New Hilary Barry Solo Exhibition 2 – 20 July, George Farnham Gallery

I’m delighted to be returning this July to the George Farnham Gallery in Saxmundham, with a brand new solo exhibition!

Photo of Hilary Barry's oil painting on canvas "Shiver and Vanish", showing a stream emergng from a wood before becoing a waterfall dropping into a swirling pool.
Shiver and Vanish

All are welcome at the Private View on Friday 5 July:

Private View
Friday 5 July, 6pm – 8pm
George Farnham Gallery
6A High Street, Saxmundham IP17 1DD

Brirish artist Hilary Barry's oil on canvas landscape painting "The Sweet Walk", showing a large, rugged mountain rising out of the lower vegetation before peaking against a bright blue, cloudless sky.
The Sweet Walk

Alternatively, George Farnham is holding an Open Day on Saturday 13 July:

Open Day
George Farnham Gallery
Saturday 13 July, 10am – 3pm

Click here for exhibition details.

Hope to see you there!

Two Paintings Accepted into Addenbrooke’s Permanent Collection

During the pandemic and subsequent lock-downs, the NHS was (and still is) constantly in my thoughts. As a painter, this prompted me to produce a new body of work, the Lock-Down Series, reflecting my own feelings and experience of that time.

You can see it here.

British artist Hilary Barry handing over some of her work to Rosie O’Donovan, Addenbrooke's Hospital Arts Programme Manager
Handing over “Grief, Ruins and Miracles” to Rosie O’Donovan, Addenbrooke’s Arts Programme Manager

Recently, I was thrilled that Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge accepted two pieces from the series into their permanent art collection. I have a strong personal connection with Addenbrooke’s, so it’s good to have an opportunity to give something back to the doctors and nurses who’ve taken such good care of my family in the past, often under such difficult and demanding circumstances.

Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry's painting in oil on canvas, titled "Grief, Ruins and Miracles". Size 140 x 87 cm. Part of the "Lock-Down" series, showing five doctors and nurses wearing Covid-19 personal protective equipment, gathered over the unseen body of a patient undergoing treatment.
Grief, Ruins and Miracles (140 x 87 cm)

At the beginning of the pandemic, no-one anywhere was sure what was happening. PPE turned into masks of invisibility. This painting explores the strangeness and confusion, and the courage, which prevailed at that time.

Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry's painting in oil on canvas, titled "When Will It End?". Size 90 x 70 cm. Part of the "Lock-down" series, showing laboratory scientists working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to produce an anti-Covid vaccine.
When Will It End? (90 x 70 cm)

Research into and production of anti-Covid vaccines relied on intense working methods and huge commitment. I imagined the relentless processes and practices required in that environment, to achieve the desired result.

“If the Time is Right” Accepted for Mall Galleries Exhibition

I’m delighted to announce that my work “If the Time is Right” has been selected for the upcoming Federation of British Artists exhibition Figurative Art Now at the Mall Galleries!

Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry's painting in oil on canvas, titled "If the Time is Right". Size 100 x 50 cm.
If the Time is Right (100 x 50 cm)

From the Mall Galleries website: “Featuring works by elected FBA members, prize-winners, regular exhibitors, FBA Futures Alumni and artists new to Mall Galleries… (“Figurative Art Now”) explores the breadth of representational painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking in the UK today.”

The exhibition runs 7 July – 20 September. Sadly, for all the usual reasons, this year’s show will be virtual, but please bookmark and make a point of visiting, to show your support!

Pit Girls Exhibition Opens at Merthyr Tydfil

Dawn Bowden and Hilary Barry at the opening of “Pit Girls – Forgotten Women”

It was a pleasure to meet Dawn Bowden, Welsh Assembly Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, at the opening of the “Pit Girls – Forgotten Women” exhibition at Cyfarthfa Castle Museum on 8 March 2020.

You can learn more about the paintings and the background to the exhibition here. I’ve just finished updating the page to include audio recordings of the women’s testimonies to the 1842 Parliamentary commission.

BBC Radio Wales Interview

The day after the launch of the “Pit Girls – Forgotten Women” exhibition, BBC Radio Wales invited me talk about its background and the significance of the women to the Welsh mining industry.

Click on the link below to listen to the interview.

Pit Girls Regain Their Voice

Exciting news – the Cyfarthfa Castle Museum in Merthyr Tydfil has agreed to host my series of 12 “Pit Girl” portraits as part of a new exhibition titled “Pit Girls: Forgotten Women“!

The exhibition runs Tuesday 3 March – Sunday 31 May 2020. Opening times:
• 1 Oct – 31 March: Monday (Closed); Tuesday-Friday: 10am-4pm; Weekends: 12pm-4pm
• 1 April – 30 Sept: Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm; Weekends: 12pm-5pm.

You can learn more about the Pit Girls’ history and how I came to paint their portraits here.

The museum is located at:
Cyfarthfa Park, Brecon Road, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8RE
T: 01685 727371 | W:

Cyfarthfa Park is located north of Merthyr Tydfil town centre on the A470. The museum is 20 minutes’ walk from the centre or there is a regular bus service.
By car: Satnav postcode CF47 8PA.


Dawn Bowden (Welsh Assembly Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney) has agreed to open the exhibition: 2pm, Sunday 8 March, to coincide with International Women’s Day.

Get in touch if you’d like an invitation!

New studio!

The big news is that, following our move to Suffolk at the end of 2016, I now have my own studio with more space, excellent light and – almost a first for me – proper heating! It also doubles as a gallery, for me to show my new work. Here it is in the final stages of preparation:

Photo of Hilary Barry's new studio – the painting and working area
New studio – Painting and working area

Photo of Hilary Barry's new studio – the storage and cleaning up area
New studio – Storage and cleaning up area