Based at Primary contemporary art studio and venue in Nottingham, Georgina Barney is a visual artist committed to drawing, utilising a range of additional media including writing, curatorial practices and methods of social engagement.
Over the past ten years, starting with GB Farming – a journey around fourteen farms in the UK – she has pioneered research and practice into the relationship between ‘Art and Farming’ exploring themes of place, landscape and the environment, and the rural-urban dichotomy. Pregnancy and motherhood in 2017 has provoked an interest in the domestic skills of processing sheep fleece and spinning, knitting and weaving.
Barney’s artwork has been featured in major survey shows exploring contemporary ruralism including A Green and Pleasant Land? (Harris Museum & Art Gallery, 2015) and Curating the Countryside (Compton Verney, 2017). Solo exhibition Sheep Sketchbook: Revisiting the Pastoral Tradition (Attenborough Arts Centre, 2014) explored the icon of the sheep in contemporary art since Henry Moore.
Recent projects include publication of GB Farming: An Island Journey, launched at the Science Museum, London marking the closure of the Museum’s historic Agriculture Gallery in 2017. The Museum of Contemporary Farming, is an online, mass participatory project on Twitter and an intervention with artist and farmer Kate Genever in the stores of the Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading.
Georgina’s exhibition running all weekend in the Shed Gallery in the Wilderness.
Photo: Untitled, Georgina Barney at Plant Dyed Wool workshop, 2017. Photograph Marek Tobolewski.