Claire Barclay’s sculptures and installations present investigations into the physical and symbolic nature of materials and the spaces they inhabit. Frequently employing traditional craft techniques and materials, alongside those associated more with industrial design and production, Barclay’s work consistently explores the language of image and object. Printmaking has become an increasingly important part of her practice. She states:

‘For some time I have integrated printed imagery into installations in the form of printed fabric.  More recently I started printing on to paper, but found myself drawn to incorporating the bold graphic quality of these prints into my sculptural work.  I see a correlation between the way I make sculpture and the way I have developed screen-printed works which I would like to understand in greater depth through experimentation.’

Barclay spent one month at the Banff Centre, Canada, in April 2013. During this time she researched craft traditions and materials connected to Banff’s local area. She was also able to visit the ethnological and First Nation collections held at the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. Through this, she was able to develop further her research and approach towards the connections between North American and Scottish traditions of object making.

Claire Barclay graduated from Glasgow School of Art’s Environmental Art course in 1990 and from its MFA course in 1993. She has exhibited her work widely throughout the UK and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions have been held in Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.

Claire Barclay. Courtesy of the artist and Arts Council Collection
Claire Barclay
Paisley, 1968

Solo Shows

Tramway, Glasgow, UK
Longing Lasting, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England

Claire Barclay: Overworkings, Touchstones Rochdale, Lancashire, UK

Claire Barclay, Another Kind of Balance, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Diabolitical Lifting, Abbotsford, Sir Walter Scott’s House, Melrose, Scotland

Group Shows

Bright Bodies, Glasgow International, Glasgow, Scotland
Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea

Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England
Vienna Biennale 2015: Ideas for Change, The Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria
Below another sky, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland
Underside/Disturbance, performance piece in collaboration with choreographer Janice Parker for Hospital House, Abroath, Scotland; touring to Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Inverness, Scotland
Devils in the Making, Gallery Of Modern Art, Glasgow, UK

Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
Below another sky, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland; touring to Inverness Musuem and Art Gallery, Inverness, Scotland
Underside/Disturbance, performance piece in collaboration with choreographer Janice Parker for Hospital House, Abroath, Scotland
Paradigm Store, Howick Place, London, England

Funktion / Dysfunktion. Kunstzentrum Glasgow, Neues Museum, Nürnberg, Germany
The Sunday Curators, SWG3 Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

21 Revolutions: Two Decades of Changing Minds, Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow, Scotland
Abstract Possible, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Paisley Country of birth: UK Date of birth: 1968 Lives in: Glasgow, UK
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