Balmer, Barbra RSA RGI

Elected to RSW 1966

Artists Statement

Four decades of working within my domestic environment (Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Stamford) have proved fulfilling. Visiting Italy for the first time in 1973 was a huge and enduring influence.


Trained Coventry and Edinburgh Colleges of Art, 20 solo shows over four decades. Married George Mackie and has 2 daughters. Visiting Lecturer Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen 1970 - 1980 80 commissioned portraits, many of children. Lives and works in Stamford, Lincs


1948-1952 - Andrew Grant Scholarship to Edinburgh College of Art and Travelling Scholarship
1979 - Royal Scottish Academy Travelling Scholarship
2000 - Royal Scottish Academy William Macaulay - Scottish Gallery Award

Selected Exhibitions

John Moores, Liverpool - 1953 and 1965
20 Solo Shows from 1965
Demarco Scottish Gallery
Stirling Gallery.
Kingfisher Gallery
Posterngate (Hull)
Scottish Arts Council Touring Exhibitions
Retrospective - 1995-1996 Touring Exhibition - Lincoln, Aberdeen, Coventry and Dundee

Public Collections

Aberdeen Art Gallery
Birmingham City Art Gallery/Museum
Coventry Art Gallery
McManus Gallery, Dundee
Edinburgh City Art Centre
Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow
Glasgow Museum and Art Galleries
Brander Museum, Huntly
Leicester City Art Gallery/Museum
Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie
Perth City Art Gallery
Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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