine Art degree at De Montford University, Asra’s practice currently focuses on photography and mixed media. She has always had an interest in bringing attention to things that people tend to miss and enjoys showing them in a different light. She has been involved in fundraising for local causes and has produced commissioned works for De Montford University Innovation Centre.

Ken Banks
Ken Banks is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Birmingham. His practice includes paintings, photographs, videos, pen and ink drawings, collage, traditional prints and sculptures. His work documents the seen and the obscure, the “New” and the “Now” – mapping connections of what seems to be random works that feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections. It is his own typology, private, subjective and unfiltered. Ken works fast without contemplating the mark making, preferring this way of working, with sweeping movements documenting connections and energy.

Dom Biddulph
Dom Biddulph is a multidisciplinary artist. He graduated from Central Saint Martins (UAL) in 2017 and has since been developing his practice internationally. His recent work has delved into the inherent connection between memory and space, time and movement. He has worked professionally as a VFX and digital capture artist, working on numerous major feature films. He utilises both cutting edge digital imaging techniques and archaic, repurposed technology within his practice. He has recently established Fragile Centre for the Contemporary Arts in his home town of Burton-On-Trent.

Tasha Lowe
Tasha has lived and studied in Burton her whole life, she recently graduated with a BA honours n Fine Art at Staffordshire University whilst studying with Burton College. Her medium has changed over the years from graphite to pencil crayon, but now is focused on acrylic paints for their vibrant colours and ability to build up colour and texture. She has always been inspired by the stunning beauty and intricacy of nature and wildlife. Her work captures such details in its aesthetics of colour and light, adding originality and tranquillity to her pieces.

Michelle Strozykowski
Burton born and bred Michelle is an artist and filmmaker with a distinction in Foundation Fine Art and Film, and a degree in Photography, Film and Video. Her short films have been shown at numerous festivals and events including in Edinburgh, London and Germany. Her visual artwork is diverse, but with many recurring themes, particularly natural phenomena such as storms, clouds, volcanic rock formations, breaking waves, and sunrises/sets. She works mainly in oils in a style that’s semi-abstract/impressionistic, but imbued with a sense of balance, beauty and fluidity. 

Tom Voyce
Tom Voyce is an artist and art teacher currently based in the United Kingdom. Trained in Fine Art at Aberystwyth University in Wales, Tom gained his bachelor’s degree in 2011- specialising in drawing and painting. He completed a Master’s degree shortly afterwards allowing him to refine his practice while working and teaching in higher education. This also included a visit to China in 2014 where he taught life drawing and painting techniques. In 2017 Tom participated in Sky Arts Landscape artist of year, where his distinctive landscapes thrilled the judges, he went on to win the competition.

Tommy Xiao Ji
With a diverse range of experience Tommy’s background is in video production and photography. He has collaborated with an array musicians, artists and producers. With many projects under his belt, he has built a portfolio in AV installations, live performance (DJ & VJ) and music production. His audio production builds off his experience and passion for music and combines this with his unique visual perspectives to create AV pieces that range from contemplative and meditative to psychedelic and hypnotic.

Ajla Yi
Ajla Yi is an artist and filmmaker. She graduated from the Communication University of China, Beijing and now studies MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths University. Ajla’s work discusses the feminine, mythology, and the intersection between relics and futurism. She is interested in warping the sense of time in film, where she creates history through narratives, interweaving archaic entities with the dynamism of modern technology. She is now creating virtual worlds and explores the possibilities of unveiling the duplicity of our reality through these worlds. Her works have most recently been exhibited in Chicago, Berlin and London.