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Anna Barriball

Anna Barriball
Exhibition 21 January – 9 April 2012

Anna Barriball (born 1972, Plymouth, lives and works in London) makes work which moves between the parallel languages of drawing and sculpture, often using the practice of drawing to create something which might be more properly understood to be sculpture.

Sheets of paper pressed insistently by her pencil up against windows, walls and doors become heavily material objects, while things in the world – windbreaks, found photographs, a fireplace – are redrawn as artworks through subtle alteration.

This exhibition brought together work made over the last ten years, and encompassed drawing, sculpture and video. It included the kind of works on paper for which Barriball first became known, and also major new commissions: a large windbreak sculpture and a wall drawing.

Organised by The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh in collaboration with MK Gallery, Milton Keynes. Exhibition supported by The Henry Moore Foundation.

Anna Barriball Exhibition Guide

Anna Barriball Webfilm

Talks and Events

Rub and Bleed: the meeting of materials in Anna Barriball’s drawings
Dr Ed Krcma (University College Cork) explores issues of friction and mobility in Anna Barriball’s work on paper.

Anna Barriball Artist’s Talk
Artist Anna Barriball in conversation with Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery about her practice and the work in the exhibition.

Drawing and Sculpture Panel Discussion 
A panel of speakers including Briony Fer (University College London), artist Tania Kovats, Elisabeth Lebovici (EHESS, Paris) and Anna Lovatt (University of Nottingham) explore relationships between sculpture and drawing.


Related Items

Exhibition Poster

This poster was designed by The Fruitmarket Gallery to support the Anna Barriball exhibition which ran from 21 January – 9 April 2012.

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Exhibition DVD

This DVD supports the Anna Barriball exhibition which ran from 21 January – 9 April 2012 at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.


Fruitmarket Gallery Publication

Published to accompany the exhibition this book brings together a generous selection of Barriball’s work, from the beginning of her career in 2000 to ambitious, large-scale new work made in 2011.

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Artist's Edition : 'Untitled, 2011'

Signed and numbered by the artist, this beautiful limited edition photographic print was created by Anna Barriball on the occasion of the exhibition.