Glenn Barkley

b. 1975

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Glenn Barkley’s work operates in the space between these interests drawing upon ceramics deep history, to popular song, the garden and conversations about art and the internet.

About Glenn Barkley

Glenn Barkley is an artist, writer, curator and gardener based in Sydney and Berry NSW, Australia. His work operates in the space between these interests drawing upon ceramics deep history, to popular song, the garden and conversations about art and the internet. He was previously senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (2008–14) and curator of the University of Wollongong Art Collection (1996–2007).

He is co-founder of Kilnit Experimental Ceramics Studio Glebe and Co-Director of The Curators Department an independent curatorial agency based in Sydney. He has work in the Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Australia and Artbank Sydney.

Glenn Barkley CV


Co-Founder, The Curators Department, Sydney, NSW
Artistic Director Art Month Sydney, NSW
Co-Founder Kil-n-it experimental ceramics studio, Glebe Sydney

Independent Curator Sydney, NSW

Senior Curator Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW

Curator Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW

CEO, Ergas Collection, Sydney, NSW

Consultant Curator, Ergas Collection Sydney/Canberra

Curator, University of Wollongong Art Collection, NSW

Co-Director, Project, Centre for Contemporary Art, Wollongong, NSW


repressivetolerance, Artspace, Sydney
Niagara Galleries, September/October, 2017

‘itsallright‘, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW


Village Huha, Paul Nache Gallery, Gisborne NZ
Museum III, Utopia Art Sydney
Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria

Korean International Art Fair, Seoul, Niagara Gallery
Weird Ceramic, Gippsland Art Gallery, VIC
Out of Earth and Flame, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre & Regional Gallery, Nowra, NSW
Stuck in the Mud, Verge Gallery, University of Sydney, NSW
Watching Clouds Pass the Moon, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW
The Garden of Earthly Delights- with Angela Brennan, Westspace, Melbourne, VIC
Return to Beauty, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Magic Object, Adelaide Biennial of Australia Art, AGSA
Clay 3, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW

Sydney Contemporary 2015, Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW
Clay 2, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW

Glazed and Confused, Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Compassionate Voices, Koskela, Sydney, NSW
Clay, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW


1991-93 Bachelor of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong, NSW
2014 Certificate II Horticulture, Ryde Institute of TAFE, Sydney, NSW


National Gallery of Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia
Gippsland Art Gallery
Wollongong Art Gallery
University of Wollongong
Queensland University of Technology


Garth Clark, Is Glenn Barkley Really the Worst Studio Potter in Australia?, November 2016 C-file Online

Kon Gouriotis, Glenn Barkley – Artist Profile, Artist Profile, March 2016

The Art Life, Six and a Half Questions | Glenn Barkley, February 2016

Marie Claire Bryant, Whats Hot right now….

Glenn Barkley, Icanhardlywaittilmorning: Glenn Barkley on studio life, Artlink Magazine

Glenn Barkley, itsallright, artist statement, November 2016,