Craig Barber

Craig Barber

The focus for much of my research relates to painting practice. This research is conducted using a variety of methods and media including painting, sound and video. I have held group and solo exhibitions and performances at venues in the UK and overseas including MAC, Birmingham; Lanchester gallery, Coventry; H-Project Space, Bangkok; the London Short Film Festival and The Public, West Bromwich and for some years was represented by Francis Kyle Gallery in central London.

My paper ‘Pictorial Slippage’ which was published in ‘The International Journal of Arts Theory and History’ considered the temporal dislocations associated with the painted image, particularly during an image’s fabrication. This paper considered some of my earlier work, in which I would use found images that had been selected from an array of disparate locations to develop paintings with an unhinged sense of time. More recent paintings have dispensed with source imagery with the aim of ‘finding’ the painting through working processes and considering the gap between the ‘known’ and the ‘unknown’, and the ownership of the unknown, in the production of artwork.

Craig’s work is available to view on his website.

Research and Practice

  • 2015:: “Engagement with #3CityLink” ‘International Conference of the Arts in Society’, Imperial College, London
  • 2014-15:: (detail).  H-Project Space, Bangkok; Transition Gallery, London; The Usher Gallery, Lincoln
  • 2014:’Pictorial Slippage’. The International Journal of Arts Theory and History 8 (2), 69-78, Common Ground Publishing, ISSN: 2326-9952 (print), 2327-1779 (online)
  • 2014: Peplexia, Through the Wall Projects. Bishop Street Gallery, Coventry
  • 2013: “Pictorial Slippage” presented at the ‘International Conference of the Arts in Society’, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2013: Barber, C., and Spackman, A.- The Habsburgs. Held Feb 2013 at the Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham
  • 2013: Jumping for Joyce . Francis Kyle Gallery, London
  • 2012: Bruit de Fond – OHMMM. Lanchester Gallery Projects, Coventry
  • 2012: OHMMM London Short Film Festival, The Horse Hospital, London
  • 2011: Unruly Object . Lanchester Gallery Projects, Coventry, UK
  • 2011: Anticurate . Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham
  • 2011: The Art of Noise – OHMMM . The Public, West Bromwich
  • 2011: OHMMM . Intime Symposium, Coventry University
  • 2011: OHMMM . Artsfest, MAC, Birmingham
  • 2011: This twittering world – T S Eliot’s Four Quartets . Francis Kyle Gallery, London, UK
  • 2011: OHMMM . Held Sep 2011 at Anticurate, MAC, Birmingham
  • 2011: OHMMM. UK: Lanchester Gallery, Coventry Airport, and Crewe Music Festival
  • 2010: 400 Women . Held Nov 2010 in Shoreditch Town Hall, London, UK and touring
  • 2009-10: That Gong Tormented Sea . Francis Kyle Gallery, London, UK
  • 2009: ‘Fragmentation’. TRACEY. Available from:
  • 2009: Craig Barber. Francis Kyle Gallery, London, UK
  • 2008: Rodina (Motherland) . Francis Kyle Gallery, London, UK
  • 2008: ReCognition . The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, UK
  • 2007 ING Discerning Eye . Mall Galleries, London, UK
  • 2007 Passage . Wolverhampton, UK
  • 2006 Everyone Sang . Francis Kyle Gallery, London, UK
  • 2006 Craig Barber. Fairfields Arts Centre, Basingstoke, UK
  • 2005 Memory . Clarion Contemporary Art, London, UK
  • 2005 Redundancy . Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK

External Committees and Boards

  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)
  • Associate Editor, ‘The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts’, volume 8 issue 1, October 2013, Common Ground Publishing


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