Elastic escaping from the Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol, July 2016


My practice explores concepts of restraint, constraint, resistance and adaptation articulated through film, animation, print and drawing. Follow me on @barbara_dougan.

As Barbara Taylor, I have had a long career in the visual arts including as the national Programme Director for enquire and Director of Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery - for project archive click here. I currently work as a freelance artist, curator and consultant.

The film Guidecca, was selected for the Royal West of England Academy Open in Bristol, 1 Oct – 6 Dec 2017 (made in association with Conal Dougan.

I am the curator for grove, a project space for artists. This September I was the grove artist, continuing a series of explorations of the grove site by the three past resident artists. The new work responds to the old lime pit, the current development in the garden, changes in my family and to it's home for more than twenty years.

I am Editor of the engage Journal, the international journal of visual art and gallery education.

I am the evaluator for the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award. This annual award is hosted by a gallery or museum and enables an artist to carry out education work and create a public commission. In 2016 the Award was hosted by Aspex in Portsmouth, with artist Alison Carlier.