Black and white photograph of Barns-Graham dressed in a dungarees stood in from of a painting of a shed on an easel. She hold several paintbrushes in her right hand

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

An Introduction

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham was one of Britain’s most significant 20th century modern artists. Scottish born and a prominent member of the post-war St Ives group, she was a sublime painter, draughtswoman, printmaker and a brilliant colourist. Dividing her time between studios in St Ives and St Andrews she followed a consistent artistic vision throughout her sixty-five-year career.

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End of the Glacier by Alyson Hallett

New Poetry Volume

Prize-winning poet, Alyson Hallett, has published a new volume of 27 poems with the Trust written in response to Barns-Graham’s glacier paintings. Now available to buy from our online shop.

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Three paintings grouped on an orange background. From left to right: an oil painting of seaweed, rocks and a long snaking orange object on a white background; an acrylic painting of grey rocks with orange at centre; an oil painting of an abstracted geometric cliff edge resembling a face

The Online Collection

The Trust holds a significant collection of paintings, drawings and prints by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. Over 400 works from the permanent collection are available to view online alongside a growing selection of the Trust’s archive materials and library books.

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Latest from the Trust

Abstract, Issue 26

Welcome to our Summer Newsletter

World Premiere of A Sudden Glimpse to Deeper Things

Mark Cousins’ documentary on Wilhelmina Barns-Graham will premiere this evening at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

11 Abbotsford Crescent

To coincide with the unveiling of a plaque at Barns-Graham’s birthplace, we’ve unearthed some archive materials about her early life there.

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The Shop

The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust offers a range of books, exhibition catalogues, cards and original screenprints. All proceeds go towards supporting the charitable work of the Trust.

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Exhibition & Events

Opportunities to experience the life and work of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham in exhibitions and events hosted by the Trust and its partners.

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Grants & Funding

The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust supports a range of bursaries, grants and residencies to assist students and practicing artists at selected institutions.

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A yellow rectangular card with 'recent gouache and spanish drawings / W. Barns-Graham / The Scottish Gallery - 26 Castle Street, Edinburgh Private View, Saturday 2 July July 2-16' printed

Archive & Library

The Trust holds and makes available for a rich resource of papers and books created and owned by Barns-Graham

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Works in Public Collections

Paintings and drawings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham have been acquired by many public collections in the UK.

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Bloomberg Connects

Uncover stories about Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, her art and behind-the-scenes work at the Trust on Bloomberg Connects. With this digital guide, immerse yourself in memories of the artist, ponder never-before seen photographs and explore exhibitions.

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