Return to Tommy's Home Page
Enter the Gallery
Read the Artist's Statement
Details of Exhibitions
This is the Recent CV

Tommy Barr is a Northern Ireland based painter, born in Dromore and with his studio in Banbridge. He has spent most of his working life in these small towns on the outskirts of the capital, Belfast.

Current memberships

International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences
International Society of Speleological Artists
ConnectingArt (founding member)
Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Council Arts Committee

Selected exhibitions

201650 Shades of Red, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Solo Exhibition - Un Beau Refuge, French Cultural Centre, Boston, USA

2015Liberation 70th Anniversary, Sandol Arts Centre, Gunsan, North Jeolla Provence, S. Korea
Ukraine-Europe, City Hall, Kiev, Ukraine
Solo Exhibition - Eternal Circle, Chateau Kromeriz & Gallery U Artuse, Czech Republic
Intercultural Links, United Nations Palace, Geneva, Switzerland

2014Art in the Air, Sasaran, Kuala Selangor, Malaysia
Collection of the Inter-Art Foundation, Muzeul Naţional de Istorie, Romania
Invited Artist - Dublin Biennial, Ireland
Presenting Cultures, Atelier of Alexandria, Egypt
Solo Exhibition - The first years of agreement, Chateau du Bost, Bellerive, France
Hallhato Hang Foundation, Vidovszky Bela Gallery, Gyomaendrod, Hungary
Terchova Symposium of Modern painting, Slovakia

2013Meanings, Gallery Stalowa, Warsaw, Poland
Art and Harmony, Palmira Palace, Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine
Expozitia de Tabara Internationala, Inter-Art Galleries, Aiud, Romania
Without Borders, Altiero Spinelli Building, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
Nations-Water-Culture, UN Headquarters, New York, USA
Solo Exhibition – Eternal Circle, Bulgarian State Cultural Institute, Mission Gallery

2012Solo Exhibition - Un Beau Refuge, German Huguenot Museum
Solo Exhibition - Sticks & Stones, St John's Chapel, Princess Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

2011The Palette of Freedom Project, National Museum of Russian Art, Kiev, Ukraine
Inaugural Exhibition, Cavafy Museum, Alexandria, Egypt
Solo Exhibition - Un Beau Refuge, The Island (Lisburn City Gallery), N. Ireland
Conexiuni, Muzeul de Istorie, Aiud, Romania
International Society of Speleological Artists, Buxton City Museum & Gallery, England

2010Solo Exhibition - Un Beau Refuge, Greyfriars Municipal Gallery, Waterford, Ireland
Solo Exhibition - Sacred Trees, Glastonbury Abbey, Vale of Avalon, England
Solo Exhibition - Un Beau Refuge, Musée Rochelais, La Rochelle, France

2009Cigognes et Nature, Regional Gallery of Rabat, Morocco
Solo Exhibition - Brown Bull Walking, National Museum of Ireland
International Society of Speleological Artists, Wells Museum, Somerset, England
Solo Exhibition - Brú na Bóinne, (Newgrange & Knowth), Ireland

2008International Symposium of the Art Book, Cairo Atelier, Egypt
Mediteran 2008, Croatian Academy of Science and Art, Palace Milesi, Split, Croatia
Trogir Municipal Museum, Cate Dujsin-Ribar Gallery,Croatia
Never Dream, Hovinkartano Gallery, Hämeenlinna, Finland
Solo Exhibition - The shape of things remaining, Cavan County Museum, Ireland

2007International Society of Speleological Artists, Wells Museum, Somerset, England
Lessedra 6, Sofia, Bulgaria
Shelter (70th anniversary exhibition), Casa Cultural, Gernika, Spain
Connecting Art, A visual walk in the old city, City Museum, Xanthi, Greece

2006Le ciel rouge, Gallery 13 Bis, St-Pierre, Reunion
Dialogues #1, Gallery Vlassis, Thessolonika, Greece
Connecting Art, Delegates Hall, United Nations Building, New York, USA
Solo Exhibition - Placing Saint Patrick, National Museums Northern Ireland (Armagh)
The European Union Spring Exhibition, Orient Gallery, Amman, Jordan

20056X6 Showcase, Central Academy of Art, Beijing, PR China
Karantina Adasi, Urla Tahaffuzhane, Izmir, Turkey
Solo Exhibition - Complex primitive, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, N. Ireland
Biennale of Contemporary Arts, Arad State Theatre and Museum of Arts, Romania

