Bill Burns lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He was born into a book selling family in Saskatchewan where he learned about art, literature and tractors from monks and farmers. His work about advanced industrialism, donkeys, goat’s milk, salt, safety gear, and honey bees has been shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Mendes Wood Gallery, Sao Paulo; 303 Gallery, New York; the Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. He has published artists’ books with publishers in Canada, Germany, USA,  UK, Austria, and Denmark. His most recent titles include The Great Exchange, Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver (2023) ; A Book About the Power 100, published by Verlag Mark Pezinger, Vienna (2018)  and  Hans Ulrich Obrist Hear Us, published by YYZ BOOKS and Black Dog Publishing, London, UK (2016). His artists’ editions are included in collections at Tate Britain, London, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Getty Center, Los Angeles. Bill Burns is also Artistic Director of the Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Experimental Children’s Choir. The choir has produced live performances and audio works at festivals in Australia, Argentina, the UK and Canada.


Bill Burns studied under Mowry Baden at University of Victoria, British Columbia (BFA) and with Gerard Hemsworth and John Latham at Goldsmiths’ College (MA) London, England.