DR IRENE BARBERIS
Born London, United Kingdom; resides Australia
ARTIST, RESEARCHER, ACADEMIC, CURATOR, DIRECTOR
Co DIRECTOR [WITH WILMA TABACCO]: GALERY LANGFORD120,
DIRECTOR: GLOBAL CENTRE FOR DRAWING, METASENTA PUBLICATIONS, METASENTA ®
SENIOR LECTURER: RMIT UNIVERSITY, SOA, MELBOURNE, HONG KONG
CRITIC AND FACULTY, ROME ART PROGRAM, NY/ROME
VISITING FACULTY MEMBER, SACI INSTITUTE, FLORENCE, ITALY/NY
INVITATIONAL MEMBER, ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS COUNCIL SACI INSTITUTE, FLORENCE.
INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR: CTL EXHIBITIONS AND CONFERENCES: DUBAI, FLORENCE, BRAZIL
2022 Sol LeWitt Chester Studio, Chester, USA
Yale University (Research)
Mahler LeWitt Studio, Spoleto, Italy
Sol LeWitt Studio, Praiano, Italy
British School in Rome
2019 Sol LeWitt Chester Studio, Chester, USA
Mahler LeWitt Studio, Spoleto, Italy
Sol LeWitt Studio, Praiano, Italy
British School in Rome, Italy
2018 Washington DC. New York, Rome, Florence, Hong Kong.
2017 Brussels, London, Canterbury, Rome, Paris
2016 Hong Kong, Brussels, Weilsbeke, Angers, Paris, London, Manchester
2015 Hong Kong, Brussels, Rome, Florence, Weilsbeke, London.
2014 Kerala, Southern India, London, Brussels, Rome, Hong Kong, Dubai, UAE.
2013 Hong Kong, Rome, New York, Southern India.
2012 London, Dubai, Rome, Hong Kong
2011 New York, Manchester, London, Rome, Dubai.
2010 Hong Kong, Guangzhou, London.
2009 Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London, Hong Kong, Venice, Rome, Basel, Berlin, London, Guangzhou, China, Tibet. Zurich, Lucerne, London.
2008-09 Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Bahrain, Dubai, London, Belfast, Ireland, Edinburgh, Manchester, Chicago, New Harmony, New York, Los Angeles.
2007 Hong Kong, Guangzhou China, London, Belfast, Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow, Manchester, United Kingdom. Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, USA
2006 Research: Paris (residency), Barcelona, London, Hong Kong, Korea, Tokyo, Japan, Shanghai
2005 Research, San Francisco, Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris
2004 Research / Installation. Paris, Germany, United Kingdom, China, Hong Kong.
2003-04 Residency, Cite Internationale des Arts
2001 Doctor of Philosophy: Victoria University, Melbourne.
2000-96 Candidate for Doctor of Philosophy, Victoria University, Melbourne
Research Field Trip: New York, London, Oxford, Cambridge. Belgium, Paris, Chartres, Angers, Bourge, Le Man, Avignon, Ravenna, Venice, Perugia, Spoleto, Florence, Rome
1992-94 Master of Fine Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University
1979-82 Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship, Victorian College of the Arts, taken up in Paris, France.
1980 -1983 Research, atelier installations; USA, Britain, Europe.
1975-76 Graduate Diploma of Art and Design, Preston Institute of Technology.
1974 Study tour, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Edinburgh, Dusseldorf, Basel, Milan,
Rome, Amsterdam (with Australian Artist Robert Hunter).
1972-73 Diploma of Fine Art, Prahran College of Advanced Education.
2001 Abstract and Figurative Elements of the Apocalypse and its Representations,
1996 - 01 PhD. Victoria, University, Melbourne.
1994 The Spiritual and the Mundane: Aspects of Scripture in the Modern World,
1992 - 94 Master of Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University
1978 Breakdown of Space / Build up of Colour, 1978-79 VCA. PG. Dip. Melbourne University
INNOVATION 2005 – 2009 – 2017
Metasenta Pty. Ltd® Founder and Managing Executive Director: Dr Irene Barberis Founding Benefactor: Mr Po Chung: Founder; Po and Helen Chung Foundation, Hong Kong. Metasenta® is an international research satellite which links Universities and the wider Global Arts Community. The Metasenta Projects are instigated by Dr Irene Barberis and are in collaboration with International artists and Universities. www.metasenta.com
120 Langford Street: Gallery complex: Langford120 Directors: Dr Wilma Tabacco & Dr Irene Barberis
The Global Centre for Drawing: Director: Dr Irene Barberis
Metaspace International: Curatorial Space, Director: Dr Irene Barberis
Global Centre for Drawing; Founder and Director (formally the International Centre for Drawing RMIT)
Metasenta Publications; Founder and Publisher
Global Art Intensive and Education Series
The Tapestry of Light Project
2018-19 Tapestry of Light, Museum of the Bible, Washington DC, I
Two international Residencies, USA, Italy.
Exhibition and Lecture SACI Gallery, New York, New York, USA
2018 Irene Barberis, Psychochoreography: A Confluence of Thinking; Adrian L Page & Irene Barberis (Curator), AbstractionTwentyEighteen, Irene Barberis & Wilma Tabacco, Langford120,Melbourne, Australia
2017 Tapestry of Light Project. Brussels Cathedral, Belgium, Canterbury Cathedral, United Kingdom
2016 Contemporary Australian Drawing#6
2015 Contemporary Australian Drawing #5m SACI Art Institute, Florence.
2014 Lines of Thought #3, Crossforms x2, Langford120, Melbourne, Australia
Apocalypse Re Looking/Tapestry of Light, installation, Visual Arts Centre, Latrobe University, Bendigo.
Bower Bird:chairpouftablebagbookbinbottleblue, installation, Blue on Blue curated by Dr. Wilma Tabacco, Gallery Langford120, Melbourne, Australia
Nature Mort. 'Dust 2012 - August18, 2014, Museum of Abject Sentimentality curated by Dr Philip Edwards, RMIT SOA Gallery, Melbourne.
