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Diana Burch (b. London 1962) 
I have a socially engaged visual arts practice combining my studio work with community outreach.


I grew up in London and moved as a young adult to a small country town in Surrey . Over thirty years later, we are still here, surrounded by heath and woodland that we walk regularly and that inspires much of my work. Our daughters are now grown and have flown the nest.

With a background in graphic design, I ran my own freelance business for 14 years. When my children were very young I temporarily changed course,
re-training to work with children with a variety of special needs and in mainstream education. 

In 2015 I graduated from UCA with BA(Hons) in Fine Art.

Over the following years it has been my privilege to work with curators and commissioners of some extraordinary and varied programmes of work. Each has helped me to grow as an individual and as an artist. 

My aim is to share and encourage the innate desire to create that is uniquely human. I believe that the contemplative action of making puts us back in touch with our ancient origins. I work in pupil referral units and on community projects, in hospitals, arts and heritage centres.

Through my studio practice, I aim to connect with the viewer in a space where the work feels familiar yet somehow challenging, inviting the audience to immerse themselves in the views and create their own narratives. 

In my public practice, communication is vital to the working relationship, particularly when participants are vulnerable and living in challenging circumstances. 

I believe that art does not belong in a vacuum but should initiate conversations with a wider audience about issues that concern us all. 


Shield  - Natural Response solo exhibition.

Social Engagement Projects


Horizon 20:20 More and Better Arts Intervention programme for young people excluded from mainstream education.


National Saturday Clubs - Art and design, Guildford.


Spirit of Winkworth 

Research and interaction with the public at the National Trust's Winkworth Arboretum  throughout June 2021 to develop a new understanding of people's connection with the landscape.

Sketchbook Workshop

Supporting mental health through creativity in historic natural surroundings, West Horsley Place, Surrey.


Art Outdoors

Wellbeing through creativity; safe engagement with art in local landscapes  throughout summer during Covid-19.


The GladRags Project
Voluntary rapid response to Covid-19 crisis with Haslemere Museum. Awarded Arts Council England emergency funding to develop with other co-ordinating hubs nationally.


The Ice Project
Eastleigh Young Carers, Hampshire Cultural Trust.   

Horizon 20:20
Hampshire Cultural Trust / Paul Hamlyn Foundation

FISH  holiday scheme - facilitating artist 
Guildford Borough Council

The Big Draw  GLive Theatre.

The Big Draw  Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

West Dean College Arts and Crafts Festival
Open-access public participation piece.

Arts Award  Bronze: Fulham Palace SW6

Celebration Redesigned
Series of community workshops and Exhibition, 
Haslemere Museum, Surrey

Spirit of the Woods, South Hill Park, Berkshire
Open access family workshops

Keepsakes, Pump House Gallery, London

From Ordinary to Extraordinary, Grant funded community creative education project Haslemere Museum, Surrey



Regular workshops: 
Creative Workshops for Wellbeing, 

sponsored by The Arts Society, Haslemere.

Exploring Art  with young people who are educated at home.


(2018-2020) Dementia-centred outreach in Surrey day care settings.

(2017-19) Creative Space

Weekly voluntary facilitator supporting people affected by cancer, Fountain Centre, Royal Surrey Hospital.



Recent Training
Safeguarding (OSCB)

Prevent (home

Trauma Informed Training

CAMHS Mental Health Workshops 

Discover and Explore Arts Award Advisor 
Artswork: Navigating the Changing Educational Landscape
Artswork: Health and Wellbeing (SAHW into STEAM)
Dementia and the Arts: UCL / Futurelearn


Enhanced DBS Child and Adult Workforce

PLI Insurance  to £10m

Awards and Public Commissions:

2023: Wild Escapes Project, workshops and sculptures creating 'Bee Maps' across selected Surrey Schools for Art Fund, ACE supported.

2022: Harvest 2022  Community  workshops and Installation,
Surrey Hills Arts 

Longlisted,Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

2020: Memory Costume; Arts Council funded Smile Inside Project Commissioned by IiD Dance

2019: Swimming; Installation in Waterloo London: Commissioned by Young Vic Theatre

Shortlisted: International World of Wearable Art Awards, New Zealand

Finalist: The Signature Art Prize London

Pop-up studio’, Streatham Space Project London launch 2018 

Finalist - Richard Seager Art & Craft Design Award 2018

ArtCan Artist Award 2017

Roots;  installation commissioned by Engage! Festival  
South Hill Park, Berkshire 2016


2021: Spirit of Winkworth, NT Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey.

From the Ordinary to the ExtraOrdinary Community project,
Haslemere Museum, Surrey

Youth Uncovered AiR collaboration and exhibition,
Gerald Moore Gallery, London

Mind Over Matter (micro AiR) Hop Gallery, East Sussex

Recent Exhibitions:

2022: Spirit of Place: Solo interactive exhibition reflecting on human connections with the landscape. Haslemere Educational Museum.

Fragmental: Red Cube Gallery, Frensham.

Wild and Wonderful: 508 Gallery, Kings Road, Chelsea  celebrating our connections to nature.


Waterways:  London Wetland Centre 2nd December - 28th February 2022 with BobCat Gallery.


Past Exhibitions:

The GladRags Project: Timeline of 
crafted squares documenting our community experience of Covid-19, Haslemere Educational Museum.

Materials and Process: with Kv Duong, Geraldine van Heemstra and Chris Horner, Canning Gallery, London.


Arts Council funded Smile Inside Project touring exhibition 

Elevate: - ArtCan, The Shard, London 

Transient, VR Exhibition by international ArtCan artists.


Counter Balance, Trinity Art Gallery, London E14

Unfolding Nature, with Geraldine Molia and Mark Welland, Streatham Space Project, London

The Signature Art Prize Finalists Exhibition, Trinity Art Gallery, London


Guest Emerging Artist – West Dean College Arts and Crafts Festival, Installation and participation piece.

Standing in the Light: Guildford Cathedral, Site Specific installation.

International Day of the Girl Child - Group exhibition, London

Natural Response: – solo interactive exhibition,
South Hill Park, Berkshire: 


 ‘What is the Point?’: ArtCan, Camden Image Gallery

Rewild: Collaborative multi disciplinary performances with Livia Rita
and company, Ugly Duck, London.

Still, Life: Solo outdoor exhibition, the SPACE, St Leonards, East Sussex

Liminal: Artspace, Cambridge Artworks

Desire Lines:  Solo Exhibition at Martyrs’ Gallery, East Sussex

Threshold: Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green E2

Hop Gallery Open Exhibition, East Sussex

Unforeseen: Forest Arts Centre, Hampshire

Naturally Speaking; Mirror Gallery, Berkshire


Contours & Connections, with Louise Scillitoe-Brown,
The Stone Space, Leytonstone, London

Space and Place, Left Bank, Leeds 

Graduate Show - UCA Farnham

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