Bridge Art Space to host celebration of co-founder Dan Burman’s life

British artist Dan Burman. Photo: Abigail Smith / Courtesy
British artist Dan Burman. Photo: Abigail Smith / Courtesy

A celebration of British artist Dan Burman’s life will be held tomorrow evening at the riverside arts venue he ran for several years.

Friends and associates of Burman, who died Wednesday, are asked by his brother Matt Burman to come “dressed to dance” to Bridge Art Space, where paintings and music from the multidisciplinary artist will be presented.

“He had his fingers in lots of pies, and he’s touched a lot of people in different ways,” said his brother, Matt Burman. “People really enjoyed his brain and his creativity. There were so many projects, we think he’s been incredibly productive. He’s achieved things in Bangkok that he always wanted to achieve. We’re very proud of that.”

The celebration will begin at 6pm on Tuesday. Burman took his own life; his loved ones say he “lost his life to mental illness.”

Burman, 36 and originally of Leeds, had lived in Norwich, England, prior to moving to Bangkok seven years ago. In addition to launching Bridge Art Space with his former partner, Burman was a fixture of the Thai capital’s arts scene, festivals and venues, from those he helped organize at Bridge to others such as the Bangkok Underground Film Festival, Dropzone music fest and venues including Jam and Whiteline.

“Our whole community is reeling,” said Abigail Smith, who operates the communal arts space where Burman resided in recent years.

“His voice resonated through the halls and through the different artists that came through,” she said. “He was just so instrumental to the community.”

He will be returned to England for a funeral in Skipton and a memorial in Norwich later this month. In addition to his brother Matt, he leaves behind his girlfriend Bethany Tryc, parents Sheila and Alasdair Burman, sister-in-law Rebecca Burman and a nephew, George Burman.

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