2018 'On Drawing’ Invitational: Chinese University, in collaboration with Zurich University of the Arts, CUHK, Hong Kong.
'EDGE (40 Artists)', Langford120,
Passage Gallery; Langford120 GCfD International Program: Carole Robb (NY/Rome), Sarah Duyshart (RCA, London), Louise Lee, (Hong Kong), Janet Passehl (USA)
Global Centre for Drawing Space: ‘
'...AND THEN…’ 14 International Artists, HK, Germany, USA, UK, Aust.
2017 Contemporary Australian Drawing #7 (100 Artists), Four Drawings: Barberis, Bradbeer, Southall, Tabacco, Langford120
2016 'Contemporary Australian Drawing #6: Spatial Kinetics: The body and memory, somatics, transformation and change', The Bury Art Museum, Manchester, UK
2015 'Contemporary Australian Drawing#5: Facsimilies', SACI Gallery, SACI, Florence
Global Drawing Audit#1: Five Countries, 36 students, 6 Regional Editors/Curators, SACI
Institute, Florence, Italy
2014 ‘Location’, 32 International Artists, Dubai/Melbourne; Jam Jar Gallery, Dubai, Langford120, Melbourne
‘On Location’, Rome Art Program, American University in Dubai
2013 'Five Places', collaboration with Bury Museum, Bury, UK, Langford120, Melbourne
'Thirteen', 17 Artists: [Australia 8, UK 4, USA 2, Hong Kong 3], Langford120, Melbourne, Australia.
'Portraiture in Focus': Anita Taylor (UK) Irene Barberis (Australia) Helen Sturgess (UK), Janet McKenzie Langford120, Melbourne, Australia,
'Contemporary Australian Drawing #4: Reading the Space', New York Studio School, Main Gallery, N Y, NY
'Re the Body #1', Bernhard Sachs, Wendy Stavrianos, Todd Fuller, Carl Scriberras of Flatline Dance Co., Langford120, Melbourne, Australia.
2012 'Re: The Body 2': An exploration of the body - any body, Irene Barberis, Sarina Lirosi, Amie Oliver, Elizabeth Presa, Langford120, Melbourne
Bartlett, Byrt, Dall’Ava, Langford120, Melbourne
'A Selection from Crossing the Line#2': Drawing in the Middle East exhibition, Gallery
'Contemporary Australian Drawing #', Langford120
2011 'Lines Of Thinking', Langford120, Melbourne.
2022 SolLeWitt/Irene Barberis, Volume 1. Author I. Barberis, Essays, Lucy R. Lippard, Janet Passehl, Metasenta Publications
The Black Sheep Murmurs by Louise Lee, texts by Irene Barberis and Godwin Bradbeer, printed in Hong Kong
2021 Choreographing Colour, essay 'The Studio as a Place of Communion' Janet Passehl, Curator/Director Sol LeWitt Collection USA. Metasenta Publications
Reading the Space: Dancers on a plane (Studio music, Sol LeWitt Studio, Chester, USA)
‘Temps De Poisson’ (step/flight of the fish; a ballet step), essay Dr. Anne Scott Wilson, Metasenta Publications
2020 England: Talking of Art, Contemporary Artists from England, L. Benetton, P. Holmes, F. Gavin, Imagio Mundi Collection, Fabrica, 2020, Italy
2016/19 Barberis, I. 2016, Tapestry of Light: Intersections of Illumination, with Michelle. P. Brown (UK), David E. Mainwaring (Aust) W Tabacco (Aust), J McKenzie (UK), Museum of the Bible, USA
Le Witt /Barberis Project, Ed J. Zimmer, Melbourne, Australia.
2018 Chromatopia: An illustrated History of Colour, David Coles, Thames and Hudson, 2018, Australia
2017 Tapestry of Light, I Barberis, Gesher, Vol. 5 No. 3 November 2017, Journal of The Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria) Inc.
2014 Barberis, I. 2014, 'A parallel paper: Blurring edges', in The Drawn Word: 'Even if I write my name I am drawing', Studio International and the Studio Trust, New York, NY, USA, pp. 106-111 ISBN 9780983259954
Barberis, I. 2014 Tapestry of Light: Intersections Across the Gulf, in Design Research Institute Publication, Designs on the Future, Urban Technology Nexus, Melbourne Books. ISBN 9781922129536
Barberis, I. Issue “Now Drawing…”. 6 invited International Writer/Artists [Brett Littman [The Drawing Centre New York, Domenico de Clario – Australia, Jane Dyer - China, Janet McKenzie - Scotland, Stephen Farthing, UK, Marcelo Guimeres Lima, Brazil, Godwin Bradbeer, Australia], Guest Editor, Imprint Journal, Drawing Edition, June 2014; Article: pp.6, 8.
2013 Barberis, I. 2012 What is a good drawing? Irene Barberis (response) in the Good Drawing, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK, pp.78 – 80. ISBN 9781908339010
Barberis, I. 2012, Apocalypse /Revelation: Re Looking, RMIT with Metasenta Publications, Michelle P. Brown, David E. Mainwaring, Virginia Fraser, Bernard Muir. pp.710 – 15 ISBN 9780987272447
Barberis, I. 2013, Portraiture in Focus, & Drawing on Two Worlds: Embarkation. Anita Taylor, Irene Barberis, Helen Sturgess, Janet McKenzie, Sophia Errey, Chapter: Interstices: Personal musings on the portrait. Metasenta Small Book Publication #4, Hong Kong. Pp49 – 67 ISBN 9780987272447
OTHER RESEARCH PROJECTS/UNIVERSITY WORKS
2018-19 Preparation research/International Residencies, USA / Italy
Exhibition and lecture, SACI Gallery, New York City, New York, USA
Preparation research/Lecture series and floor talks, Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC. USA
2017 Keynote Address, Tapestry of Light Project, RMIT University, Melbourne (Tapestry of Light in Europe)
2016 Symposium Paper: Crossing the Line#3: Global Drawing: Intersections in Firenze, Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall (Palazzo dei Cartelloni), SACI Institute, Florence, Italy
Elected International Director: Crossing the Line#3, Global Drawing, Firenze, Symposium SACI Institute, Florence, Italy.
International Critic and Faculty Lecture: Apocalypse and the Church X2 (Lecture), Rome Art Program, Rome, Italy.
2015 International Critic and Faculty Lecture: Apocalypse and the Church (Lecture), Rome Art Program, Rome, Italy.
Master Drawing Workshop, SACI Institute, Florence Italy.
2014 Artist Residency, Tasara Center, Southern India. Tapestry of Light weaving/thread research.
Apocalypse: Re Looking (Lecture) Latrobe University, Bendigo/Midura link up, Bendigo Campus.
Elected International Chair for the Crossing the Line #2: Drawing in the Middle East Conference. Editorial board for CTL#2
International Critic and Faculty Lecture, Rome Art program, Rome
Scholar’s residency, British School in Rome, Rome, Italy.
Crossing the Line #2: Drawing in the Middle East; Paper; Location: Tracing the Lineage: Deconstructing the title, American University in Dubai.
Master Drawing Workshop, American University in Dubai. United Arab Emirates
2013: Collaborative project: 5 Places #2, with Tony Trehy, Director, Bury Art Museum: Tony Trehy, Curator, Magnus Quaife (UK), Stephen Millar
UK), Langford120, Melbourne, Australia
Chair; Morning Session, Drawn Out Conference, RMIT/UAL. Melbourne, Australia
Invitation: International Critic and International Faculty for the The Rome Art Program: The Apocalypse in Church Art in Rome, a focus on the Maria Maggiore Cathedral,
and Maria Trastevere
‘Reading the Space’, Curator’s Paper for CAD#4, New York Studio School, New York New York.
SELECTED INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS
2018 On Drawing, collaboration Chinese University, Hong Kong, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland.
RMIT University, Florence Global Intensive (11 students), Florence Italy.
2017 Tapestry of Light Project, Brussels Cathedral, Belgium, Canterbury Cathedral, UK.
2016 Tapestry of Light Project, Weilsbeke, Flanders Belgium (process works)
2015 International Director/Chair, Crossing the Line#3, SACI, Florence, Italy (ten countries participating)
2014 The Tapestry of Light; Lux, Lumen and Illumination: Dr I. Barberis, Professor D. Mainwarring, Emerita Professor M.P. Brown, Professor B. Muir. Dr Janet McKenzie, RMIT University, Melbourne/UK
Crossing the Line: Drawing in the Middle East 2, International Conference and exhibition program Global Centre for Drawing, American University in Dubai.
2013 The Art and Science of Illumination: Tapestry of Light; intersections across the gulf; CI, Dr. I. Barberis, Professor D. Mainwarring, Emerita Professor M. P. Brown, Professor B. Muir. Artist Residency, Tasara Experimental Weaving, Sth. India
The Global Centre for Drawing: Reading the Space: Contemporary Australian Drawing #2, New York Studio School, New York.
Metasenta Publishing: Portraits in Focus, Sopha Errey, Anita Taylor, Irene Barberis, Helen Sturgess, Janet McKenzie. (Crossing the Line: Drawing in the Middle East
(Exec. Ed. I Barberis. Ed. J Mckenzie), Tapestry Of Light, Executive Editor I Barberis. Editor. J. Mckenzie)
2012 The Art and Science of Illumination: Tapestry of Light; Intersections Across the Gulf; CI, Dr I. Barberis, Professor D. Mainwarring, Professor M. Brown, Professor B. Muir. (exhibitions, publication: Apocalypse: Re Looking)
Metaspace International: Gallery, 120 Langford Street, Melbourne. Curator, Crossing the Line: Drawing n the Middle East, Australian component.
The Global Centre for Drawing; The DrawingSpace, Melbourne; 120 Langford Street, Melbourne.
Montana Group (formerly Artists in Leadership Project) Dialogue #2.
Metasenta : a new Paradigm in Arts Education © Palgrave Macmillan/Metasenta Publication. 2011 (TBC)
3 small Publications; Metasenta Publications, 2011/2012 (S. Farthing, T. Trehy, M. Lima)
Contemporary Australian Drawing#1, Metasenta Commission, Palgrave Macmillan Publication; Author; Dr Janet McKenzie, contextualising essay, Dr Christopher Heathcote, Coda Dr. Irene Barberis
2011 International Chair, Crossing the Line: Drawing in the Middle East, International Drawing Conference. RMIT University collaboration American University in Dubai.
Metaspace International: National and International Curatorial Gallery, 120 Langford Street, Melbourne.
The Global Centre for Drawing; The DrawingSpace, Melbourne; 120 Langford Street, Melbourne.
Montana Group (formerly Artists in Leadership Project) Dialogue 2.
5 Places Project, Bury UK, Finland, Melbourne, Hong Kong.
Curated “ 5 Places – Chinese Artists, Bury Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom, in tandem with the Asia Triennial, Manchester2.
Collaborative Drawing Project: Global Drawing: Irene Barberis & Stephen Farthing (in process).
Metasenta: a new Paradigm in Arts education © Macmillan/Metasenta Publication. 2011
5 small Publications; Metasenta Publications, 2011/2012
Contemporary Australian Drawing, Macmillan/Metasenta Publication (in process) Metasenta Commissioned, Dr Irene Barberis; Author; Dr Janet McKenzie, contextualising essay, Christopher Heathcote
2010 Metasenta Hong Kong: the DrawingSpace, Hong Kong, The Drawing Space, Dubai
5 Places Collaboration: Irene Barberis & Tony Trehy; Bury, Melbourne, Hong Kong.
International Centre for Drawing: Directors: Dr Irene Barberis, Melbourne; Professor Stephen Farthing, London: 3 exhibitions.
2009 Across the Gulf, Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi.
Venice Agendas, 53rd Venice Bienniale, Wimbledon College of Art
Moving Cultures: Intercultural Dialogue, Tibet-Guangzhou – Western Team/10 Eastern team/7.
Across the Gulf: 22 Artists Collaboration with The 2009 Arc Biennale, Brisbane
Across the Gulf 2009 – Publication Metasenta Publishing.
Artists in Leadership – The Montana Group Lucerne Switzerland.
2008 The Chicago Project, Chicago. Publication; The Chicago Project: Fold-out Futures, Volume 1+2
RMIT Publishing, RMIT University, Edinburgh College of Art, Design Institute, RMIT, University
Co -Project Leader, with Professor Karen Forbes, Head ECA Painting and Drawing, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Moving Cultures: 2007 -2009. China, Australia, UK, Ireland, USA. (Twelve Universities, Four Associates)
Global Cities Institute RMIT University. Western Project Leader, Eastern Project Leader, Prof. Isadora Jiang
The Drawing Space, Melbourne, International and National Artists, Activating Dormant Spaces, The Design Institute, RMIT University. Instigator and Director: Dr Irene Barberis
The Centres Project, 2008-2009: Co Curator Irene Barberis and Steven Ball RMIT University, Central Saint Martins, The University of Arts, London.
Across the Gulf: Bahrain, Dubai Abu Dhabi, Metasenta Projects, American University in Dubai.
2021 #5 Sol LeWitt Studio (USA) | Irene Barberis: Choreographing Colour, Stephen McLaughlan
Gallery, Melbourne (catalogues x 2)
2020 #4 Irene Barberis: A Response to Sol LeWitt’s Italian Studios, curated by Milos Zahradka
Maiorana, Tibaldi Contemporanea Gallery, Rome, Italy (handout essay)
2019 #1 Studio Exhibition: Sol LeWitt Studio, Chester Connecticut, USA
#2 A Response to Sol LeWitt’S Studio; Variations and Compositions, SACI Gallery, New York, USA.
Solo exhibition: A 21st Century Apocalypse: Development exhibition. Curated by Amy Van
Dyke and EM. Prof. Michelle. P. Brown, Museum of the Bible, Washington DC.USA
2019/2020 (film/video catalogue x 2)
The Tapestry of Light: A 21st Century Apocalypse, Curated by Amy Van Dyke and EM. Prof.
Michelle. P. Brown Museum of the Bible, Washington DC.USA -2019 2020) (handout and digital handbook)
#3 Senza cornice: in corso / Unframed: in progress, Mahler LeWitt Studios, Spoleto, Italy
2018 Psychochoreography: a confluence of thinking, Langford120 Galleries 1,2,3 and Ellipsis Gallery, Langford120, Melbourne, Australia
Who’s afraid..., with Wilma Tabacco, Ellipsis Gallery, Langford120, Melbourne
Transitions, Gallery 2 and 3, Langford120 Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2017 The Tapestry of Light: Intersections of Illumination, Curators, Alain Arnould and Emerita
Professor Michelle. P. Brown, Brussels Cathedral, Belgium (catalogue)
The Tapestry of Light: Intersections of Illumination, Curators, Jan Leandro and Em. Prof. Michelle P. Brown, Chapter House, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, UK
2016 Re Forming the Line: blow, cut, melt, Langford120 Galleries, Melbourne, Australia
Reforming the Line in Illuminating Configurations, Curator Tony Trehy, The Bury Art Museum, Manchester, UK. (catalogue)
2018 …and then… three works, Langford120, Melbourne
Psychochoreography: a confluence of thinking, Irene Barberis & Adrian L Page (curator I Barberis), Langford120, Melbourne
Who’s afraid…? /Wilma Tabacco, Ellipsis Gallery, Langford120, Melbourne
2017 Tapestry of Light: Intersections of Illumination, Brussels Cathedral, Belgium
Tapestry Of Light: Intersections of Illumination, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, UK
Wall Drawing –Langford120, Melbourne
2016 Re Forming the Line: blow, cut, melt, Langford120, Melbourne.
Illuminating configurations, The Bury Art Museum, United Kingdom.
2015 All I wanted was the cut space pinned to the wall, Langford120, Melbourne
Vision du Ciel, Langford120, Melbourne
2014 Lines of Thought #3
Revelation /Apocalypse< Visual Arts Centre, Latrobe University, Bendigo Victoria
2013 Possibility Drawings: Cut it out! It’s a wonderful world, Exhibition, Thirteen, Langford120, Melbourne, Aust.
Portraiture in Focus: a selection, Langford120, Melbourne, Australia
Tapestry of Light Lux, Lumen and Illumination. Convergence exhibition, curator, Fleur Watson, RMIT Design Research Institute, RMIT, Melbourne Australia
Silhouettes and coloured threads: Re the body #2: An exploration of the body – any body, Langford120, Melbourne, Australia
2012 Apocalypse/ Re Looking 1996 – 2012. Langford120, Melbourne, Australia.
2011 First Breath Last Breath’; Breathe, installation with Mike Parr, Bury Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester, UK.
The Tapestry of Light; The Art & Science of Illumination and the Photon; an installation with Professor David Mainwaring, Gallery Tashkeel, Dubai & Sharjah UAE.
2009 Apocalypse: Seven Histories in Futures, International Arc Biennale, Brisbane, 2009
Apocalypse: Room of Light, SOAG RMIT University, Melbourne
Writings on the Wall, Space Delawab, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Writings on the Wall 2, DrawingSpace, Melbourne
Tapestry of Light, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
2008- Drawing Revelation – Slow Release and Pink Mesh Holes, Project Space, Down Time, RMIT, Melbourne.
Installation: Rubber Constructions, JDMF. ECA Studio, Chicago, USA.
2007 Lux In Tenebris Lucet: with Godwin Bradbeer, SOAG, RMIT University, Melbourne.
20,000 Colours: The Artistic Gene; Four Generations of Women. Albury City Museum and Library, NSW.
2006 room of breath, Esa Jaske Gallery, Sydney
breath; skin; light: Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
splats : four foil dresses and a pink cross /END frieze - Atelier show, Cite Internationale des Arts.
2005 set of verbs/ visions and dreams, Square Gallery, RMIT City Campus Melbourne
Barberis from Lewitt, Esa Jaske Gallery, Sydney
2004 Lightlines; a Kinaesthetic Experience: reflections from the Frankston Public Art Project, in conjunction with
Steve Wright, of Steensen Varming Pty. Ltd. Span Gallery, Melbourne
Lineage of Light: Reading Wheels Esa Jaske Gallery, Sydney
Crosses Stars + Circles, Noosa Regional Gallery, Queensland
Don't Take my Breath Away # 6plastique: Salle 3A, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
Cut it Out! It’s a Wonderful World, Salle B, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
Line of thought #2, Atelier 8113, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris France.
2003 #4 plastique: pink, Helen Maxwell Gallery, ACT
#5plastique: specula, Span Galleries, Melbourne
2002 Plastique. with S!X designers, Span Galleries, Melbourne
Breath - Four Corners, Artists Commune, Contemporary Gallery, Hong Kong
2001 October Paintings – 2001, compositional fragmentation / reflected everyday. Gallery Three, Span Galleries, Melbourne
Breakdown of Space and the Build up of Colour 1978 – 2001, Built Pictures, SPAN Galleries, Melbourne.
2000 Seven Exhibitions. Abstract and Figurative Elements of the Apocalypse and its Representations, Span Galleries, Melbourne.
Gallery One: Abstract and Figurative Elements of the Apocalypse
Gallery Two: Mosaics, Manuscripts, End Signs and Equations
Gallery Three: Windows and Wood Cuts
Gallery Four: Emblems and Allegories
Gallery Five: Reading Revelation and Glow in the Dark Wall Drawing (taped work),
Factory / Studio Space: A Polymerous Still Life; 2,000 sq. ft.
Front Space: Info - Overflow + Aftermath.
Apocalypse Circles, St. John's Southbank, Melbourne.
1999 Star Painting, From the Apocalypse, Figurative and Abstract Elements, Victoria University Gallery, Melbourne.
Saying it with Flowers, with Wilma Tabacco, RMIT Gallery, Storey Hall, Melbourne.
Albury Regional Art Gallery, Albury, NSW The University Gallery, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania. Geelong Regional Art Gallery, Geelong, Victoria
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria.
1998 Saying it with Flowers (Wilma Tabacco), Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide.
Apocalypse Circle Series, and Ten Black Flowers, Linden Gallery, Melbourne.
1997 Red Horse / Revealed Geometry, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne
Line of Thought, Victoria University, Victoria University Gallery
1996 Charpentes, Latrobe Street Gallery, Melbourne.
1995 Four Exhibitions, The Spiritual and the Mundane - Aspects of Scripture in the Modern World. Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne.
Space One: Symbols and Types, Heavenly Jerusalem, (wall drawing)
Space Two: The Spiritual and the Mundane
Space Three: Wheels Within Wheels.
Space Four: Separated Gatherings.
Transitional Installation: Micrography / Ten Pieces, Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne.
1992 These Women - Where Honour's Due, Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne.
1991 Recent Paintings, Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne.
Geometer God, Luba Bilu – wall and window work, Melbourne.
1990 2 No. Plans, Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne.
Wall Drawing, Build a picture milk cartons, Room Four, Linden, St Kilda Arts Centre, Melbourne.
1988 Miniatures, From The Douce Apocalypse, Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne.
1986 Transitions; Angels lifting still lives into heaven – figurative and abstract constructions, United Artists, Melbourne.
Building Pictures: Ritz St Kilda – Majestic Studios, St Kilda.
1983-4 Mirrored Melbourne, two pieces-1000 images, Public Art Billboard Project, Victorian Ministry for the Arts
1979 100 paintings from the everyday and other materials, Pinacotheca, Melbourne.
1977 Fractured realism and coloured edges; Victorian Ministry for the Arts, Billboard, City Square, Melbourne. (Two Pieces, 12ft x 20ft, painted on wood)
CROSS /ROOM INSTALLATIONS
2007 INAROOM. London, Manchester, Chicago JDMF Gallery, Guangzhou, San Francisco
Cross Situations: Los Angeles, Cross, London, Chicago,
2006 my world my life, Melbourne, Australia
2006- INAROOM. Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris, London, Hong Kong
Cross Situations#10 Twelve Locations, Barcelona
2005 Cross Situations#8 Twelve Locations, San Francisco
Cross Situations#9 Twelve Locations, Los Angeles
2004 Cross Situations #2, Twelve locations, Frankfurt, Germany
Cross Situations #3, Twelve locations, Paris, France
Cross Situations #4 Twelve locations, London, Brighton, United Kingdom
Cross Situations #5 “‘Train Across’ the Interior of China”, China
Cross Situations #6 Twelve locations, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Israel
Cross Situations #7 Twelve locations, Sydney Australia
2003 Cross Situations#1.Twelve Locations, Melbourne, Australia
2000-03 Cut it out it’s a wonderful world, Melbourne, Paris
2000-90 The Spiritual and The Everyday, Melbourne
1985-90 Building Pictures; Ritz St Kilda, Majestic Studios, St Kilda, Melbourne
1985-76 The cluttered Life: continuum. studio installations:
Piles of Paris Pieces/ new compositions; Studio installations and paintings, Paris
Pieces of the everyday 1976, 48 pieces; Still lives and paintings, Melbourne
100 pieces 1977 - 1979, Maples Lane Studio, Pinacotheca, Melbourne
1974 wall and canvas; used-masking tape and gridded canvas pieces, Prahran College house, Prahran, Melbourne
DIALECTICS: ON BELIEF
2013 Intersections Across the Gulf; the Tapestry of Light
Reading the Apocalypse: Reading the Church: two Roman Churches, Rome, June
2012 Apocalypse: Re-looking
2006 Converging Perceptions of Hospitality and the Apocalypse: Dr. Irene Barberis, Dr. Elizabeth Presa, St. Johns
Lutheran Church, South Bank, Melbourne
2005 Intersections - reading the space: San Francisco Jewish Museum, USA
Intersections - reading the space, Irene Barberis, Parastou Forouhar, Jane Logemann, Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne (travelling)
Metaspace, Gertrude Street Galleries, Studio 11, Irene Barberis / Parastou Forouhar (with performance piece and film), Melbourne, Australia
1998 Saying it with Flowers, with Wilma Tabacco, RMIT Gallery, Storey Hall, Melbourne
CONVENOR/ORGANISER, INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
2011 INTERNATIONAL CHAIR: Crossing the Line: Drawing in the Middle East#1, intersections of transdisciplinary practice and understanding. American University in Dubai
Keynote 2011: Coda: Space of the Leap | Keynote as a Drawing
2013 The Tapestry of Light: Symposium, RMIT Design Research Institute, International speakers, Emerita Michelle P. Brown, Emeritus Professor Margaret Manion, and Professor Davis Mainwarring
2014 International Chair: Crossing the Line: Drawing in the Middle East #2, intersections of transdisciplinary practice and understanding.
Paper: ‘Psychochoreography’: everyone has their own mark.
American University in Dubai with The Global Centre for Drawing.
2021 May Day Exhibition, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne
2019 Pop and Beyond: Jim Dine, Sam Francis, Keith Haring, Robert Indiana, Robert Rauchenburg, Robert Motherwell, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt, Irene Barberis, Curator Nancy Pinney: Chester Gallery, Chester, Connecticut, USA.
XXV+ Celebrate, Curator Stephen Wickham, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
2018 On Drawing, Curator: Prof. Tam Wai Ping, Guest Curators: Dr Irene Barberis (Australia), Prof. Dominique Lammli (Switzerland), (Chinese University, Hong Kong.
...EDGE; 40 artists, Langford120, Melbourne
AbstractionTwentyEighteen, Langford120, Melbourne
2017 Chromatopia: A history of Colour, Tacit Gallery, Melbourne
Contemporary Australian Drawing #7 + Four Drawings: Barberis, Bradbeer, Southall and Tabacco
9x5 Now, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA, Melbourne University, Melbourne.
2016 Atrocities across my face: in solidarity, Mir Zehnen Do – We are here, Curated by Dr Helen Light, Glen Eira Art Centre, Melbourne
2015 Psychochoreography; concentric wall drawing, 2014, Contemporary Australian Drawing#5: Facsimiles, SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy
2014 Blue, Curator Wilma Tabacco, Gallery Langford120, Melbourne.
2013 Reading the Space: rainbow text, Contemporary Australian Drawing #4, New York Studio School, NY, USA
2013 5 Places Project: Magnus Quiffe, Stephen Millar, UK Curator Tony Trehy/irene Barberis, Langford120, Melbourne
Thirteen, Curator, Irene Barberis, Langford120, Melbourne
2012 Non Objective, Curator, Steve Wickham, Langford120 Gallery, Melbourne.
Contemporary Australian Drawing#2, University of the Arts, London.
2011 Lines of thinking, Global Centre for Drawing, Langford120 (November 2011)
Crossing the Line: Drawing in the Middle East; Intersections of understanding (November. 2011)
100 Drawings, Black Arts @ Global centre for Drawing, Langford120 (November 2011)
2010 Contemporary Australian Drawing 1, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
Magnetic Islands, Project Space, RMIT University, Melbourne
Speculum: Drawing Time: Metasenta Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Speculum: Drawing Time, Barberis, Farthing, Lydiat, Trehy, The DrawingSpace (a Metasenta Project) American University in Dubai.
2009 Tibet; Moving Cultures, The Art Space, Lhasa, Tibet
Tibet; Moving Cultures, Orange Gallery, Guangzhou, China
Interviews (sound): Venice Agendas, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, University of the Arts London
Agency of Words, Text Festival, Bury Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester, UK.
2008 Centres Project: Transcentric (Co Curator) Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London
Rolled up, Rolled Out: (Curator), SOAG, RMIT University, Melbourne
Fast Forward, Seventh Gallery Melbourne, ECA space, Edinburgh
2007 Fold out Futures Chicago Project, Chicago, USA
Drawing 2007 - Biennial Fundraiser, London, United Kingdom
Living Elvis, RMIT Storey Hall Gallery, RMIT University
Small Tapestries, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
2006 skin + peel with Dr Elizabeth Presa, St Johns Lutheran Church, Southbank, Melbourne
FLOAT, Project Space, RMIT, Melbourne
Summer Show, Esa Jaske, Gallery Artists, Esa Jaske Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2005 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize (finalist), Bendigo Regional Gallery, Victoria
Expiration: Project Space, RMIT University, Melbourne
Group Show; Selections from Sol Le Witt Personal Collection, Le Witt Gallery, Suffield Academy, Connecticut, USA
2004 Group Show / Span Galleries for Melbourne Art Fair
Precious Platters, Australian Jewish Museum, Melbourne
White Tube, White Tube Gallery, Hong Kong
Fluoresce, Area Gallery, Melbourne
2003 Return Nature: Pastoral. Nanjing, Shenghua Arts Centre, China
Gallery Artists- Esa Jaske Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2001 Colour, curated by Professor Jenny Zimmer, Smyrnios Gallery, Melbourne
A Studio in Paris. S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW (travelling to Paris, France)
Death and Decoration; Glen Eira City Gallery, Melbourne University of Tasmania, Launceston University Gallery, Tasmania; Mildura Art Centre, (2001-2002)
Country Arts, South Australian tour.
