CLEMENTINE BARNES

Textile Artist working in Boyd School Studios


About Clementine

Clementine Barnes is an emerging Australian artist and recent Melbourne arrival. She has exhibited in Australia and abroad and recently her work was included in Fabrik: conceptual, minimalist and performative approaches to Textiles at The Ian Potter Museum of Art. Barnes has participated in local and international residencies including the Art Gallery of NSW Moya Dyring studio - Cité Internationale des Arts, The Australian Tapestry Workshop, Bundanon Trust, Firstdraft and SNO Contemporary Art Projects. She has been the recipient of grants from Australia Council for the Arts, Copyright Agency, National Association for the Visual Arts and the William Fletcher Foundation. She is also a current board member at Big Fag Press in Sydney, an artist-run print collective.

What attracted you to the space and what makes your studio suitable for your practice?

I am new to Melbourne and as such was attracted to the Boyd School Studio because of its community feel. It is also in an area I do not know much about, so I am looking forward to learning about the unique history of the site and its surrounds. I am excited by the diverse mix of artists and practitioners who occupy the studios and the fact that there are a number of different activities going on in the one building. The library, coffee shop, council workers, surrounding office workers popping in for a coffee. This activation of the Boyd School Building is interesting to me. The studio is airy and has beautiful light, which is imperative to me and my practice as much of my work is focused on colour and perception. Being part of the Boyd School Studio community will allow me to immerse myself within the Melbourne Art Community, navigate my new city, make strong artistic connections and have a base from which I can produce a new body of work. My long-term goal: to integrate myself within the cultural fabric of Melbourne.