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  1. Tom Burrows, Mudflat Sculptures, 1969
    gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist.

Tom Burrows

January 9-April 12, 2015

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 8, 8-10 pm

ARTIST TALK with Tom Burrows: Saturday, January 10 at 1:30 pm

CONVERSATIONS: January 29 and February 27, 1-2 pm

CONCERT WITH UBC CONTEMPORARY PLAYERS: Friday, March 6, 2-3 pm Watch the Concert

SPATIAL POLITICS AND CITY SYMPOSIUM: Friday, March 27, 1-5:30 pm at the Liu Institute for Global Issues Watch the Symposium

[+] Free Courtesy Bus during opening reception

The exhibition by Vancouver/Hornby Island artist Tom Burrows presents work by the artist from his early career to the present. The exhibition is a timely refocusing of attention on an artist who has made an immense contribution to the development of art in Vancouver, not only as an artist but as an educator and activist as well—in 1975 he received a United Nations commission to document squatters communities in Europe, Africa and Asia, a work that is now in the Belkin’s collection. Burrows first rose to prominence in the late-1960s and was included in several exhibitions at the UBC Fine Arts Library, an institution that was seminal in encouraging Vancouver’s growing and now vibrant art community. Burrows’ work, which demonstrates an interest in process and new materials, has encompassed a number of disciplines including sculpture, early performance art, video, painting and iconic hand-built houses on the Maplewood Mudflats and Hornby Island. Currently most well known for his innovative monochromatic cast resin “paintings/sculptures” produced during the last forty-five years, this exhibition examines the full breadth of his career with works from the Belkin’s permanent collection and others borrowed from the artist, collectors and public institutions.

Burrows has had solo exhibitions in London, Rome, Tokyo, Berlin, New York, Edinburgh and across Canada. His work is included in private, corporate and public collections in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

A forthcoming catalogue to accompany the exhibition with essays by Scott Watson and Ian Wallace will be published in the spring.

For more information about Tom Burrows, read his blog here.

For more information about Tom Burrows’ 1975 research into squatting and homelessness, download his essays Dialogue on the Squatters’ Movement and Composite Dialogue on Third World Housing.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Vancouver Foundation, the British Columbia Arts Council and our Belkin Curator’s Forum members.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689