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Cockermouth artist wins a place on new TV series

Celia Burbush

The amazing artwork of award-winning Cockermouth artist has won her a place on new television series hosted by Nick Knowles.

After answering a call out to hundreds of artists across the UK, Celia Burbush (née Pugh) was selected to take part in the new BBC1 series ‘Home is where the art is’. The show focuses on an artist’s ability to come up with an idea for an artwork, based on a mystery tour of a person’s house. The buyer remains a mystery until the artists (3 per episode) get to do their ‘pitch’.

Co-incidentally, in recent years, Celia has started to make stunning paintings of people’s descriptions of their dream home or place. The idea for this had sprung from a difficult moment in Celia’s life, during Christmas 2015, as she and her children waited for their real home to be re-instated after floodwater had swept through it, as a result of Storm Desmond. Celia had only moved into her house 6 days before and was therefore seen as probably the unluckiest person in the UK by everyone, including the national media. Yet it spurred her on to make ever more meaningful artwork.

And finally, here she is in 2019, 4 years later, pitching her ideas on television, in front of millions, as she represents the inspiring artistic talent that exists across the UK.

Celia said: “I have had so much fun working on the programme. The process of exploring a mystery buyer’s home and imagining their hopes and dreams, is something I have relished. To put myself in someone else’s shoes is my passion, and this is what being commissioned to make a special artwork is all about.”

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