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Our Plague Year: Nick Burton

HOME’s 2020 Art Gallery reopening featured three artist presentations: Bubbling PitchBlue Glass Fortunes and Our Plague Year. Our building is currently closed, but we have made as many images as possible available for you to enjoy online.

On this page you can view an online image gallery of the artwork and read interviews with the artists.

Our Plague Year was commissioned by HOME during our closure period. Conceived by artist and illustrator, Nick Burton, Our Plague Year is a digital comic and an alternative retelling of the Eyam Plague of 1665-66.

Our Plague Year shares a story of self-isolation and social distancing, told through the eyes of fictional characters. This contemporary narrative explores the many facets of human behaviour in the midst of a crisis. Fear, anger, paranoia, bravery and hope.

Let us take you back to 1665. A plague creeps ever towards a rural English
village, Eyam, in Derbyshire.

An isolated village in lockdown brings out the worst and the best in its people (mostly the worst). Wise woman Granny Dankworth, speaks a muddled truth but holds no authority within the village hierarchy. Village gossip, George Gribble, blames the fairies for all misfortune, while young Godfrey Berrycloth, confined to a wheelchair, could be best positioned to ride out the inconvenience – his rich interior world within a moment’s reach…

In which characters will you recognise yourself? What similarities exist between their world and ours?

The story so far:

About the artist:

Nick Burton is a Manchester born illustrator and storyteller. He spent the majority of his life in Canada (Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto), but for the past eight years has been living in Salford, England. His illustrations and comics have featured in Wired MagazineThe New York TimesRide JournalGQ and others. He was a finalist in HOME’s first Manchester Open and updates his Instagram feed on a frustratingly intermittent basis. www.nickburtondraws.com

Featured image: Our Plague Year, Nick Burton, 2020