Rural Utopias is a multi-year program of residencies and socially engaged art in regional and remote Western Australian communities.
The program focuses on the idea of "Rural Utopias" and includes 12 artists from across Australia. As part of this program artist Tim Burns is working in the community of York. Over the course of his residency, the artist has been drawing on community interactions, histories, print techniques, experimental and collaborative working methodologies to develop a collection of stories with the York community. The resulting work will be shared with the York community at Gallery 152, and in a series of walks at the Gwambygine quarry.
Tim Burns has had long and productive associations with artist-led groups and organisations since 1970. With an experimental practice that has seen his work placed internationally including New York, London, Tokyo, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Fremantle. Now based in York, he represents artists that battle through a calling where one will often sacrifice a lot in life to stay true to the rigours of one's practice.