Ey Up Garry Barker

Garry has long been a stalwart of art education within Leeds College of Art, from first setting up a print workshop in 1974 to a vast list of positions, new courses and even centres. He has, however, always prioritised the educational experience of his students above all else, and had a profound effect on thousands of them over the years. We touch on this a little bit, but really I was interested to hear more about his own journey – his philosophies on art making, education, and life.

I somehow managed to never have the fortune of being directly taught by Garry so thought I would take this as my chance. We talk about his relationship with his hometown of Dudley, the value of a bodily education, loosing his accent, always seeming to be visualising problems, how certain life experiences such as the birth of his first child shaped his practice, and his growingly popular Aphorisms for Young Artists.