Sharon Baker’s Biography

About the Artist 

I am a printmaker based in Birmingham, England. I gained a BA (honours) Degree in Fine Art from Wolverhampton University specialising in Printmaking.  I also gained an MA in Fine Art from Coventry University. I spent some time in France painting large scale outdoor murals before moving back to my much loved home city. I have been making prints for around thirty years.

I am also a creative facilitator using my skills to empower others through teaching, residencies, commissions, curating exhibitions and events and delivering creative projects in the West Midlands. I currently manage a charity providing access and participation in the arts to improve peoples’ well-being and quality of life.

Exhibitions.

2017
Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum Open Exhibition.

2016
‘The Masters’ : Etching at Bankside Gallery, London.
Impress’16 National Contemporary Print Exhibition, Stroud.

2015
National Open Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London.
Birmingham Printmakers at the Birmingham & Midlands Institute.

2014
Two person exhibition: ‘Fine Art Prints’ with Karoline Rerrie at the Theatre Bar, Old Joint Stock, Birmingham.
Birmingham Printmakers at the Birmingham & Midlands Institute.
‘Birmingham Today Competition’, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham.

2013
‘Birmingham Printmakers: 30 Years of Printmaking 1983-2013’, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
‘The Ludlow Open’, Harley Centre, Ludlow College, Ludlow.
‘The Worcester Open’, Worcester City Museum & Art Gallery, Worcester.
‘Summer Exhibition’ Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

2012
‘Print-side’ at the Bond Gallery, Birmingham, with Birmingham Printmakers.
‘RE Open’ The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Bankside Gallery, London.
Printmakers Council’s ‘8th British International Mini Print Exhibition’, London Print Workshop & touring until 2014.

2011
‘Wrexham Print international’, Oriel Wrecsam, Wales.
‘Bainbridge Open’ Print Show, London.
‘We are Birmingham’ with Birmingham Printmakers.

2010
‘Birmingham Printmakers Staff House Gallery Show’, Birmingham University.

2009
‘Pushing Print’ Ingoldsby Gallery, Pie Factory & Old Town Gallery, Margate, Kent.
‘Impress ’09’ National Printmaking Festival, Stroud.

2008
Solo Exhibition: ‘Lucky Roars & Love Me’ Malvern Hills District Council Chambers, Malvern.
Solo Exhibition: ‘Printmaker in Focus, April’ Wrexham Arts Centre, Wales
‘RBSA Print Prize Exhibition’ RBSA Gallery, Birmingham.
‘Artfest Birmingham’ Birmingham Council House Chambers.

2007
‘New Art Birmingham NAB 2007’ Curzon Street Station, Birmingham.
‘Birmingham Open Art Show’ Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

2006
‘Virtual’, Ernst & Young Offices, Birmingham.
‘A Stitch in Time’, Riverside Gallery, Richmond, London.
‘Virtual’, City Inn, Birmingham.

2005
‘Derby City Open’, Derby City Art Gallery.
‘Animal, Vegetable & Mineral’, Periscope Gallery, Birmingham.

2004
‘Small Works’, Periscope Gallery, Birmingham.
‘Blue Skies’, Custard Factory, Birmingham.
Solo Exhibition: ‘Things Half Forgotten’ Haden Hill House, Cradley Heath.
Solo Exhibition: ‘Red Echoes’ at ‘the Window’, Birmingham: a showcase for Birmingham Artists.

2003
‘Flipside’, St Paul’s Gallery, Birmingham.
‘Birmingham Works II’, Chuck Works, Birmingham.
Solo Exhibition: ‘Arrangements for Impulse & Order’ Kidderminster Library Gallery.

2002
“Access all Areas”, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry.
Birmingham Print Workshop at Warstone Gallery, Birmingham.
“Birmingham Works I”, Chuck Works Birmingham.

2001
A Century of Art at Warstone Gallery, Birmingham.
Keele University Exhibition with Birmingham Printmakers.
Crescent Theatre, Birmingham with Birmingham Printmakers.

1999
Lanchester Gallery, Coventry University.
Spike Island Print Show, Bristol.

1997
‘Pressing Forward’  Midlands Arts Centre MAC with Birmingham Print Workshop.
‘4 Birmingham Printmakers’ at London Print Workshop.

1996
Making a Mark’ Custard Factory, Birmingham.
Cheltenham Open Drawing Competition.

1995
‘Twilight Shift’ Bond Gallery, Birmingham.
New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton with Birmingham Printmakers.
‘Proof’ Midlands Arts Centre MAC, Birmingham, with Birmingham Printmakers.
Solo Exhibition: ‘States of Mind’ Solihull Sixth Form College, West Midlands.

1994
Solo Exhibition: ‘Sharon Baker: Selected Prints’ West Midlands Regional Arts Board Headquarters.
Solo Exhibition: ‘Sharon Baker: Woodcuts & Lino-prints’ Rugby Library Gallery.

1993
Leicester Art Exhibition for Schools and colleges.

1992
Bournville College of Art, Birmingham institute of art & Design two person show.
‘First Bite’ Midlands Art Centre.

 

Live Performance Art 

2008
‘Flux-Fest’ Fluxus Festival performance & artwork commission at Vivid, Birmingham.

1995
Performer in ‘Yin Yang: You can’t have sound without silence’ by Andrew Phillips, Bond Gallery, Birmingham.

 

Awards.

2008 Birmingham City Council  Business Grant

2004 Arts in Sandwell Local Arts Fund Award.

2003 Arts Council England Creative Ambition Award.

1994 West Midlands Arts Bursary Award.

1993 Princes Trust Award.

 

Curated Exhibitions. 

2011 Curator for ‘Art in Empty Spaces’, Exhibition, Queens Square, West Bromwich for Sandwell Third Age Arts

2008 Curator for ‘Arts All Over the Place’ Exhibition Festival of Arts and Mental Health, Custard Factory, for Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHSTrust.

2008 Curator for ‘Survivor Art Exhibition’, Birmingham UniversityInstitute of Applied Social Sciences & Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust.

2007 Curator for ‘Spring Celebration’s’ at Haden Hill House, Cradley Heath, for Sandwell Third Age Arts.

2007 Curator for ‘Survivor Art Exhibition’ Birmingham University Institute of Applied Social Sciences & Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust.