Sean Burn’s year-long residency at The New Art Gallery Walsall is coming to an end, with the grand finale taking place this Saturday, 26th February. He’ll be opening up the Artists’ Studio to all comers and inviting them to see his new work. The Open Studio will be from 12-2pm, and visitors are encouraged to pop in for a cuppa and a chat.
This event will be followed at 3.30pm by a new live performance by Burn, entitled Cracking Up, which will continue his explorations into language, visual puns and his own experiences of mental illness.
The theme of Burn’s residency has been developing his interest in reclaiming the ‘languages of lunacy’. He has also produced several interventions during his time in Walsall, including inviting visitors to ‘lose their marbles’ in a game with him.
Burn’s work also appears in the current exhibition, Life of the Mind: Love, Sorrow and Obsession, curated by Bob and Roberta Smith, as does that of Bobby Baker, who will be leading a tour of the exhibition with the ‘Smiths’. This takes place at 2pm and will complement the Open Studio event and live performance. For more information go to www.thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk.
Image credits: Sean Burn, Outside IN launch, The New Art Gallery Walsall, 2010; Sean Burn, not losing yr marbles, Outside IN launch, The New Art Gallery Walsall.