Barry Barker had thirty years experience of working within the contemporary visual arts, as a curator, writer and director of both publicly and privately funded arts organisations. These include the Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London, ICA London, Arnolfini, Bristol, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Hayward Gallery, London, and the Lisson Gallery, London.
During this period Barker's main area of research has centred on curatorship and exhibition making, predominately working directly with artists leading to many significant one person and group exhibitions.
He has worked closely with three generations of artists on publications, exhibitions, film and video. They include Marcel Broodthaers, Lawrence Weiner, Daniel Buren, Art & Language, Rebecca Horn, Richard Long, George Baselitz, Tony Cragg, Anish Kapoor, Douglas Gordon and Christine Borland.
Barker has invited artists to collaborate on a programme of exhibitions for the Faculty of Arts Gallery which are particular to that space. It is intended that the artist's response to this invitation be documented and made available to others who are interested in this area of research, as both a means of furthering the knowledge of an individual artist's work and to encourage a wider understanding of the role of the curator and gallery.