Approved: 16.08.2006

Antoinette Burchill

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Researcher, Writer

Approved: 16.08.2006

Antoinette Burchill is a visual artist, performer, interdisciplinary mischief-maker and academic. Her practice-based research investigates participatory and politicised dissent in order to explore politicised conflict and contribute to the field of art and the public sphere. 

Read more ...


Artist Statement

Antoinette Burchill is a visual artist, performer, interdisciplinary mischief-maker and academic. Her practice-based research investigates participatory and politicised dissent in order to explore politicised conflict and contribute to the field of art and the public sphere. 

Artforms include guerrilla/street theatre, visual art, interventions, editions and publications, interdisciplinary collaborative practices, and socially engaged projects that prioritise the voices and roles of participants.

Her form of politicised mischief is playful, defiant and acts to engage participants. She situates mischief in relation to power to avoid the victim/victor dynamic - for example in April Fools’ Day pranks - and instead develops mischief as a form of solidarity with collaborators and participants. The performances instigate disruptive and often ludic dialogues with publics and participants with the intention of developing politicised disagreement. A strategy of beguiling discomfort enables the works she create to permeate, rather than to confront, and to blur the boundaries between political dissent and everyday life.

Burchill’s practice-based PhD Exploring Agonism with Mischief: Participatory Performance in the Public Realm (2018, Loughborough University) questioned Chantal Mouffe’s application of agonism to art practice by investigating agonism through mischievous guerrilla street theatre. 

CV & Education

2020. Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, Advance HE.
2019. PhD Politicised Street Theatre, Loughborough University, UK. 
2013. MA Art and the Public Sphere (Distinction) Loughborough University, UK. 
2008. PRINCE2 - Foundation, Raj Khanna Associates, Derby. 
2000. Artists in Educational Settings, Post Graduate Certificate, University of Derby, UK.
1998. BA(Hons) Fine Art, University of Derby, UK.

Guerrilla Performances 
2019. No More War, protest walk and choir, PPRG, Loughborough, UK
2015. Freckled Mischief, London, (Hackney; London Fields), UK.
2015. Freckled Mischief, Leicester University, UK.
2015. Freckled Mischief, Derby, UK.
2013. The Delegates, London (Dalston; City of London), UK.
2013. The Delegates, Bath, UK.
2012. The Delegates, Bath, UK.
2012. The Delegates, Derby, UK.
2012. The Delegates, Nottingham, UK.
2011. The Delegates, Derby, UK.
2011. The Delegates, Kendal, UK.
1995. Chocolate Chillies, Cardiff Art in Time Festival, Cardiff, UK.

Street Theatre Performances
2015. Freckled Mischief, Derby Festé, Derby, UK.
2013. The Delegates, Mintfest International Festival of Street Arts, Kendal.
2013. The Delegates, Devizes International Street Arts Festival, UK.
2013. The Delegates, Bedlam Fair, Bath Fringe Festival, Bath, UK.
2012. The Delegates, Derby Festé, Derby.
2012. The Delegates, Widcombe Rising, Bath.
2012. The Delegates, Masquepony Festival, Lakes Alive, Cumbria.
2012. The Delegates, The Banquet Tour [5 locations], Lakes Alive, Cumbria.
2011. The Delegates, Derby Festé, Derby.
2011. The Delegates, Mintfest International Festival of Street Arts, Kendal.

Live Art Performances (solo, interdisciplinary, collaborative)
2020. Stitching Solidarity, online events, International participants.
2016. Market Town Lecture, Loughborough University Arts, UK
2013. The Fool King, Public Communications: Art, Politics, Public Sphere research group,   Loughborough University.
2010. Ms Mischief and the Raffle of Shame, COGmachine, Bar One, Derby.
2010. Synaesthesia Performance, Derby Big Draw, Derby.
2010. Synaesthesia Performance, Sonic Asylum, The Edge, Birmingham.
2007. A Drawing in 6 Movements, Derby Jazz Festival, Derby Dance, Derby.
2007. DJ Stories & Spanners: Mischief Night soundtrack, Derby Festé, Derby.
2007. Ms Mischief presents: The Mischief Night narrative, City-Zen, Derby.
2007. Ms Mischief presents: The Mischief Night narrative, Hurly Burly, Derby.
2007. Synaesthesia performance, Trigger, Derby QUAD, Derby.
2007. Visualizing Pinski Zoo, Derby Jazz, Assembly Rooms, Derby.
2006. Synaesthesia performance, City-Zen, Derby.
2006. Synaesthesia performance, Critical Meet Festival, Derby.
2006. Synaesthesia performance, Draycott Festival, Derbyshire.
2009. Ms. Mischief presents: SpudOrrery, Derby Festé, Deda, Derby.
2009. Ms. Mischief presents: SpudOrrery, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derby.
2008. DJ Stories & Spanners presents: HOME Trajectory, soundtrack, HOME launch, Derby.
2008. Ms Mischief presents: The Carrot Questions, HOME launch, Big Blue, Derby.

