Barbara Freeman was born in London in1937 and studied at St.Martins and Camberwell Colleges of Art, with postgraduate study at the University of Leeds. She has lived and worked in Belfast for the past thirty five years.
The artist has had over forty solo exhibitions in Ireland, Britain, the United States, Hungary. Germany, and former Yugoslavia, and residences in Hungary, Slovenia, Macedonia, Switzerland, Germany and USA and was Abbey Fellow at the British School at Rome. She has work in both public and private collections and has worked on several projects for the hospital environment.
Freeman has worked in a wide range of media including sculpture, painting, installation, digital media and more recently film. She has collaborated with composers and musicians and also created her own soundscapes, She has created many visual/sound installations always responding to a particular place both as a physical space and a sonic environment. Throughout this constantly evolving practice there is a sense of transformation based around the manipulation of processes and materials. The mixture of elements, partly figurative, partly abstract, explore time, memory and history, not in any objective way but in an attempt to locate them in a metaphoric space that anyone can share.
The artist is represented by the Fenderesky Gallery in Northern Ireland.