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Sara Barker
12 March – 5 June 2016

This exhibition by Glasgow-based artist Sara Barker (born in Manchester in 1980) presents two sequences of new work made specially for The Fruitmarket Gallery together with a small number of existing works.

Sara Barker works on the boundary between sculpture, painting and drawing. Since beginning to exhibit her work in 2004, she has developed a visual language of paint, steel, aluminium, brass and glass; and a way of working which is meditative, focusing on memory, individual perception, and a blurring of line and colour.

With its combination of new and existing work, this exhibition offers the opportunity to spend time learning the language of Barker’s art, enjoying how her objects change in relation both to you and to each other as you walk around and among them.

The exhibition is called CHANGE-THE-SETTING. This title is meant to function like a stage direction, invoking a situation in which one element can be changed to allow the others to recombine in a different way.

Exhibition and publication produced in collaboration with IKON, Birmingham

Exhibition Supported by

Henry Moore Foundation

Talks, Events and Workshops

Sara Barker

Artist’s Talk: Sara Barker
Listen to artist, Sara Barker in conversation with Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery.

New monograph

We are delighted to publish this new book which charts the development of Sara Barker’s visual language from its earliest beginnings. The book includes new writing from curator and writer Katharine Stout and novelist Ali Smith. BUY NOW


The Fruitmarket Gallery produces a range of resources supporting the exhibition that are available in the Gallery and online.

Download the current Exhibition Guide

An Activity Sheet for families and primary school groups to enjoy the exhibition together.

Learning Resources is a guide for teachers and community leaders to help groups explore the exhibition.

A selection of relevant publications are available to view for reference in the resource room.

Talks and events are programmed for each exhibition with recordings available online after the event.