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Michael Barry

b. Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 1954.

Michael Barry is an artist and educator. He studied fine art at the University of Cape Town and is currently pursuing a PHD at Nelson Mandela University where he heads up the Department of Arts and Culture. Barry was an active member of the Imvaba Arts Association. He continues to be involved in numerous cultural development projects around Port Elizabeth. 

Art Education


1981 Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Cape Town
1985 Higher Degree in Education, University of Cape Town, Cape Town
2012 Masters, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth

Selected Exhibitions


2017 Just Painting, group exhibition, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth
2016 #TheVoices, group exhibition, National Arts Festival, Albany Museum, Grahamstown
2015 Art State, group exhibition, Gallery NOKO, Port Elizabeth
2014 Redefinition of the status quo – collector’s edition, group exhibition, Gallery NOKO, Port Elizabeth
2013 Collective 2013, artSPACE Gallery, Durban
2012 A4 Ideas, group exhibition, Boomtown, Port Elizabeth
1981 Young South African Photographers, South African National Gallery, Cape Town

Public Commissions


Route 67, Nelson Mandela Bay Arts Journey, Port Elizabeth
2013 Kite boy and Skipping girlsHelenvale Urban Renewal Programme, Thusong centre, Port Elizabeth
The Sunday Times 100 year celebration public art work, Queenstown

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