2016 © copyright Tom Barker

Biography

I was born in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex and currently live in Brighton.

 

I studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths. After 10 years in the London squatting scene I rented a flat, trained as a propmaker and then worked in the TV and theatre industries for 20 years, eventually specialising in children’s game shows as a games and set designer.

 

I have now returned to my roots as a fine artist and I am passionate about exploring socio-political environmental issues through my work.

 

I have always worked behind the scenes but in 2014, through my desire to make art that might 'change the world', I became a part of a forum theatre group, working in various roles.

 

In the last 2 years I have taken part in 2 facilitated nature immersion  journeys Seeing Through Nature's Eyes and Call Of The Wild. In 2011 I completed a Permaculture Design course. I am very interested in working in areas that combine care for the environment, community and education.

Career History

2020

Rebel Boob for Speak Up Act Out at The Old Market and Brighton Fringe

Scenographer.

2018

Radical social practice at Fringe Arts Bath

Devised, curated and exhibited a version of The Teddy Bears Picnic within this group show.

2017

Outside In Parts 1 & 2 at Fringe Arts Bath

I showed two linked, site specific installations adapted from the Prairie Spirits show.

2016-2017

Tight Modern Gallery Site Manager for Creative Future

2016

The Vagina Monologues for Speak Up Act Out at The Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Set and costume designer.

2016

Ghost Net Whale, Untangled,  Creations for Cetaceans for World Cetacean Alliance

Created a mobile/sculpture using driftwood, 'ghost netting' and photography.

2015   

Prairie Spirits at the Sussex Prairies.

I curated this family art show, building a site specific installation using photography and found objects exploring the idea of a world reclaimed by nature.

2014    

I co-founded Speak Up Act Out a forum theatre group. We run workshops and produce shows exploring issues within society (such as male sexual abuse, homelessness, young criminals, family law suits and homophobia) focusing on marginal groups..

  

If you go down in the woods today… Brighton Fringe.

I conceived and curated this group art show for which I built an outdoor site specific installation, using donated soft toys and photography, aimed at encouraging a dialogue on humanity’s impact on the world.

 

Picnic at the prairies at the Sussex Prairies

The teddy bears had a summer holiday at the prairies.

 

2013    

In The Beginning Was the End. Dreamthinkspeak. Associate designer.

 

2012    

The Rest Is Silence. Dreamthinkspeak. Construction manager.

 

2002 – 2010     

Raven. CBBC. Games and set designer. I worked from the original concept, on all aspects of design, with the producer to combine a children’s game show with a drama, creating an original format that won 2 BAFTAs. Completed 10 series and a spin off series.

 

1994-2010     

During this period I worked as a production/set/games designer, art director, visual effects technician, model and prop maker for various companies (BBC, CBBC, Channel 4, Granada, Carlton, DHFX, Artem etc.).

 

1988-2002     

Worked as a freelance artist, furniture maker, and interior designer.

 

Education

 

2019

Seeing Through Nature's Eyes, a year long nature immersion course with Cultivating Curiosity

2018

Call Of The Wild, a year long foundation in outdoor education leadership with Wildwise

DIY 15, Tiny Revolutions, a workshop hosted by LADA

2017

International theatre workshop with The Freedom Theatre, Jenin Refugee Camp, Palestine

DIY 14, Performing Landscapes, a residential workshop hosted by LADA

2016- 2019

Degree-level course in Social Science and Humanities with Free University Brighton

2014          

Mymarc Volunteer Training Programme Supporting young people with learning disabilities/or autism to participate in art activities

 

2011           

Permaculture Design Course, Sector 39, Llanfyllin Workhouse

 

1992           

Diploma Propmaking, CSSD

 

1985-88    

BA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College

 

1984           

Art Foundation, Sir John Cass School of Art