Barbara Walker (b. 1964, Birmingham, UK) currently lives and works in Birmingham. She received her BA (1st Class Hons) in Art and Design from the University of Central England, Birmingham (1996). Her paintings and drawings of the human figure open up a dialogue with viewers concerned with notions of race, identity, belonging, class, power and the politics of how we look at others. Walker works across a range of media including works on paper and canvass, to large scale wall installations. Awards include the Evelyn Williams Drawing Award, Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 (2017); the Drawing Room Bursary Award (2017); Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts (2015); Ford Foundation Grant (2008); Sovereign European Art Prize (2008); and the Millennium Awards, Birmingham (2000). Residencies include those at Drawing Room, London (2017); Palazzo Pisani a Santa Marina, Venice (2017); The International Curators Forum, in partnership with University of the Arts London (2016-2018); James Hockey Gallery, UK (2015); The Bag Trust, Johannesburg, South Africa (2008); and Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, South Africa (2006). Select solo exhibitions include Vanishing Point, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK (2018); Shock and Awe, Mac, Birmingham, UK (2016); Sub Urban: New Drawings, James Hockey Gallery, University of Creative Arts, Farnham, UK (2015); Pause, C&C Gallery, London, UK (2014); and Here and Now, Wallner Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, UK (2013). Select group exhibitions include A Slice Through The World: Contemporary Artist's Drawings, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK (2018); Reformation, Guest Project, London, UK (2018); The Gallery Of Small Things, Cultural & Design Festival, Lagos, Nigeria (2017); Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London, touring to Norwich, Bath and Canterbury, UK (2017); Vicennial, Vane Contemporary, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK (2017); Untitled: Art of the Conditions of Our Time, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK (2017); Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK (2016); Salon 2015, Waterhall Gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK (2015); For the Record, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2014); End of the Line, Paper Gallery, Manchester, UK (2013); Mostly Open 11, Liandudo, Wales, UK (2011); and The Meaning of Style, The New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK (2010). Her work is held in both private and public collections including The Usher Gallery, Arts Council England, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, and Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.
Last updated: 08.02.2018