Anna Barriball

21.01.12 – 09.04.12

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 previous 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.


Visit the MK Gallery archive here

Download the Exhibition Guide

Download the Bulletin


Listen to Anna Barriball: Artist’s Talk


Listen to Dr Ed Krčma’s talk on Anna Barriball: ‘Rub and Bleed: the meeting of materials in Anna Barriball’s drawings’


Listen to Anna Barriball: ‘Sculpture and Drawing’ Panel Discussion with Briony Fer, Tania Kovats, Elisabeth Lebovici and Anna Lovatt

Part one

Part two


Images: Ruth Clark


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