Wayne Burrows is a writer, though in recent years that term has become increasingly elastic, incorporating short film using found materials, performance, online activity and an archive of visual works on paper by an entirely fictional artist, Robert Holcombe, imagined to have been active between the years 1948 and 1982. The first two solo exhibitions of Holcombe’s fabricated works were presented at Syson Gallery (Dec 2013 – Jan 2014) and Xero Kline & Coma (Feb – Mar 2014).
He has delivered many talks, workshops and discussions at Nottingham Contemporary, including a Writing East Midlands ‘Write Here’ residency in 2011, working with local communities in response to the Jack Goldstein and Anne Collier exhibitions. During 2013, he collaborated with composer Hilary Nicholls to write a choral work for the Britten in Oxford festival and was one of the artists commissioned to make new work for Make Believe, a group exhibition curated by Deborah Dean and Yasmin Canvin at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery in the summer of 2013.
He has devised performances, events and readings, made short films, and written widely on visual arts, film, music and performance for newspapers, magazines and online platforms, most recently as a contributor to Nottingham Visual Arts magazine, and with Hatch: Back, a forum for online documentation of the activities of Hatch, the main Live Art and new theatre platform for the East Midlands.
Since 2008 he has worked as a writer, tutor, editor and performer with many regional and national organizations, including NADFAS, Crystal Clear Creators, EMVAN, Nottingham Castle, Staple Magazine, NTIC, The Literary Consultancy, Nottinghamshire Hospice, Writing East Midlands, Left Lion and Nottingham Writers’ Studio. Currently in development are a collection of versions after Polish, Czech and Slovak popular song lyrics of the 1960s and 70s and a project using the Robert Holcombe archive as a lens through which to examine identity in collaboration with New Art Exchange.
A Cycle of Songs from the Body’s Interior (Shoestring, 2014)
The Disappearances & The Peel Street Codex in A Box of Things (Sidelong, 2014)
Wood & Ink (Shoestring, 2013)
Marine: A Story in Eight Objects (Nottingham Castle, 2013)
Spirit Wrappings: Notes on the Rashleigh Jackson Family Collection (Nottingham Contemporary, 2012)
The Apple Sequence (Orchard Editions, 2011)
Emblems (Shoestring, 2009)
Marginalia (Peterloo, 2001)
Marine: A Story in Eight Objects (Remixed) (2013)
Five Apple Songs (2013)
The Social Media Takeaway Language Commercial (2013)
Film Strip: 1966 (2012)
The Serendipity Loops (2012)
The Serendipity Project (Archive and Found Materials Site)
Eastern Bloc Songs (Material concerning popular music in former Communist states)
Write Here At Nottingham Contemporary (Documentation of a Spring 2011 Writing Residency)
A further miscellaneous gathering of links to online material, mainly interviews, criticism and writings on visual arts, literature and performance, can be found here.