Williamson – VIDA!

Exhibition ImageVIDA! In Living Collage: the Life and Times of Emma Burrows
27 September –  09 November 2008
An eclectic collage homage to a much-missed Merseyside artist. Over 35 artists celebrate a life lived to the full.


Artists: Emma Burrows, Paul Needham, James Ireland, Adela Jones, Michaela Ross, Ray Carney, Vanessa Brooks Fisher, Anitha Darla, Marie-Anne McQuay, Phil Olsen, Gary White, Laura and Steve Pilgrim, Rachael Minton, Craig Andrews, Angela Watson, Roger Sinek, Madeleine Newman, Ross Clark, Laura Edwards, Vincent Lavell, Johanna Rylander, Peter Rylander, Cath Sissons, Kevin Linnane, Lee Halligan, Barney Britton, Sue Sharples, Vanessa Cuthbert, Louise Waller, Wendy Williams, Roz Vallejo, Jason Bold, Sarah Lowry, Catherine Orbach, Mike Kerslake, James Chapple, Joanne McClennan; Beth Harrison; Natalie Wilson; Ryan Peeney; Martin Greaves, John Borley, Susan Shaw, Daniel James

VIDA! explores the life and times of Merseyside artist Emma Vida Stardust Burrows, recalled in living collage by the extensive artistic community who came into contact with her. Em, who died in 2004 aged 27, was a talented artist, illustrator, educator and broadcaster, who worked with Tate Liverpool, Radio Merseyside, Liverpool Biennial, and North West Disability Arts Forum.

Featuring artists who have all lived, worked or studied in the region, VIDA! celebrates the impact, influence, inspiration and loss of this unique individual. Through collage, the show presents a community of artists, brought together through their association with Em, whose artistic practice includes fine art, illustration, graphic design, architecture, curating, performance art, installation, film, animation and photography. Reflecting Em’s own practice, collage is defined in both broad and conventional terms, encompassing traditional cut out and glue methods, sculptural assemblage or digital editing.

VIDA! explores close friendships, casual acquaintances, work-related encounters, student-tutor dynamics, and how one chance meeting or opportunity can connect a seemingly disparate group.