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“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 https://bit.ly/mallgalleries and make a point of visiting, to show your support!

Suffolk Open Studios – The Postscript

This year’s Suffolk Open Studios comes to an end on something of a high.

Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry's landscape painting in oil on canvas, depicting long grass against a sea background. Title "Another Side of Time". Size 100 x 100 cm.
Another Side of Time (100 x 100 cm)

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!

Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry's painting in oil on canvas, titled "Standing on Old Bones". Size 40 x 40 cm.
Standing on Old Bones (40 x 40 cm)

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!

Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry's painting in oil on canvas, titled "Untouched". Size 40 x 30 cm.
Untouched (40 x 30 cm)
Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry's painting in oil on canvas, titled "So Still". Size 60 x 74 cm.
So Still (60 x 74 cm)
Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry's painting in oil on canvas, titled "You Know How I Feel". Size 30 x 30 cm.
You Know How I Feel (30 x 30 cm)
Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry's painting in oil on canvas, titled "In at the Deep End", showing a woman underwater, lunging for the surface in a cloud of bubbles. Size 60 x 90 cm.
In at the Deep End (60 x 90 cm)

New Exhibitions

Suffolk Open Studios

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.

Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry's landscape painting in oil on canvas, depicting long grass against a sea background. Title "Another Side of Time". Size 100 x 100 cm.
Another Side of Time (100 x 100 cm)

You can get a taste of what I’ll be showing by visiting the Suffolk Open Studios page on my website  or – better still –  coming along to see for yourself! I’m opening my studio 11am-4pm on two weekends: 5-6 and 12-13 June (other times by appointment) and look forward to seeing you there.

“Moving On”

I’m also taking part in Easterly Artists’ Summer Exhibition “Moving On”, which opens at the Anteros Gallery in Norwich on 8 June.

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)

The show runs Tue 8- Sat 19 June, and Anteros is at 11-15 Fye Bridge Street, Norwich NR3 1LJ. Opening times are Tue-Sat, 9.30am-5pm and entry is free.

Keep in touch

If you’d like to keep up-to-date on all the latest developments for either of these and other events, don’t forget to follow me, Suffolk Open Studios and Easterly Artists on social media.

And, of course, let me know if you’d like to be added to my mailing list: drop me a line via the Contact page on my site, with your details.

New Sales

It’s been a busy few months! In between creating a number of new pieces (See the “New Work” page) and preparing for two new exhibitions – more details to follow – I’m pleased to announce a number of sales.

The following pieces have all gone to new homes:

Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry's painting in oil, titled "Oh Morning". Size 25 x 30 cm.
Oh! Morning (30 x 25 cm)
British artist Hilary Barry's work in ink and gouache, titled "Marches Study 9". Size 25 x 20 cm.
Marshes Study 9 (25 x 20 cm)
Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry's work in ink and gouache, titled "Marches Study 10". Size 25 x 20 cm.
Marshes Study 10 (25 x 20 cm)
Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry's work in gouache on paper, titled "Suffolk Study". Size 25 x 20 cm.
Suffolk Study (25 x 20 cm)

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.

Great Big Art Exhibition

I’m taking part in The Great Big Art Exhibition. ⁣This is the first of two charcoal on paper pieces I’ve prepared.

Dog and Ball

The idea is for people to create an artwork at home – it can be a painting, drawing, sculpture or whatever you want – to display in their window or garden. The plan is to create a rolling nationwide exhibition, inspired by the rainbows people made to celebrate the NHS and keyworkers during the first lock-down. ⁣

This is how it works. Every two weeks, a different artist chooses a new subject: the theme for the first fortnight, chosen by Antony Gormley, is animals. When I first moved to Kessingland, people I met didn’t ask “How are you?” but “Where’s your dog?” (I don’t have one) so, in their honour, I’ve chosen dogs as my first subject. ⁣

Dog(s) in the Window

You can learn more about the exhibition and how to take part here, or follow it on social media using the hashtag #greatbigartexhibition.

Preparing Canvases for New Work

Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry priming canvases in her Kessingland studio.
Priming canvases in my studio, ready for the next series

2020’s been a busy year, apart from the obvious issue of dealing with Coronavirus and the associated difficulties.

With the Pit Girls exhibition in March followed by two Easterly Artists virtual exhibitions in May and September, it’s time to start the process of framing and preparing new canvases.

BBC Look East films Suffolk Open Studios Showcase artists

A good evening at last night’s Suffolk Open Studios 2019 Showcase, at the Apex Gallery in Bury.

As well as having Ania Hobson there as our special guest, the BBC recorded the event for that night’s Look East broadcast, and interviewed several of the participating artists.

Click here to watch the video – my piece is at the end!

The show runs till 31 March so get there if you can, as there’s some excellent work on display.

Photograph of Hilary Barry showing her work at the Suffolk Open Studios 2019 Showcase
Hilary Barry with her work on show at the Suffolk Open Studios 2019 Showcase, 26 Feb-31 March
Photograph of the crowds at the Suffolk Open Studios 2019 Showcase Main Gallery
Good turn-out for the Suffolk Open Studios 2019 Showcase

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: http://bit.ly/Cyfarthfa

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.

STOP PRESS

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!