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Lynne Barker - Visual Artist

Lynne is a visual artist who graduated with distinction this year (2020) in MFA Fine Art. She was twice awarded the Sheffield Benefactors Endowment Trust Fund Travel bursaries in 2019 and 2020 which funded research trips abroad. Her work is also included in the SHU Fine Art Collection.

Lynne uses techniques that blend cloth and clay in sculpture. This is an aspect of her work she is keen to explore further following her success at the Festival of Quilts 2019, where she won first place in the Quilt Creations Category with her porcelain, calico and linen thread piece called Chest.

Lynne will be investing her Hallam Enterprise Award prize money to buy her own kiln. This will allow her to refine a product range which explores the qualities of textiles for imprinting, mould making and creating component parts for fine and decorative art pieces.

Lynne became interested in working with this unusual combination of materials during her time at Sheffield Hallam where she was able to make full use of the workshop facilities and technical expertise available. It was this access to facilities and a growing interest in archaeology which shaped her current practice.

Her work is inspired by objects found through chance encounters.

In the near future Lynne intends to make smaller decorative pieces available for sale and exhibition at Ceramic and Art Fairs such as the Hepworth Wakefield Earth and Fire Ceramic Fairs. She also is working towards her pieces being stocked in high end outlets including the Harley Gallery Shop and the Leeds Craft and Design Centre. Larger sculptures will be entered into national and international exhibitions. Examples include the UK Ceramics Biennale and the Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award.