Group exhibitions 
2019. Re-Imagining Citizenship Activity Book, European Cultural Centre Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Italy.
2019. Re-Re-Imagining Citizenship, LU Arts Gallery, Loughborough University.
2018. Re-Imagining Citizenship, LU Arts Gallery, Loughborough University.
2013. The MA Degree Show, Loughborough University. 
2012. Games People Play, Embrace Arts, Leicester.
2012. Games People Play, The Atrium Gallery, The ICCA, Nottingham. 
2012. Midlands Open, Tarpey Gallery, Leicestershire. 
2011. Card Deal, Artcore, Deda, Derby. 
2011. Card Deal, Artcore, Departures Gallery, East Midlands Airport. 
2011. Games People Play, Artcore, Deda, Derby. 
2010. Bon Voyage, Artlink, Hull. 
2010. Mail Art, Tron Theatre Gallery, Glasgow. 
2010. Showcase, Salford Zine Library, Manchester. 
2009. Don't Stop Believing, Derby Quad, Derby. 
2009. Open Books, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby. 
2009. The 2nd Sheffield Artists' Book Prize Exhibition, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield. 
2007. Dreamscapes, Ridgeway Gallery, Bakewell, Derbyshire. 
2006. Dreamscapes, Melbourne Arts Festival, Derbyshire. 
2005. Leicester Open, Leicester City Gallery, Leicester. 
2004. Dreamscapes, Open Exhibition, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derby. 
2004. Virtual Collect 7: Painters, St. Marys Gallery, Nottingham.
2003. Pools of Colour, Wirksworth Festival, Wirksworth, Derbyshire. 
1997. Fine Art Degree Show, University of Derby.
1995. OUTPOST, [intervention] Venice Biennale, Italy.

Solo exhibitions 
2010. Dreamscapes, Air Arts, Derby Royal Hospital. 
2007. Dreamscapes, Deda, Derby. 
2006. Dreamscape Paintings, Gallery S, Matlock, Derbyshire. 
2005. Dreamscapes, Banks' Mill Gallery, Derby. 
1998. The Dough Key, Derby City Live Festival, Derby. 
1995. Vending Machine, [interventions], University of Derby.
1995. Current Happenings, [interventions], University of Derby.

Selected curatorial projects
2012. Light Relief: the autumn/winter 2012 season, Royal Derby Hospital.
2012. The Village Green Stage, Pedal Powered Party. Cultural Olympiad, Derby.
2011. Derby: City of Invention, Derby city centre. Empty Shops & billboards, Derby.
2010. COGmachine, Bar One, Derby.

2019. ‘Let’s reimagine political solidarity’. In Dalmasso, F., Kinna, R., & Whiteley, G. (eds.). Re-Imagining Citizenship Activity Book. pp.13-15 Loughborough, Politicised Practice/Anarchist/Theatre & Performance Research Groups UK.
2013. Shrinkles of Dissent, [Artists Book], UrbanSelkie, UK.
2009. Ms. Mischief presents: Ms. Mischief's quest for the Golden Fleece, [Limited edition, multiple], UK.

Selected competitions, prizes, and awards 
2015. Enterprise Projects Group/HEIF Enterprise & Research funding, Loughborough University, Loughborough. 
2015. Street theatre commission, Derby Festé.
2013. Creative Student Award, Loughborough University, Loughborough. 
2013. PhD Studentship (3-years), School of the Arts, Loughborough University, Loughborough.
2013. Arts Grant, Bath & North East Somerset County Council, Bath. 
2013. Bedlam Fair: performance & peer review bursary, Bath Fringe Festival; Arts Council England, Bath.  
2012. Graduate School Prize, Loughborough University, Loughborough. 
2011. MA Scholarship (Art and the Public Sphere), School of the Arts, Loughborough University. 
2011. Mintfest Bursary (EMDA), Mintfest Summer School for Street Arts, Kendal.