Join Scottish artist Claire Barclay in conversation with Katy Hessel (Art Historian, Curator, Broadcaster, and founder of the influential Instagram, @thegreatwomenartists). This event coincides with ‘Claire Barclay: Tenuity’, Stephen Friedman Gallery’s fourth annual exhibition of prints by gallery artists. This new iteration of ‘Multiple’ brings together series of screen prints spanning three years of Barclay's practice.
Barclay was born in 1968 in Paisley, Scotland and she now lives and works in Glasgow. Her sculptures and installations explore themes and different modes of making in relation to craft and industrial production. By using a mix of everyday and precious materials, Barclay challenges preconceptions of materials in a highly poetic and intuitive way.
In recent years, printmaking has become an increasingly important part of Barclay's work, and was Printmaker in Residence at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland between 2018 and 2019, where she further developed her print practice. This exhibition presents previously unseen works alongside newly made monoprints in advance of Barclay’s major solo exhibition at The MAC, Belfast in 2022.
Barclay is a leading figure in a generation of graduates from the Glasgow School of Art in the 1990s, a group of young artists studying in the city who rose to the fore of the contemporary art world. She has since been the subject of numerous solo presentations including Tate Britain, London (2004); Camden Arts Centre, London (2008); MUDAM, Luxembourg (2009); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2010) and Tramway, Glasgow (2017). She represented Scotland as part of the Scottish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Italy in 2003.
Barclay's works are included in prominent collections including Scottish National Galleries, Edinburgh, Scotland; British Council, UK; Tate, London; MUDAM, Luxembourg; Arts Council Collection, London, UK; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden and Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts,