Barbara Cope lives in Baddeleys Beach on the Takatu Peninsula. As an Artist she has mostly worked photographically, describing her practice as quite random and eclectic, and over the last few years her work has distilled itself into a form of the self portrait, exploring ideas around identity, vanity fragility and aloneness.
From 2011 until 2016 she was involved with the group Matakana Images, co- ordinating and curating an annual show for the Auckland Festival of Photography which saw the group move from the Fringe sector of the Festival, to Signature shows in the Festival from 2014 until 2016. Barbara will exhibit in an invited group show at Studio 541 in Mt. Eden for the Festival of Photography this year.
Joining the Art House Painting group with Mandy Thomsett-Taylor in 2016 has meant being able to access her love of drawing and painting in a very supportive, encouraging and pro active teaching environment, and the Paint Club, which meets once a month, separate from the main teaching blocks, has continued to emphasise all of those values.
Small Show V The Vivian, Group Show. LOCUS Studio 541, Mt Eden, Group Show. WhiteNights/White Works Northart, Group Show . Northart Members Summer Show Group Show
The Small Show The Vivian, Group Show . Matakana Pictures 2016 Auckland Festival of Photography Signature Programme, Mezzanine Gallery, Country Park Matakana. Northart Member’s Exhibition Selected Group Show
The Small Show The Vivian, Group Show. Matakana Images 2015 Auckland Festival of Photography Signature Programme, Mezzanine Gallery, Country Park Matakana Potters and Painters The Vivian, Group Show [Collaboration with Potter, Peter Collis] White Night/White Works Northart, Group Show
Outside The Square The Depot Artspace, Group Show . Chance Encounters Blikfang Art and Antiques, Group Show Matakana Images 2014 Auckland Festival of Photography Signature Programme, Mezzanine Gallery, Country Park Matakana
23 in the Bed The Vivian, Group Show . The Local Show The Vivian, Group Show . Eclectica The Depot Artspace, Group Show . The Fringe at The Vivian Auckland Festival of Photography
Voices A Fine Line Gallery Matakana, Group Show. Matakana Pictures 2012 : Images Auckland Festival of Photography Fringe Programme, Mezzanine Gallery, Country Park Matakana [Co-ordinate and curate]
Matakana Pictures Revisited Auckland Festival of Photography Fringe Programme Art Matakana, Country Park Abbreviations Northart, Group Show. Matakana Valley Artists Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Group Show
Matakana 2011 The Mahurangi Group
Diversity A Fine Line Gallery, Matakana, Group Show . Latitude A Fine Line Gallery, Matakana, Group Show . Glimpse Satellite Gallery, Newton with Di Halstead . The Mahurangi Group at Matakana The Mahurangi Group . Waikato Painting and Print Award Finalist [Judge: Dr. Lesley Duxbury]
Affinity A Fine Line Gallery, Matakana with Suzanne Vesty
Prior to 2009 Barbara exhibited consistently in Auckland [Satellite, Northart and the Depot] and locally in Matakana where she lives, including Sirius in 2006 at the iconic Matakana Pictures and a solo show, Emigration at Satellite Gallery, Newton in 2007. Her first exhibition was in 1999 with a solo show at Antiques & Angels, Northcote Point, [France and Italy: 'A Visual Diary'] and in 2001 she was a finalist in the Cranleigh Barton Drawing Award at the Canterbury Museum.