Keziah Burt, artist, military spouse, and member of the Military Coworking Network since 2020, has been invited by the National Army Museum to sculpt a commemorative bronze portrait bust of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to mark her Platinum Jubilee, celebrating 70 years of dedicated service to our wonderful nation.
Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee – a truly momentous occasion, celebrating the remarkable achievements of one of the greatest women in British history.
The bust will be crafted on site at the National Army Museum in Chelsea between Tuesday 24 and Sunday 29 May and will form part of the Museum’s collection once complete.
The bust will be based on photographs of The Queen’s wartime service, when she was still Princess Elizabeth. The Queen is the Head of the British Armed Forces and served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service and Women’s Royal Army Corps in the 1940s.
Come and witness Keziah at work
Keziah will be sculpting live from Tuesday, 24th May to Sunday, 29th May inclusive at the National Army Museum in Chelsea. If you’d like to witness her at work and learn more about the process of crafting a portrait bust, from initial drawings to bronze casting to the finished product, then please come along – admission is free, no booking required.
Keziah will also be exhibiting other examples of her work, including sketchbooks, portrait busts and figurative bronzes.
In addition, Keziah will be running two sculpting workshops
Creative Clay: Sculpt the Queen
Saturday 28th May at 11:00
An hour-long workshop for children aged 7+ to introduce them to clay sculpting.
Cost £7.50 /child
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Sunday 29th May at 14:00
Participants will have the opportunity to craft their own self-portrait in clay under Keziah’s guidance. They will take home a mini bust (around 20 cm tall) in air dry clay.
Cost: £25 / adult
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About Keziah Burt
Keziah Burt is a British figurative artist. She studied at Winchester School of Art and Loughborough School of Art and Design, where she gained a First-Class Degree in Sculpture and a Masters in Art and Design. She went on to become a teacher of Art while raising her young family and moving around the country with her husband, an officer in the Royal Engineers. Keziah has exhibited across the UK and Germany and has work in private collections in the UK, USA and Europe. Her bronze portrait tondo of world-renowned chemist Rosalind Franklin, who identified the double helix structure of DNA, is on public display in Hampstead, London and was exhibited as part of the Society of Portrait Sculptors exhibition 2021.
Most recently, her portrait bust of Major General Susan Ridge CB, the first woman to hold that rank in the British Army, has been purchased for the permanent collection here at the National Army Museum.
“The result, always a likeness, but searching for something more, something intangible of their spirit rendered into raw clay. A truth captured for eternity in fired earth or bronze. ” — KGB
Here is a list of some of her other achievements:
Short-listed for the Society of Portrait artist’s Masterclass prize in 2019
Finalist for the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust award 2019.
Exhibited with the Society of Portrait Sculptors London 2021
Exhibited with the Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries 2021
Finalist for the Lady Petchey Sculpture Prize, as part of the Hollybush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2021.
To find out more about Keziah or see more examples of her work go to www.keziahburt.co.uk