Work In Progress

I’ve recently started a new project, focusing on the Tip Girls and women – also known as Patch Girls – who used to labour in the Tredegar iron and coal works.

Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry’s preliminary work in oil on canvas: “Tredegar Tip Girls project #1”
Preliminary work: Tredegar Tip Girls project
Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry’s preliminary work in oil on canvas: “Tredegar Tip Girls project #2”
Preliminary work: Tredegar Tip Girls project #2
Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry’s preliminary work in oil on canvas: “Tredegar Tip Girls project #3”
Preliminary work: Tredegar Tip Girls project #3
Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry’s preliminary work in pencil on paper: “Tredegar Tip Girls project #4”.
Preliminary work: Tredegar Tip Girls project #4

One of the most striking features in the few photos that exist of them, taken by William Clayton in 1865, was the extraordinary hats they wore with their daily work clothes. I’ve attempted to recreate a few examples here.

Tredegar Tip Girls hats

Good day for good news

First came the news that one of the first paintings I produced since moving to Suffolk, “Here for the Spirit”, had sold at the annual Southwold Art Circle exhibition.

Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry's painting in oil, titled "Here for the Spirit". Size (36 x 28 cm)
Here for the Spirit (36 x 28 cm)

If you haven’t visited already, there’s some excellent work on show: it runs till 3 Sept 2018; see the Southwold Art Circle website for details.

Second, it was nice to learn that mine was one of the first cards to go at Mandell’s Gallery’s postcard sale, held to raise funds for painter and printmaker Sarah Cannell’s son, Henry.

Photo of British artist Hilary Barry at Mandell's Gallery postcard sale 18/8/18, held to raise funds for artist Sarah Cannell's son, Henry
Mandell’s Gallery postcard sale, raising funds for artist Sarah Cannell’s son, Henry

The exhibition runs till 1 Sept 2018; more about Henry and about Sarah’s work at www.mandellsgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/henrys-odyssey.

New Easterly Artists’ Trail in North East Suffolk

Very pleased to be taking part in the new Easterly Artists Trail, 11am–5pm, Saturday– Sunday 16-17 June.

Easterly Artists' leaflet, showing details of the new artists' trail in North-East Suffolk over the weekend 16-17 June 2018, in which British artist Hilary Barry is taking part.
Easterly Artists’ leaflet

I’ll be joining 4 other local artists in the Waveney area in Suffolk, to open our studios to the public and give visitors the opportunity to meet us direct and ask us (almost!) any questions about our practice.

Other artists taking part are:
Hugh Davies
Lisa Hurcum
Fiona Shreeve
Nina Roffey

If you’re in the area that weekend, do drop in to see us. Click here to download a copy of the trail leaflet.

Nice surprise at The Hunter’s Moon in Llangattock Lingoed

Dropped into one of my old haunts on the way back from a very successful show at the Court Cupboard Gallery, to be greeted by the owners asking to keep some of my work and display it on the walls in the restaurant. Bonus!

Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry seated in the The Hunter's Moon in Llangattock Lingoed, where her work is currenlty on display.
One of Hilary Barry’s paintings on show at The Hunter’s Moon in Llangattock Lingoed

If you’re in the area, drop by to see it and enjoy something from their excellent menu at Llangattock Lingoed (NP7 8RR). Cheers, Jim, Grace, Chris & Beryl 🙂

Apex Exhibition, Bury St Edmunds

Great show at the Apex Gallery, Bury St Edmunds, in April, with 5 of my pieces on display as part of the Suffolk Open Studios 2018 exhibition of work by this year’s participating artists.

Took a little time up a ladder to finalise the hanging, but well worth the effort and a lot of good work on show!

Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry's paintings on show at the Apex Gallery in Bury St Edmunds, in April 2018.
Hilary Barry’s work on show at the Apex Exhibition, Bury St Edmunds, April 2018

Suffolk Open Studios 2018

The show in Court Cupboard Gallery went well, after braving the Welsh snow in time for the set-up and launch event… There’s a shot of the exhibition space below.

Photograph of visitors to British artist Hilary Barry's exhibition "In the Shadow of the Mountain", at the Court Cupbard Gallery in Llantilio Pertholey, March 2018.
Visitors to “In the Shadow of the Mountain”, at the Court Cupboard Gallery in Llantilio Pertholey, March 2018.

Meanwhile, this year’s Suffolk Open Studios is upon us again – see the shot below, preparing one of the works for display as part of the programme. My studio will be open the first 3 weekends in June: 2–3, 9–10 and 16–17. Please come and visit!

Photograph of British artist Hilary Barry preparing for the Suffolk Open Studios programme, June 2018.
Preparing for Suffolk Open Studios, June 2018

More details at www.suffolkopenstudios.org

Court Cupboard Gallery, Llantilio Pertholey

It’s been a long winter, so it’s good to kick off 2018 with a new show at the Court Cupboard Gallery, Llantilio Pertholey, just outside Abergavenny.

The exhibition runs 9 March–10 May and will feature new work drawn from my own memories of the surrounding area, so I’m very much looking forward to seeing it on display in what really is a wonderful location.

Visitors to a recent showing at Hilary Barry's painting studio
Visitors to a recent showing at the studio

You can learn more about The Court Cupboard Gallery and its work with local artists at www.courtcupboardgallery.co.uk.

Suffolk Open Studios 2017

One of the benefits of moving to Suffolk is the opportunity to join other artists on collaborative ventures such as this year’s Suffolk Open Studios.

I’ve already started preparing new work for the 2 weekends on which my studio will be open to the public: 17–18 and 24–25 June. Please put the dates in your diary now, to come and visit.

Photo of Hilary Barry preparing work for the 2017 Suffolk Open Studios
Preparing work for the 2017 Suffolk Open Studios

New studio!

The big news is that, following our move to Suffolk at the end of 2016, I now have my own studio with more space, excellent light and – almost a first for me – proper heating! It also doubles as a gallery, for me to show my new work. Here it is in the final stages of preparation:

Photo of Hilary Barry's new studio – the painting and working area
New studio – Painting and working area
Photo of Hilary Barry's new studio – the storage and cleaning up area
New studio – Storage and cleaning up area