We are Australian, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, Canberra, ACT. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania. Glen Eira Art Gallery, Melbourne
2000 Death and Decoration, Plimsol Gallery, University of Tasmania, Tasmania
We Are Australian, Volvo Gallery, Sydney; venues Australia wide, Regional, Commercial Galleries
Seventh Melbourne Art Fair 2000, SPAN Galleries Stand, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, Victoria
1999 Exposure - Artists Portraits of Artists, Linden Gallery, Melbourne
Paper Works: Australian Artists, National University, Seoul University, Korea
Overview, Linden Gallery Melbourne
1998 Web, Warp, Weft, Woof, Manningham Gallery, Melbourne
Nature-Traditional and Contemporary Visions; Gympie Regional Gallery, Queensland
1997 Invitee, The 1997 John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize, National Gallery of Victoria
Latrobe Artists; Group Exhibition, Latrobe Street Gallery , Melbourne
Notations - 40 Artists, Victoria University Gallery, Melbourne
Cuts Irene Barberis and Wilma Tabacco, Victoria University Gallery, Melbourne
The Embellished Egg, Mornington Peninsular Regional Art Gallery, Victoria
The Wandering Jew, Myth and Metaphor; Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla, Victoria, Horsham Art Gallery,
Migration Museum, Adelaide South Australia, Shepparton Regional Art Gallery, Victoria
1996 The Wandering Jew; Myth and Metaphor, Australian Jewish Museum, Melbourne, Warrnambool Art Gallery,
Vic, Noosa Regional Gallery, Qld, Albury Arts Centre, NSW
The Art of Collecting #2, Linden Gallery, Melbourne
Mono Prints, selection of gallery artists, Latrobe Street Galleries, Melbourne
1995 Best Face Value for Autumn, Woolongong City Art Gallery, NSW
'9 x 5' Invitation Exhibition, Robert Lindsey Gallery, Melbourne
Selections from the State Galleries, S.B.S. Building, Sydney, NSW
The Wandering Jew: Myth and Metaphor, The Australian Jewish Museum, Melbourne
1994 Unpeeled Art (painting and Installation), Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria
An Increase in Assets, Acquisitions over the Last Five Years, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Victoria
Love and Ruin, St. Kilda Town Hall, Melbourne
Girls Own, Boys Own - Football Exposure, Linden Art Gallery, Melbourne
Who's Who and Who's Hot, Kirkaldy Davies Gallery, Melbourne
1993-94 Arrangement, Australian Still Life 1973 - 1993, Museum of Modern Art at Heidi, Melbourne
1993 One Flesh - Two, collaboration with Adrian Page, Launceston Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania
Vitae: A.I.P. #7', Fifth Sculpture Triennial, RMIT Faculty Gallery, Melbourne
1992 Food in Art, Gallery at Tolarno, Melbourne
Third Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Luba Bilu Stand, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Qld
Inherited Absolute, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
Review 1992, Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne
One Flesh - One, collaboration with Adrian Page, Gallery at Tolarno, Melbourne
1991 Freedom of Choice, Heidi Park and Art Gallery, Melbourne
Recent Lithographs, Muka Studios, Auckland, New Zealand
Mandorla Prize Exhibition, New Norcia, Western Australia
St Kilda Scapes, Council Chambers, City of St Kilda, Melbourne
Review 1991, Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne
Youth Prints, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, New Zealand, Sydney, Melbourne
1990 100 Artists Against Animal Experimentation, Deutcher Galleries, Melbourne
Between the Lines, an installation publication, No 2, The Lounge, Melbourne
1989 Artists, Trees and Toys, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne
Mandorla Prize Exhibition, New Norcia, Western Australia
1988-89. Images of Religion in Australian Art, Murdoch Court, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1988 Two Australian Artists / Cultural Exchange, Pun Yu, China
Two Australian Artists / Cultural Exchange, Guangzhou, China
First Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Luba Bilu stand, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne
1987 United Artists at Mori Galleries, Mori Galleries, Sydney, NSW
Young Australians, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Portia Geach Portrait Prize Exhibition, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1985 6 Drawing, Tasmania School of Art Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
1984 Spring Festival of Drawing, Mornington Peninsula Arts Centre, Victoria
1983 Figures and Faces Drawn from Life, Heidi Park and Art Gallery
New Art Selections from the Michelle Endowment, Victorian National Gallery, Banyule Gallery, Melbourne
Group Exhibition, members of the Cite' Internationale des Arts, Cite' Internationale des Arte, Paris, France
1982 Placed; from the everyday Installation, collaboration with Gary Goldstein (Israel) Studio 111, Paris France
Preston to Phillip, A survey, Reconnaissance Gallery, Melbourne
Group Exhibition, "many many things”, Cite' Internationale des Arte, Paris, France
1979 Still Life Still Lives, “48 pieces, beauty and detritus” -Glenfiddich Company, Sydney Opera House, NSW
Ballarat Regional Fine Art Gallery, Victoria.
Keith and Elizabeth Travelling Fellowship Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts Gallery, Melbourne.
1978 Graduate Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts Gallery, Melbourne.
Eight Women Realists, Victorian College of the Arts Gallery, Melbourne, Coventry Gallery Sydney, NSW
Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Qld.
1976 Drawing, Some Definitions, Ewing and George Paton Galleries, Melbourne University,
Melbourne, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Queensland.
