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Parallel Practices: Pauline Burbidge and Charles Poulsen

School of Art & Design Research Lectures 2020

Pauline Burbidge Charles Poulsen Two Images of Artwork

In this presentation, Pauline Burbidge and Charles Poulsen will talk about their annual Open Studio event and its importance to their careers and will individually talk about their work, their differences and similarities.

  • From: Wednesday 11 March 2020, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 11 March 2020, 2 pm
  • Location: Newton 52A/52B, Nottingham Trent University, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham NG1 4FQ,
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Pauline Burbidge and Charles Poulsen have lived and worked in the Scottish Borders since 1993, holding an annual Open Studio where they live at Allanbank Mill Steading. This four-day event held in early August attracts over 1000 visitors to their studios and magical garden.

In this presentation, the artists will talk about their Open Studio and its importance to their careers and will individually talk about their work, their differences and similarities.

Drawing is at the heart of their making. Drawing with paper, pencil, wax and gouache, with oil stick, stitching and cloth.

Pauline and Charles have held many joint exhibitions the first being at the Angel Row gallery Nottingham called Joining Forces (1993) and the most recent, Songs for Winter (2017/18) was held at Edinburgh's City Art Centre. They are currently planning a touring exhibition, due to open at The Ruthin Craft Centre, North Wales, in 2022.


Pauline Burbidge is a textile artist, designer / quiltmaker working with drawing, stitch, collage and print. She has been making her one-off unique pieces over a long career developed since the mid-1970s after studying fashion/textiles at St Martin's Art College, London. She has many works in museums, such as The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester and The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, UK and The International Quilt Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Exhibitions include Quiltscapes (2016) The International Quilt Museum, University of Nebraska, USA and Quiltscapes & Quiltline (2015/16)The Bowes Museum, Co Durham, and The Ruthin Craft Centre, North Wales, UK.

Charles Poulsen makes large-scale (150cm sq) gestural, expressionist drawings as well as sculpture and ‘growing sculpture’. His career spans over 35 years after studying BA Fine Art at Loughborough College of Art (1983) and MA at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham (1986). He contributed to Exploring Modern Scottish Sculpture at Marchmont House in September 2019, and has many ongoing sculpture projects with Marchmont House. Recent solo exhibitions include, Charles Poulsen DRAWINGS (2019)Messums, Wiltshire and Gridations (2019) Angear Visitor Centre, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, UK.


Further Information

This seminar will be hosted by Dr Katherine Townsend, Associate Professor in Fashion and Textile Crafts and the location is Newton 52A/B

Attendance at this event is free and online registration is not required. For any queries, please contact Dr Katherine Townsend.

Image credit: Charles Poulsen (left) and Pauline Burbidge (right)

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Newton 52A/52B
Nottingham Trent University
Shakespeare Street
Nottingham NG1 4FQ

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