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Now, we can forgive you for thinking that PVC Strip Curtains are a little bit boring – we live and breathe them everyday and we are passionate about them, but we know that not everyone shares our love for them! So, imagine how excited we were when the lovely Victoria Burgher recently contacted us with the purpose of purchasing some plastic PVC door curtains to use in her art installation in Beak Street, Soho.
Victoria is an artist, artist educator and production journalist, who is currently the artist educator for the Bow Arts Trust. The Bow Arts Trust aim is to support community renewal in East London by delivering Arts and Creative services through a financially sustainable model. The education programme run by The Bow Arts Trust offers employment opportunities to artists in East London that allows them to pay their bills whilst also developing their creative skills. In 1998, The Bows Art Trust was lucky enough to receive an Arts Council England grant, which contributed towards the founding of the Nunnery Art Gallery and the employment of a member of staff to co-ordinate the education work. At present, The Bow Arts Trust operates a number of studios across East London and house around 400 artists across 8 workspaces.
Victoria herself, has an extensive background in the world of art having completed a Diploma in Fine & Applied Arts at the London Metropolitan University in 2005, followed by a BA Hons in Ceramics (First Class) at the University of Westminster in 2006. She then went on to complete a PG Diploma in Fine Art at the Wimbledon College of Art in 2009 followed by a MA in Art & Politics at Goldsmiths College in 2014. Victoria has been exhibiting as an Artist since 2006, and was awarded the Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Award in 2010.
Victoria’s work tends to focus on contemporary political issues, with meaning being referenced through her choice of materials and how she employs them as part of her piece. Often taking the site, space or situation as her starting point, Victoria will use a process and the chosen substance to translate, reinterpret and embody the voices that she feels emanate from the space. Drawn to everyday materials and ephemeral outcomes, her interest lies in creating a larger whole and an environment that is participated in rather than just viewed. You can see her work on her website – http://victoriaburgher.com
This is where her choice of PVC Strip Curtains comes in, in her recent piece entitled “Cell”. For many people a cell represents somewhere they cannot escape from – but the use of plastic PVC door curtains means that it is actually very easy to walk in and out of the space.
Although the PVC Strip Curtains create a barrier from the world outside, that is obviously useful in many industrial settings, the very nature of them makes them easy for pedestrians and traffic to enter and exit. Victoria’s choice of PVC Roll for her work, means that people can view the cell from the outside, but then push through the curtains and enter the interior as well – looking in from the outside and then out from the inside.
But, what has this got to do with PVC Door Curtains in the real world, you might ask? Well it just goes to show that they are versatile, flexible and adaptable to many uses! For more information about our plastic curtains, including Polar Grade and Anti-Microbial, please call us on 0333 999 7171 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org