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Barbara Ash

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Works in


Royal College of Art, London, 1995, M.A
Cyprus College of Art, Cyprus, 1991, Post-Grad
Middlesex University, London, 1989, B.A (hons)

digital, surrealism, performance, installation, pop, mixed-media, feminism, 3D, sculpture, fibre-glass, kitsch, figurative, exhibition/performance

Curriculum Vitae

Issues in work - hierarchies, cultural perceptions, "beauty" industry, homogenization, innocence/sexuality....



Sep 93 - July 95                      Royal College of Art, London. (Exchange to Lisbon Art College, Portugal) M.A (R.C.A) in    Sculpture

Jan - July 91                            Cyprus College of Art, Post-graduate sculpture course, Cyprus

Sep 85 – July 89                     Middlesex University, London. B.A (Hons) Degree in Fine Art



July 2010                                   Artists Grant (Arts Council of England) for “Dolls” project in India & U.K

June 10                                    Spike Associates Melluish Bursary towards project-development in India

June 06                                    Travel Award to visit Dublin galleries, Ireland (Arts Council of England)

May 05                                    Artists Grant (Arts Council of England) awarded for solo show “Playthings”

Mar 01 – May 01                    Year of the Artist Award (Arts Council of England) working with Belevue Special School, London

Sep 92 – Sep 93                      One year Henry Moore Fellowship (Henry Moore Foundation) at Canterbury College of Art 



May 2012                                “Drawing across”, Arts council project; internet exchanges with women from the criminal justice system

April 2011                               “Art Adventures in India”, Slide presentation on practice in India, Spike Island, Bristol, U.K

June – July 2010                     “Big girl's blouse,” Site-specific Sculpture Residency, Spike Island Art Centre, Bristol, U.K

Nov- April 2009                      “Sandarbh,” Six month International Residency at Partapur/Udapuir, Rajasthan, India

Aug 07 – Jan 08                      Artist Residency, Bangalore Artists Centre & 1 Shanthi Rd Studio Gallery, India               

Jan 2008                                  Bangalore University, India, Lecture/slide-show on practice

1991-2007                               Spike Island, Studio-holder, Membership secretary & Management & Education committee

Sep 92 – Sep 93                      Henry Moore Fellowship in Sculpture, Canterbury College of Art

July – Sep 89                          Sculpture Residency at Portland Clifftop Sculpture Park, Dorset



Sept 12                                    “Virion”, Biennial project exhibition shown via a network of public screenings, Australia

Oct 10                                     “Green World Art Festival,” Collaborative project, Orissa, India

Dec 08                                     “Neerja Modi,” National Painting workshop, Jaipur, India

Nov 07                                    “Sandarbh,” Ten day site-specific workshop in rural Rajasthan, India

Aug 2007                                International Sculpture Symposium, Hai Phong, Vietnam

Nov 06                                    International Sculpture Symposium, Gwalior, India

Aug 06                                    Lapidea, International Sculpture Symposium, Germany

Aug 04                                    International Sculpture Symposium, Sprimont, Belgium

Feb 95                                     International Ice and Snow Festival, Central House of the Russian Army, Moscow, Russia

July 93                                    International Sculpture Symposium, work in the collection of the Rabas Museum, Czechoslovakia




Aug 09                                    “Sugar & Spice,” Kashi Art Gallery, Kerrala, India

April 09                                   “Homogenous (the beauty of bland),” J.K.K Art Centre, Jaipur, India

Jan 08                                      “Dance footloose on the earth,” Installation @ 1 Shanthi Rd Studio-Gallery, Bangalore, India

Jan – Mar 06                           “Sculpture in the Workplace -Ten years of sculpture”, Canada Square, London.     Curated by Ann Elliott

May05                                    “Play Things,” Installation @ Walcott Chapel, Bath, U.K

August 03                               “Cornucopia,” Installation in the cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, U.K

April 2002                               “Teddy bears picnic,” Installation @ Spike Island Art Centre, Bristol, U.K

Nov 99                                    “The Lost World of Feelings,” Installation @ Picton Street Gallery, Bristol, U.K

Sep 93                                     “Set in stone,” Henry Moore Fellowship Show, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury, U.K




Dec 2012                                    "Interstices", curated by Neelima Jeychandran, parallel event - Kochi Biennale, Kerala, India

Mar 2012                                    “pREpellers”, Artchennai Artfair, Chennai, touring to OED Gallery, Kerala, India in July

Mar 2011                                    New York Expo, Sculpture & video presentation of work, New York, U.S

Dec 2011                                 “Dolls,” Gallery Sumukha, India, curated by Marta Jakimowicz, touring to ArtChennai & Rob Dean Art, London

Sep 2010                                 “Innerscapes,” installation & drawings at Alliance Francais, Bangalore, India

May 09                                    “Second Bangkok Triennial,” Selected by Tetsuya Noda, Tokyo National University of                                                                                    Fine Arts. Bangkok Art & Cultural Centre, Bangkok, touring north/east Thailand until 2010.

