Jo Barker

Jo Barker divides her time between weaving richly coloured tapestries from her studio base in Edinburgh and teaching part time at Glasgow School of Art.

“A love of working with my hands, of making things, and a very long-term interest in colour are essentially at the heart of what I do.

My compositions employ a range of marks shapes and patterns which have evolved over a number of years, with recurring themes of ellipses, circles, halos; borders, edges and layers creating a sense of movement and depth of field enhanced by reactions of particular colour combinations.

The finished images are consciously abstract and ambiguous. I want to create a sense of something as opposed to an identifiable object or picture.”

Current work is part of an ongoing series of tapestries exploring themes initially inspired by qualities and patterns of light. Colours are arranged in blocks, pools and smudges in overlapping layers combining what appear to be drawn or incised lines in spinning orbits.

Trained in the Tapestry Department at Edinburgh College of Art she exhibits her work widely nationally and internationally. Her work is held in several collections including the V&A Museum, London. Numerous works have been commissioned by, amongst others, the House of Lords, London, the Scottish Executive, Edinburgh and the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle

1963 Cumbria, UK
 Edinburgh College of Art: Post Graduate Diploma - Commended
1982-85  Edinburgh College of Art: BA (Hons) Design in Tapestry with Printmaking – 1st Class
1981-82  Cumbria College of Art & Design: Foundation Course

2008 & 06  The Theo Moorman Trust for Weavers
2008  Inches Carr Trust
2006  Scottish Arts Council - Creative Development  
2005  Scottish Arts Council - Professional Development  
1994  Scottish Arts Council - Individual Development  

  Stroud International Textile Festival: Vision into Colour
2009  Brown Grotta Gallery, Connecticut, USA: 10th Wave III
Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales: Follow A Thread (tour   UK)
Saatchi Gallery, London: Collect
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh: Jo Barker – Tapestry (solo show)
2007  V&A, Museum, London: Collect
2006  Flinn Gallery, Connecticut, USA: Beyond Weaving - International Art Textiles
2005  Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark: Artapestry (tour - Germany, France)
2001-9  Browngrotta at SOFA New York and Chicago
2003  Westport Art Center, Connecticut, USA: The Common Thread 
2002  City Art Centre, Edinburgh: Weaving Stories (tour - UK)
Brown Grotta Gallery, Connecticut, USA: 15th Anniversary Exhibition

The House of Lords, Westminster, London
Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle
Scottish Executive, Edinburgh
City University, London
Bank of China, London
Guinness Plc (United Distillers), Edinburgh
City Art Centre & Edinburgh District Council
BUPA, London

V & A Museum, London,
The House of Lords, London
National Museum of Scotland  
City Art Centre, Edinburgh 
Aberdeen City Art Gallery & Museums
Grampian Hospitals Art Trust

2009  Selvedge Magazine - Sept/Oct: Timorous Beasties & Scotland
Hali Modern Rugs & Textiles - Spring: Exhibition  Review - Jo Barker Tapestries
Embroidery Magazine - Mar/Apr: Exhibition Review - Jo Barker Tapestries
2007  Craftscotland Website: Featured Maker  
2005  Scottish Arts Council Website: Visual Arts Featured Artist
1999  BBC Radio 4 - February: A Stitch In Time
1996  Art Textiles of the World - Great Britain Vol I: TELOS
Crafts Magazine - March/ April: Review of commissions for The Scottish Office
The Daily Telegraph - 27.1.96: Scots Pick up Tapestry’s Thread




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