Sculptor who turned to art after graduating in geography at Portsmouth Polytechnic, 1977–80. She was latterly based in Northumberland and produced a series of landscape sculptures in the north and northeast of England. Her 1995 stone creation Shadow, commissioned by Northumbrian Water, is a good example of Barton’s sensitivity to particular environments, in this case the Kielder Forest. In 1989 Barton appeared in East End Open Studios, with the Leyton Artists Group. By then, she had to her credit British Women Artists, Battersea Arts Centre, 1986; Spain 1936 & on…, a touring exhibition; Worker at the Women Artists’ Slide Library, 1987–9; and The Demonstration, Transport House, for the Transport and General Workers’ Union. In 1988, Barton had a residency at Sir George Monoux Secondary School and was a community artist, 1988–9, including time on the Wandsworth Arts Sculpture Project.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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