Barra is a predominantly self-taught artist who lives and works in North Sligo. He has exhibited in numerous group shows including the RHA, RUA, Iontas, Ceramic Awards, Cairde Visual and Sculpture in Context. Solo shows include The Bridge, The Hamilton Gallery and The Hyde Bridge Gallery. Recent recipient of The Mill Cove Gallery Award and The Mill Cove Commission award amongst others. His work features in collections worldwide.
2006 Waves : Paper Unframed, Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo.
2009 / 2006 The Hunt Museum: Hunt the Postcard, Hunt Museum, Limerick.
2006 Yeats Masked : Group Show, Cat and the Moon Gallery, Sligo.
2005 Tsunami : Art Auction, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.
2005 Our Lady's Hospital and Aid in Africa : Art Auction, Bridge Gallery, Dublin.
2005 Cow Buoys : Solo Exhibition, Cat and the Moon Gallery, Sligo.
2004 Charity Gala Dinner, Art auction, for Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin. and Mashambanzou Care trust.
2004 The Female Figure : Invited Artists Group Exhibition, Waterfront Gallery, R. Point, Sligo. 2003 Solo Exhibition, Bridge Gallery, Ormond Quay, Dublin.
2003/1999/1998 Royal Hibernian Academy, Selected Group Show, R.H.A., Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 7.
2003 Educate Together : Art Auction, Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, Dublin 7. 2002 Group Exhibition, Bridge Gallery, Ormond Quay, Dublin. 2002 Group Show, An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, Donegal.
2002 Fuinneog On Iarthair (Window from the West), An Danlann Dearg, North Donegal. 2002 Town Art : Sculpture Trail : Selected Group Exhibition, Manorhamilton, Leitrim.
1999, Coda, Castle Hall, Upper Courtyard, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2. 1999 Sculpture in Context Irish Management Institute, Dublin 16
1999 Iontas : Small Works Exhibition : Selected Group Show, Sligo Art Gallery, Limerick City Gallery, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast.
1998 Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 117th Exhibition : Selected Group Show, Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast.
1996 I Gicumas Ar Lamha : Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition, Market Square Gallery, Westmeath.
EDUCATION 2000 Arigna Leader : Mistar Project, Wood technology Programme, Various Locations in North Sweden . 1999 Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Stone and wood carving, bronze casting and various modules, Manorhamilton, Leitrim. 1997/1999 Colaiste Chongaile, Two year sculpture course in ceramics, wood carving and metal sculpture, North Strand, Dublin. 1989 Ballyfermot Senior College, One year course in Art, Design and 3D studies. Ballyfermot, Dublin.
OTHER EMPLOYMENT 2012 Building an Ice Bar, Aronsborg, Stockholm, Sweden. 2011 Cairde Festival Sligo, Event Co-ordinator 2011/2010 Temple House Festival Sligo. The Arts Trail Curator / Art Installations 1996 – 2004 Artist in the Community. Arts in schools, festivals, parades, workshop facilitation. 1992 to 2007 Various art related employment such as gallery technician and sign writer.
AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES 2016 The Mill Cove GalleryAward - An award for a work of distinction in any medium. Sculpture in Context. 2015 The Mill Cove Commission Award. 2008 Sligo Arts Office Artist Workplace Bursary, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co Monaghan 2007 Ice Hotel Symposium, Jukkasjarvi Sweden 2004 / 2005 Arts Council Minor Capital Grant, as a member of the Area 4 Art Collective in Sligo,
Irish Management Institute, Dublin and private collections in Ireland, England, U.S.A, Canada, Sweden and Jamaica.
ARTICLES & REVIEWS
Sligo Now 2016 Irish Arts Review, Winter 2011
Prototype Magazine, 2007 House and Home, May 2005 Sunday Mirror, September 2005. Sunday Tribune, September 2004 The Irish Times, July 2003 The Dubliner, September 2002. The Westmeath Examiner, December 1997