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Gawain Barnard

Gawain Barnard

Gawain Barnard


Gawain Barnard (b. 1976) completed an MFA in Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport in 2009.

His Photographic work and research has mainly focused around the environment and people of his youth. Making quiet portraits of adolescence and precise observations of their surroundings, Barnard brings new and fresh reflections of the once industrialised regions of South Wales.

Barnard was winner of the 2013 Aneurin Morgan Thomas award for best artwork from Wales, and will be a featured artist of the 2014 Eisteddfod. He is also one of the founding members of A Fine Beginning, a collective who’s aim is to discover and showcase contemporary photography being made in Wales today.
His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Portfolio Journeys by Train

Journeys by Train: Glimpses of a hidden Europe is a story of a borderless continent. In one sense modern Europe has become an open landform accessible to all its inhabitants and run by a central governance in Brussels, on another the landscape, the people and cultures of countries are so diverse and recognisably unique, they’ll remain enduringly separate.
So far Journeys by train has explored six European countries over four years and is an ongoing journey exploring culture, people and train journeys of Europe.



2014, A Fine beginning exhibition: Made in Wales, Arcade Cardiff, UK

2014 Ty Crawshay Gallery, University of South Wales, UK

2013 Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, USA

2013 National Open Art Competition, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK

2013 What's New UK Photography, RizHoma Gallery, Milan, Italy

2013 National Open Art Competition, The Minerva Theatre, Chichester, UK

2013 National Open Art Competition, The Royal College of Art, London, UK

2013 Penygraig Fighters, Carlisle Photo Festival, UK

Additional information: 

Barnard works as a Technician Demonstrator at the University of South Wales, his staff profile can be seen here.

As part of Ffotogallery's Wish You Were Here season of exhibitions and events, Barnard discussed his practice and the works in his exhibition 'Maybe We'll Be Soldiers' with Jesse Alexander. The recording can be heard here.

Barnard is a founding member of the photographic collective A Fine Beginning, his work Boredom to Burn is profiled on the site.