Natalie Burns

Saturday 19 May to Saturday 16 June

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm (and during evening events)



Opening day preview and meet-the-artist:

Saturday 19 May, 2pm to 4pm - all welcome to come along and see the exhibition, meet Natalie and find out more about the ideas and inspiration behind the art.

Natalie is a poet and artist from Whitehaven. Her work is usually based around the landscape that she has grown up in. This new work is her first exploration of collage and is a collective work of remembrance, personal and private reflection built on the themes of found objects, collections and archivism.



Artist's statement:

To begin with there was no plan to make art. 


I was in the process of helping to empty my parents' house after my father’s death. It was a difficult job full of pain but also surprises and many distractions as cupboards were emptied and treasures discovered. My Dad was a hoarder, a similarity we share and there was a lot of paper based material like postcards, calendars, stamps and leaflets and many photographs. I created my first square from photographs of my parents. Other squares followed and it began to take shape as a diary of 2017.


So here are 100 squares, all created from paper based material that I have found or picked up in 2017 at events, have arrived in junk mail or been donated by artists that have been enthused by my project.



Natalie will be holding a series of workshops to accompany this exhibition and booking is now open:


Thursday 7 June and Thursday 14 June

10.30am to 12noon / 1pm to 2.30pm

Special midweek workshops for schools.


Natalie will be demonstrating her callage techniques and pupils are invited to bring their own favourite images, magazines, postcards, stamps, birthday cards, wrapping paper, old comics or photos and any old scraps of coloured paper to add to what we will provide. If you are a school who would like ot bring a class to any of the four workshops please email to book your slot.


Sunday 10 June, 11am to 1pm

Open to all.


Bring your own personal memorabilia - stamps, postcards, birthday cards, photographs etc - or choose from our stash of magazines to create your own paper-based material collage, taking inspiration from Natalie's 100 Squares exhibition. Places are free but limited - booking is advised.

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