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.
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.