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Broken Angel: Barbara Walker

3 March – 12 June 2022 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location West Screen
Category Art
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Barbara Walker was born in Birmingham and continues to live and work in the city. Her work is informed by the social, political and cultural realities that affect her life and the lives of those around her. These directly shape a practice concerned with issues of class and power, gender, race, representation and belonging.

Her work tells contemporary stories shaped by historical circumstances. She seeks to make these stories universally understood and reflect a human perspective on the state of affairs in Britain and elsewhere.

For her work for the ‘Broken Angel’ project at Coventry Cathedral, she has focused on how belongings and ‘attributes’ – the way historic art uses objects to describe figures in faith stories – shape how we understand their identities.

The Artist

Barbara’s forthcoming projects include ‘Vanishing Point’, a solo show at Cristea Roberts Gallery London opening in March 2022

Her work is also included in the survey exhibition Life Between Islands : Caribbean-British Art 1950s – Now running until April 2022.

Barbara’s recent installation Place, Space and Who at Turner Contemporary, Margate was accompanied by a monograph on her work, with texts by Paul Gilroy, Sarah Martin and Aïcha Mehrez, and an interview with the artist by Courtney J. Martin.

““We have loved working with Barbara as she has reflected on the loss of the ‘Angel of the eternal Gospel’, as this panel was entitled. The gospel book which the original angel was holding is held towards the viewer, so it’s not possible to see what’s written on the cover. The angel appears in the Book of Revelation, the last book in the Bible, carrying a message of hope for the beleaguered and persecuted believers in the early days of Christianity. What message of hope might an angel bear to our Covid and post Covid world? Barbara has led us to reflect on that, and through the personal stories drawn from her family, helped our visitors imagine where they might draw or offer hope today.””
— The Very Rev’d John Witcombe Dean of Coventry
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