Annually  ISSA Salon, Hidden Earth Conference, England

Selected installations

2012Berlin Biennale, Germany (with Art-Wiki Group)
Globalisation-Connections-Time, Kunsthalle, Hanover, Germany (with Yasemin Yilmaz)

2009Echoes, Fourknocks Passage Tomb, Meath, Ireland (Solo)
PLUS YOU, Woburn Studios, Slade School of Art, London (with Brigitte Williams)

2008Text, Cairo Atelier, Cairo, Egypt (Group)
Urikivi Puut, Uhrikivi Sacred Site, Finland (with Josef Hasenöhrl)
Labor, The Kunstraum, Vaduz, Liechtenstein (with Vlado Franjevic)

Selected festivals

2015XXVI Festival Forfest, Kroměříž, Czech Republic (Solo)
2014Sasaran Interntional ArtFestival, Kuala Selangor, Malaysia (Group)
2014Boz'Art Festival, Bellerive, France (Guest of Honour)
2013Programme for the Irish Presidency of the EU, Europe (Solo)
2013Bulgarian National Day, Bulgaria (Solo)
2012Edinburgh Festival, Scotland(Solo)
2012Culture Works Festival, Toronto, Canada (with Transcultural Exchange)
2011Cavafia (12th), Cairo - Alexandria, Egypt (Group)
2010La Nuit des Musées, France (Solo)
2009Printemps des Arts, Region of Rabat, Morocco (Group)
2007Aniversario 70, Gernika, Spain (Group)
2007Cultural Events in the old city, Xanthi, Greece (with ConnectingArt)
2006Saint Patrick's Day, Ireland (Soo)

Selected projects

Symbols (3 person project with Daniela Todorova and Todor Todorov)
Venues    2010 Atrium Gallery, Ministry of Justice, Dublin, Ireland
2009 Ministry of Culture, Shredets Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

Stand my ground, Stand your ground (2 person project with Ozlem Kalkan Erenus)
Venues    2009 Trans Cultural Exchange Conference, Boston, USA
2008 Taksim Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul, Turkey
2008 Tower Museum, Londonderry, N. Ireland

Selected illustrated talks and lectures

2016Visiting Lecture, Lesley University College of Art, Cambridge, USA
2015From the Stone Age to the Troubles, Muzeum Kroměřížska, Czech Republic
2014Irish Art, School SJK Chung Wah, Malaysia
2013Irish Art - A short history, Inter-Art Foundation, Transylvania, Romania
2013Invited speaker, NY Internet Week, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, USA
2012Material Culture, Royal Hospital Kilmainham (IMMA), Ireland

Works in selected major public collections (since 2005)

The French National Archive, Paris
Jordan National Gallery of Fine Art
National Gallery (Foreign Art), Sofia, Bulgaria
National Museum of Bulgaria, Academy of Science and Arts
National Museum of Ireland
National Museums Northern Ireland (Armagh)
French Cultural Centre, Boston, USA
International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, New York, USA
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport, London, England
Arad Museum of Arts, Romania
National Museum of Unification, Romania
Muzeum Kroměřížska, Czech Republic
Cavafy Museum, Alexandria, Egypt
PGU Zilina, Slovakia
Belarus State Academy of Arts, Minsk
German Huguenot Museums (Berlin and Bad Karlshafen)
L' Association Marocaine des Arts
City of Edinburgh Municipal Collection, Scotland

Selected activities (since 2005)

Guest of Honour, Boz'Art Festival 2014
Demonstration, Annual Midnight Market, Ruelle, France
Curator, Dromore Cathedral Annual Exhibition (2001-2013), N. Ireland
Schools workshop series, Lisburn City Museum and Linen Centre, N. Ireland
Curator of the 2010 group exhibition "Trail", Saint Patrick Centre, Downpatrick, N. Ireland
Book Launch, Travels in a Small World 2005 - 2008
Writer for the ISSA Journal (ISSN 1750 - 9386)
Poster for "IS MISE" exhibition, 411 Galleries, Shanghai, PR China
Member of the International Committee (Judge), 2007 Adana Biennial, Turkey
Teaching workshops in Ireland and England
Studio based workshops in Turkey, Jordan, Spain, Finland, Croatia, Egypt, Morocco, Ukraine,
                                       Romania, Slovakia, France and Malaysia


1982 to 1984    University of Plymouth, England
1984 to 1985    University of Hertfordshire, England
1994 to 1996    University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

Working with many great painters in workshops such as those listed above.
Contact Tommy
View the Artists Journal