The Bell Gallery is open 10am – 4.30pm Tuesday – Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday). The closest train station is in Beccles, but there’s ample car parking outside in the street or in Scales St Car Park, just behind the gallery.
They say time waits for no man (or woman), so I’m already busily preparing for my next show at The Craft House, in Woodbridge. This is particularly exciting for me as I’ll be sharing the space with fellow artist Ros Bieber!
Suffolk Open Studios 2023 is over (for me at least) and the sun has set for another year on the very popular – judging by the number of people who passed throughout the Easterly Artists marquee – First Light Festival.
So all that remains, for now at least, is to post a quick reminder about my upcoming solo show next month at the excellent George Farnham Gallery in Saxmundham and, in particular, the:
Hilary Barry Solo Exhibition
George Farnham Gallery, 6A High Street, Saxmundham, IP17 1DD
Plus, as an added attraction, that’s market day in Saxmundham, so (after you’ve visited the show, obviously!) there will be plenty of other entertainment happening in the high street.
But not to worry if you can’t make it to the Private View: the exhibition itself runs 4 – 15 July and the gallery is open Tue – Fri, 10.30am – 4pm; Sat, 10am – 1pm (Closed Sun – Mon). I’ll be dropping in from time but, if I’m not there, ask for Michael who’ll be very happy to show you around.
And later in June, I’m taking part with Easterly Artists in their latest exhibition at the First Light Festival in Lowestoft, with a selection of prints and cards for sale as well as some larger work. The festival runs Midday – 9.30pm,Saturday 17 and 10am – 4pm, Sunday 18 June.
Third, I’m very pleased to have been offered a solo show in July at the excellent George Farnham Gallery in Saxmundham.
Hilary Barry Solo Exhibition George Farnham Gallery, Saxmundham 4 – 15 July Open: Tue – Fri, 10.30am – 4pm; Sat, 10am – 1pm (Closed Sun – Mon)
George Farnham, 6A High Street, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 1DD
This is one of the pieces I’ll be showing:
As an added incentive, Saturday 8 July is market day in Saxmundham so, if you come then, once you’ve had a chance to look round the show there will be plenty of other things to see and do in the high street.
On to September and I’m hosting a joint exhibition at The Craft House in Woodbridge, together with the very talented fellow Suffolk artist, Ros Bieber:
Hilary Barry & Ros Bieber The Craft House, Woodbridge 27 September – 3 October Open daily, 10am – 5pm
The Craft House, 1B Thoroughfare, Woodbridge IP12 1AA
Here’s one of the paintings I’ll be showing, with an example of Ros’ work below, to give you a taste of what to expect:
The Craft House is 5 minutes’ walk from Woodbridge Station, which is also probably the best place to leave your car if you’re driving.
Finally, Ros and I are hosting another joint show in November at The Bell Gallery in Bungay, which is rapidly making a name for itself as the place to be if you want to see compelling work by new artists from a whole range of locations and mediums.
Hilary Barry & Ros Bieber Bell Gallery, Bungay 31 October – 25 November Open: Tue – Sat, 10am – 4.30pm (Closed Sun – Mon)
Bell Gallery, 40 Earsham St, Bungay NR35 1AQ
You can get to Bungay by train via Beccles, followed by a short bus ride. Alternatively, if you’re coming by car, there’s plenty of car parking in the street or the public car park down the road.
It feels like I’ve only just finished Christmas, yet already I’m busily preparing for the next round of exhibitions with three shows in as many months!
First, I’ll be opening my studio again in this year’s Suffolk Open Studios on three of the four weekends in June: 11am-5pm: 4-5, 11-12 and 25-26 June – but let me know if those days don’t suit, and we can arrange another time. If you’ve visited me before you’ll know the location; otherwise, get in touch via the Contact page and I’ll send you directions.
Next, don’t worry if the only weekend you have free in June is the third one, because I’m also taking part with Easterly Artists in their latest exhibition Art NOW!– Midday, Saturday 18 – 2pm, Sunday 19 June at Kensington Gardens, Kensington Road, Lowestoft NR33 0HY.
Why a 24-hour exhibition, and for only two days? Because it’s part of the First Light Festival, just up the road from my studio. If you haven’t been before, it’s a really special event, timed to coincide with the dawning of a new day on the UK’s most Easterly point. It’s a great occasion, if you can make it – just let me know in advance, so I can be there at the same time to meet you.
Finally, I’m really pleased to be back with the George Farnham Gallery for All That Is Suffolk, 1 June – 31 August, at 6A High Street, Saxmundham IP17 1DD.
If you haven’t been before, George Farnham is a lovely little gallery at the end of Saxmundham High Street, showing a wide selection of art from across the region, and is well worth a visit! Click here for opening times and other details.
I have some other exhibitions lined up for the rest of the year, but that’s enough news for now. I hope you’ll be able to make it to at least one of the above, and look forward to seeing you then!
Meanwhile, you can always follow all my newest work on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds, so don’t forget to click on the links for all the latest developments.
During the recent pandemic and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.”
This year’s Suffolk Open Studios comes to an end on something of a high.
Despite only being open this time for two weeks, a number of people took the opportunity get in touch or come by my studio, resulting in several sales!
You can see the larger pieces listed above and below but, for now, the most important thing is to thank everyone who made the time to visit and – in particular – all those who felt inspired to buy one of my works, however large or small, be it a painting, print, drawing or simply a card.
So, thank you all, and I’ll look forward to seeing you again next year!
After the 2020 event had to be cancelled, I’m very pleased to be taking part again in this year’s Suffolk Open Studios programme. 130 artists will be opening their studios and galleries to the public across Suffolk over the four weekends of June.