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Barbara Sykes

BIOGRAPHY
I worked as a textile designer for two Manchester studios. In 1989 I returned to full time education, and in 1993 graduated from Bretton, Leeds University with a B.A Hons Degree in fine art and later graduated from Bradford University in 2005 with an M.A. in Printmaking.

I have held workshops, lectured and participated in open studios. I have exhibited extensively in both municipal and private galleries. My work is in public and private collections in the UK, France, America, Slovenia & Malaysia.

My paintings and drawings are a form of heiroglyph, on one hand they clearly describe the subject through recognisable forms and actions and marks. On the other hand they cause confusion through abstract unclear activity. The concerns in the works are of the Human Condition, female symbology, and events that have touched my life.

I am a member of: Manchester Academy of Fine Art (MAFA), National Acrylic Painters Association (NAPA), Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA - The Drawing Society)

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2006 Painting, Print & Collage The Lund Gallery, York
2006 'A Mothering Experience' Central Art Gallery, Ashton under Lyne
2004 Paintings & Prints Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
2003 New Paintings Gascoigne Gallery, Harrogate
2001 'Keep On Dancing' Dean Clough Halifax
2001 'Journeys' Gascoigne Gallery, Ilkley
1999 New Paintings Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham University
1999 'Water & Stone' Huddersfield Art Gallery
1997 'Heads' Bretton Hall, University Of Leeds
1996 'New Works On Paper' Logos Gallery London
1995 'Conversations' Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
1995 'Concerning the Senses' Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
1995 'Touch & Feel' Logos Gallery London

Selected Group Exhibition
2010 'Made to Fit' Womens Work Exhibition
2010 'The Light' Leeds
2010 New Paintings Viaduct Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax
2010 Concerning Print and Sculpture Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
2009 ICE Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
2009 150yrs Celebration MAFA Manchester Cathedral
2009 Art For Everyone Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham
2009 Society of Graphic Fine Art Menier Gallery, Southwark St., London
2009 National Acrylic Painters Association View Two Gallery, Liverpool
2009 The Heart of The North MAFA Central Art Gallery, Ashton Under Lyne
2009 ‘Profile’ Gallery Artists Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
2009 ‘Little Women’ The Willis Museum, Basingstoke
2009 150th Anniversary Exhibition Portico Gallery, Manchester - MAFA
2009 Internation Womens Day Fairfield Arts Centre, Basingstoke
2008 New Encounters Tregoning Gallery, Derby
2008 Temptations Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
2008 Society of Graphic Fine Art Menier Gallery, Southwark St., London
2008 'Acrylic Painters' NAPA The Obsidian Gallery, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks
2008 'In Search of Meaning' Drumcroon Gallery, Wigan
2008 Hidden Narrative Bury Art Gallery & Museum - MAFA
2008 Affordable Art Fair Battersea Park, London
2008 Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Brook St. Gallery, Birmingham
2008 Art Space Barn Galleries, Henly on Thames
2007 National Acrylic Painters Association Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, Shropshire
2007 Society of Graphic Fine Art Menier Gallery, London
2007 Showcase Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
2007 A Discriminating Eye MAFA Central Art Gallery Ashton-U-Lyne
2007 Biblio Mania. A Celebration of the Artists Book Holden Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University
2006 'Selective Eye' Cooper Gallery, Barnsley
2006 Stockport Art Gallery (MAFA)
2006 Saddleworth Museum & Art Gallery ,Oldham
2006 Blythe Gallery,Manchester
2006 Open Art Chichester Minerva Theatre, Chichester
2005 Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, Manchester
2005 Oldham Art Gallery (MAFA)
2005 Manchester Art Show GMEX Manchester
2005 Tregoning Gallery, Derby
2005 Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
2005 Hibrida South Square Galleries, Bradford
2005 Hibrida Gallery, Udolini Bruno Czech Republic
2004 Gascoigne Gallery, Harrogate
2004 'The Figure & The Face' Orleans House, Twickenham
2004 Artists Book Fair Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
2004 Salford City Art Gallery (MAFA)
2004 'Work In Progress' South Square Gallery, Bradford
2004 Leeds Art Fair2004 Paintings & Prints Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
2004 Royal Academy Summer Show
2004 Dean Clough Artists The Smith Gallery,Brighouse, Yorkshire
2004 Discerning Eye Mall Galleries, London
2004 Manchester Art Show GMEX Manchester
2003 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2003 Contemporary Art Show Christies, London
2003 Gascoigne Gallery, Harrogate
2003 Dean Clough Artists Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
2003 Leeds Art Fair
2003 'Figure & Form' Central Art Gallery, Ashton-u-Lyne
2002 'Encore' Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2002 The Art Lounge, Birmingham
2002 Chelsea Art Fair
2002 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
2002 Bury Art Gallery, (MAFA)
2002 Laing Landscapes Mall Galleries, London
2002 Leeds Art Fair Corn Exchange, Leeds
2002 North West of England House, Brussels
2002 'Extravaganza' Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
2001 Bury Art Gallery (MAFA)
2001 'Angels & Heavenly Bodies' Karen Taylor Contemporary Art, Twickenham
2001 'Showtime' Manor House Gallery & Museum, Ilkley, Yorkshire
2001 Contemporary Art Show Christies, London
2000 '2000 Dc' Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
2000 Bury Gallery (MAFA)
2000 Leeds Art Fair Corn Exchange, Leeds
2000 'Women's Art' Art Co., Leeds
2000 'Looking For Mandy's Place' Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
2000 DFN Gallery, New York
2000 Affordable Art Fair Battersea, London
2000 Peterborough Prize Peterborough Museum & Gallery
1999 Bury Art Gallery (MAFA)
1999 Laing Landscapes Mall Galleries, London
1999 'Artists Show' Leeds City Art Gallery
1999 'Selected Artists' Atkinson Gallery, Southport
1999 Festival Of Contemporary Art Castle Park Arts, Frodsham
1999 Leeds Art Fair Corn Exchange, Leeds
1999 Affordable Art Fair Battersea, London
1998 'Contemporary Watercolours' Beatrice Royal Galleries, Southampton
1998 'A Decade' Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
1998 Royal Academy Summer Show
1998 Laing Landscapes Mall Galleries, London
1998 'Heads & Tails' Drumcroon Arts Centre, Wigan
1997 Drumcroon Arts Centre Wigan
1997 Dean Clough Artists Crescent Art Gallery, Scarborough
1997 Dean Clough Artists Quay Art, Hull
1997 'Making Faces' Art Reach, Liverpool
1997 'On Reflection' Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
1997 'Art 97' The Forum, St.Helens
1997 Laing Landscapes Salford City Art Gallery
1996 Spring Party Logos, Gallery London
1996 'In Situ' Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
1996 Laing Landscapes Mall Galleries, London
1996 Drumcroon Arts Centre, Wigan
1995 'Celebration Of The Arts' Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
1995 Contemporary Art Show Christies, London
1995 'Womens Art' Bradford University, Bradford
1995 Royal Academy Summer Show
1995 Laing Landscapes Mall Galleries, London
1995 Dean Clough Artists Mercer Gallery, Harrogate
1995 Derby City Art Gallery