AWARDS & COMMISSIONS
2009 International Public Art Award, Bury City Centre, “ Three in One –the Rock Project” Manchester, UK (not taken up)
RMIT University, Design Research Institute Grant: Tapestry of Light: history into Futures Funding; Metasenta Pty. Ltd®
2008- Funding: Metasenta Projects, RMIT University
2007 ‘City Centre’, Shortlisted for International Public Art Project. Bury City Centre Manchester, United Kingdom
2006 Museums Australia, Jewish Museum – Honourable Mention for Intersections – Reading the Space.
2006 Frankston “new circular lighting Project”
2005- Frankston Bayside, new glass Sculpture work "Ellipse"
Finalist, Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize. Bendigo Art Gallery, Australia
2004 Frankston Commission, Eight Works – A Kinaesthetic Experience”, major sculptural work, Pivot
2003 Arts Victoria, New Work Development Grant
Selection- finalist, Docklands Lighting Project, ARM architects (5 shortlist)
2002 Lighting Project, Geelong Arts Precinct, with Brecknock Consulting
1999 Victoria University Postgraduate Research Fellowship Australian Postgraduate Award, H.E.C.S Scholarship
1998 Victoria University Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Australian Postgraduate Award, H.E.C.S Scholarship
Airfare and Travel Grant, Victoria University
Nets Victoria, Exhibition Development Fund Grant, Saying it with Flowers
1997 Victoria University Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Australian Postgraduate Award, H.E.C.S. Scholarship
Invitee, The 1997 John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize, National Gallery of Victoria
1996 Australian Postgraduate Award, H.E.C.S. Scholarship
1995 Five Soft Sculptures, Art in Public Spaces, Melbourne City Council
Prepared Table, Lowther Hall, Anglican Girls Grammar School, Melbourne
Architect / Artist collaboration, Maggie Edmond (Edmond and Corrigan) - presentation only - The Women's Building, Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Boxes, (design) Tokyo, Japan, Melbourne.
Daniel Joles, portrait commission, Melbourne
Visual Production, Bart mitzvah, Mount Scopus, College, Melbourne
Noel Counihan, Portrait purchase, Albury Regional Gallery, NS Senior Lecturer, Painting, RMIT Offshore program, Hong Kong x2W
1994 Artist in Residence, Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW
Esther; Concept and visual production collaboration with Alida Chase, (former member of the Australian
Ballet Company, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Frankfurt Ballet Company)
Master of Fine Art: The Spiritual and the Mundane, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University
1993 H.E.C.S. Scholarship, Master of Fine Art, V.C.A. Melbourne University
Drina; A Modern Dance Piece, collaboration with Alida Chase, Studio 1. Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
Rubies and Carbuncles, a modern dance piece, collaboration with Alida Chase, Greenmill Choreographic project, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne
1992 H.E.C.S. Scholarship, Master of Fine Art, V.C.A. Melbourne University, Melbourne
1991 Australia Council, Visual Arts / Craft Board, Artists Development Grant
Artist in Residence, (Lithographic), Muka Studios, Auckland, New Zealand
Prismatic Still Life (painting), Prism Paints, Melbourne
Eight Banners, collaboration with Elizabeth Gower, Melbourne Cricket Club, Great Southern Stand Arts
Commissions, architect, Daryl Jackson, Melbourne
1990 Maggie and Mathew, portrait commission, Edmond and Corrigan
Artist in Residence, Mount Scopus College, Melbourne
Artist in Residence, Victoria College, Ceramic Department, Melbourne
Beltshazzar, costume drawing for Peter Corrigan, Theatre Works, Melbourne
1989 Children's Workshops, (invitation) Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
Dr. Henry Kranz, portrait commission
Visual Production, Richmond A.O.G. Theatre Production, Melbourne
1989 Playbox Panel Painting, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne
1988 Artist in Residence, (Kyneton), - not taken, Victoria
8' X 28', Factory work, commission for John Sands Collection, Melbourne
1987 Visual production, Cultural Exchange, Pun Yu Province and Guangzou, China
1986 Andrew Barton, Portrait commission, Victoria
1985 Artist in Residence, Melbourne Boys Grammar, Melbourne
Sybil Craig, Selected Drawing Prize, Mornington Peninsular Art Centre, Vic
1984 Two Billboards, Victoria's 150th Anniversary, Victorian Ministry for the Arts Melbourne
1982 Portraits, commissions for subjects of Paris and Britain
Blue Print, blueprint for the British Embassy Church mural, Paris, France
Accepted for Master of Fine Arts, Chicago Institute of Art, Chicago, USA
Scholastic scholarship, value $6,000 USA (not taken up), Chicago Institute of Art. USA
1981 Sculpture Studio, six month residency, Cite' Internationale des Arte, Montmartre, Paris, France
1980 Dyson Grant, Art Gallery of NSW Sydney, NSW
1979 Glenfiddich Painting Acquisition, Sydney Opera House, NSW
Australia Council, Visual Arts Board Project Grant
Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
1979 Power Studio, Residency, Cite' Internationale des Artes, Paris, France, Sydney, University,
Australia Council, Visual Arts Board Residency, Vence, France
1978 N.S. Eckersley Scholarship, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
1977 Fractured and Cluttered – 12ftX 18 ft: Art in the Streets Project, Six Artists, Selected for installation
City Square, Ministry for the Arts, Melbourne
1976 Glimpses, Visual Design, collaboration with Claire Robertson, Graeme Murphy, Australian Ballet Company, Melbourne
Glimpses, Visual Design, collaboration with Claire Robertson, Sydney Dance Company, NSW
INSTIGATOR AND CO-CURATOR MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
2011 ‘5 Places’, Mike Parr and Irene Barberis, Bury Museum and Art Gallery, Bury, Manchester, UK.
2009 ‘Across the Gulf”, 22 Artists from the Gulf, ARC International Biennale Brisbane.
2007 20,000 Colours, The Artistic Gene, Four Generations of Women, Albury City Museum
2005-6 Intersections - reading the space, Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne, Australia.
Jewish Museum, San Francisco, USA
Gallery Langford 120 www.langford120.com.au
METASENTA Publications www.langford120.com.au
Global Centre for Drawing www.langford120.com.au
The Drawing Space, RMIT University www.metasenta.com