Kimberley Burrows, (b. 1988) is an interdisciplinary artist, disability advocate and model living and working in London. She is a recipient of the Tony Snowdon Scholarship awarded by the Snowdon Trust (2022-23.) Kimberley first graduated from Leeds Arts University (2021) before completing her MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art (2023). During her time at University, she received the Student of The Year Award at the Specialist Institution Awards and won the Guide Dogs Life-changing Partnership Award alongside her beloved Guide Dog, Tami.
Kimberley's practice is informed by her sight loss. Shifting from illustration to painting, she developed accessible systems of creating to make outcomes which are both engaging and profound. Abstract painting, printmaking and poetry allow Kimberley to understand the world around her whilst, simultaneously, challenge her ongoing intimate relationship with grief and loss. Muscle Memory, spatial awareness and touch interplay to create dimensional surfaces.
With a passion for fundraising and volunteering spanning over a decade, Kimberley has previously facilitated art classes to visually impaired service users at Henshaws Society for Blind People in Manchester and to school children with East African Playgrounds in Kasambira, Uganda. Working closely with the RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People), she has campaigned locally, nationally and internationally, visiting both UK and European Parliament for stronger accessibility legislation. Kimberley developed and Co-Chaired a successful campaigning network of visually impaired and blind young people. Most recently, she contributed to RNIB's press release celebrating British Vogue's first Braille edition of their May 2023 Disability issue.
Kimberley has featured on BBC News and BBC Radio numerous times regarding her artistic practice and advocacy endeavours, as well as in various publications. Kimberley released a successful clothing collection with Warehouse UK, incorporating her abstract designs, has painted for the Wellcome Collection, RNIB, UK Scouts, and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, among others.
She is signed with Zebedee Talent, a revolutionary modelling agency representing people with disabilities.
Kimberley will be the Student President of the Student Union at the Royal College of Art, starting August 2023.
Selected Exhibitions and Events
- RCA2023 MA Exhibition, Royal College of Art, 30th June - 3rd July (2023)
- Inside Out - celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week, Core Arts Hackney, 15th May (2023)
- Meet the Artist, 166 Cafe Bar Battersea, 29th March (2023)
- Art N' Soul - Live Painting Performance, The Nest in Treehouse, 28th March (2023)