BAR 30 Year Retrospective
Homage to Danielle Dubois who ran BAR for eight years
4 July to 24 August 2012
BAR started in 1983, with a meeting at the Tricycle by John Blandy, the current chairman, Sue Whitmore and two other artists. Much of our early years were under the auspices of Brent Arts Council or the Tricycle. Our first involvement with Willesden Green Library Centre was in 1992, culminating in a borough-wide exhibition, Artmonth 1993, centred on the WGLC. BAR is an artist led organisation with over 170 members. BAR has presented a strong and varied series of exhibitions, workshops and events in the Library Centre since 1992, ranging from International, historical, curated, individual and community, together with 3 exhibitions a year given over to BAR members.
For this exhibition BAR invited Danielle Dubois to show her landscape paintings as a homage and thank you for the eight years that she ran BAR on a voluntary basis. Danielle nurtured BAR through an era of growth that has allowed it to develop professionally and become a thriving organisation. She says about her paintings: “The work process is about growing, being more aware, enjoying living, seeing, while daring to put oneself to account.”
BAR maintains good links with the London Art Schools, the Royal College, Goldsmiths, Camberwell, Central & St Martins and North West College providing opportunities for their students to train, curate, mount and promote exhibitions. We have maintained a good working relationship with the Cultural Services in Brent and are always looking for ways to collaborate.
Thanks to our board members: John Blandy, Charles Foster-Hall, Clare Gordon, Maggie Leiper, Deryck Sealy, Pete Webster, Christine Warrington, as well as Sue Whitmore, our Honorary President and Lorenzo Belenguer, Bar Gallery Co-ordinator. Most importantly, thanks to all our volunteers, curators and artists that have made BAR the leading Arts forum in NorthWest London and being selected by the BBC as one of the top community art galleries in London.