April 09                                   “Art in Rajasthan,” Bougainvillea Gallery, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Jan 2007                                  “Adam’s Rib, Eve’s Air in her hair,” SOHO20, New York ~Curated by Melina Messina, Brooklyn Museum

Oct 06                                     “Beauty & the Beast,” Stourhead. Curated by Peter Dickinson for Hotbath Gallery/the National Trust

Jan 06                                      “Re-worked,” Washington Gallery, Cardiff, Wales

Dec 05                                     153rd Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

July 05                                    Royal British Society of Sculptors Centenary Show, University of Leicester

June 05                                    Royal British Society of Sculptors Annual Show, London

Oct – Dec 04                           152nd Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Sep 04                                     “Off the Wall,” Olympia, London

July 04                                    Shrewsbury Open, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shrewsbury

Dec 02-03                               “Beauty & Corruption,” Crawford Open 3, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, Ireland. Selected by                                                               Eugenie Tai, Brooklyn Museum & Hugh Mulholland, Ormeau Baths Gallery.

Oct 00                                     “Workplace,” Site-specific project for the “Year of the Artist” programme, Arts Council, Bristol

Sep 98                                     Artery Show, Leigh Court Mansion, Bristol

June 96                                    Sculpture presented on ArtLink@Sotheby's International Young Art programme

Nov 95                                    Contemporary Art Society Annual Exhibition, Royal Festival Hall, London

Oct 95                                     The Discerning Eye,” Mall Galleries, London

June 94                                    “Sub-tropical,” Four Woman Show, Opus 39 Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus

Apr 94                                     Interim Show, Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London

Apr 93                                     “Vojanovy Sady,” Open Air sculpture Show, Central Prague, Czech Republic

June 92                                    International Sculpture Symposium Exhibition, Horice, Czechoslovakia

April 91                                   “Island life,” Gloria Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus




May 2010                                Interactive Public Sculpture in collaboration with digital artist for Bristol Children’s Hospital, U.K

July 98                                    Public commission for Battersea Park, London

Sep 92                                     Public commission for Canterbury International Art Festival, Canterbury Council Collection

Apr 92                                     Public commission for J. Sainsbury, Sainsbury Collection



Dec 2011                                 "Sculpture at Canary Wharf - a decade of exhibitions", Ann Elliot, U.K (Canary Wharf Group)

Nov 09                                    “Doll-girls”, by Marta Jakimowicz, “Deccan Herald”, national press, India

Aug 09                                    “The art of buying beauty”, by Surekha K in “New Indian Express”, national press, India

Aug 09                                    “Gender-specifics”, by Tanya Abraham in “The Hindu”, national press, India

Feb 08                                     “Mysterium Tremendum”, Rollie Mukherjee, article on artconcerns, online     contemporary art portal

Jan 7th 08                                 “Child-like in a metaphoric landscape”, Marta Jakimowicz, “Deccan Herald”, national press, India

Nov 06                                    “Lapidea 2006”, Anneli Karrenbrock, Germany (Görres Publishing House)

Feb 04                                     “crawford open 1 – 4”, Peter Murray, Ireland (Gandon Editions)

Sep 02                                     “Sculpture in Bristol”, Douglas Merritt, U.K (Redcliffe Press)


Work in private and public collections in England, Italy, India, Belgium, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Vietnam & Thailand.

Recent Exhibits

Barbara Ash participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2013 Holding up half the sky
Five Forty Five
Mar, 2011 Dolls
Gallery Sumukha - Bangalore
Aug, 2009 Sugar & Spice
Kashi Art Gallery
Exhibited with these artists
Exhibited at these venues
Barbara Ash has Exhibited at these venues:

Five Forty Five Gallery Sumukha - Bangalore
Kashi Art Gallery

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