Fionna Barber is Principal Lecturer for Contextual Studies at the Manchester School of Art, England. Originally from Portadown, Co. Armagh, she also taught in the Faculty of Art and Design at the University of Ulster in Belfast, before moving to Manchester in 1993. A former member of the editorial panel of CIRCA art magazine she has also written catalogue essays for a number of contemporary Irish artists, including Rita Duffy and Alice Maher. Her recent publications include a special edition of the journal Visual Culture in Britain, ‘After the War: visual culture in Northern Ireland since the Ceasefires’ (guest editor, 2009). She has also contributed an essay on post-conflict memory and visual practice in Northern Ireland to the forthcoming Memory Ireland vol 3: memory cruxes: the Famine and the Troubles, (Syracuse University Press 2013) edited by Oona Frawley and an essay on art in Ireland since the millennium to the collection The Crossings of Art (Peter Lang, forthcoming 2013) edited by Ruben Moi, Charles Armstrong and Brynhilldur Boyce. In 2009 she was the initiator and joint curator with Megan Johnston of the exhibition Archiving Place and Time: contemporary art from Northern Ireland since the Belfast Agreement which showed initially at the Holden Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University in 2009 before touring both to Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, NI, then to a further venue in England, Wolverhampton Art Gallery in 2010.
Fionna Barber’s book Art in Ireland since 1910, the first publication to cover art practice from the early years of the twentieth century until the post-millennial period, is published by Reaktion Books, London in early 2013.