Biography

1979 b. UK
Lives and works in Glasgow, UK

Education

2004 MFA, New York Academy of Art, USA
2001 BFA, Glasgow School of Art, UK

Upcoming Exhibitions

2021                                            Marks Left Behind: NYAA Recollections, Connections and Impact of 9/11, New York Academy of Art, USA

                                                    Rural RIdes, New Glasgow Society, Glasgow, UK

Solo Exhibitions

2021

 

2019

Tit and Cock, The Mandrake Gallery, New Mexico, USA

Herstory Portrait: A Decade On, Royal Glasgow Institute, UK

Barberium, Cassart, Glasgow UK

Herstory Portrait, Leeds College of Art, UK

2017 Curator’s Choice, Leeds College of Art, UK
2015 Mary Barbour: Centenary of Rent Restriction Act, Trongate 103, Glasgow, UK
Herstory Portrait, Lillie Art Gallery, Glasgow, UK
2012 Herstory Portrait (in tandem with Equals) Paisley Museum, Paisley, UK
2011 Herstory Portrait, Trade Hall, Glasgow, UK
2009 Tales of Shiney-Shiney, The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford, UK
2009

2004

Apotropaic, Museet For Religios Kunst, Lemvig, Denmark

First Class, The Grand, Grand St, Brooklyn, NYC, USA

Selected Group Exhibition

2021

2020

Pretty Ugly, Saltspace, Glasgow, UK

Not Going Back to Normal, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

Loopin, Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow, UK

Homeworks, Spilt Milk, Edinburgh, UK (online exhibition and zine)

Embody Without Burden, Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, UK, view press

Summer Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, NY, USA

2019 Feminist Public Sculpture, Leeds College of Art, UK
2016 Beyond Epilepsy, Intermedia, CCA, Glasgow, UK
2015 20/20, Trongate 103, Glasgow, UK
Vokse-Vaerk: Museum Collection Of The Last 20 Years, Museet For Religios Kunst, Denmark
2014 Trongate Collective, Trongate 103, Glasgow, UK
2013 21 Revolutions, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK
2012 21 Revolutions, CCA, Glasgow, UK

Summer Exhibition, Allegra Laviola, New York, NY, USA

2011 Sharon Thomas/Giacinto Occhionero/Scott Grodesky, (e) merge, Washington, DC, USA
9/11: A New York Dectology, Project Room, Glasgow, UK
Loop, Tramway, Glasgow,UK
2010 Preview to a site (Art Athina 2010), Solonos 42, Athens, Greece
Sara Jessie kane, Sharon Thomas, Edwina Ashton, Teverina Fine Art, Cortona, Italy
Artists for Athens Pride, Breeder Gallery, Athens, Greece
2009 Mother/mother, Air Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Re-Birth, Cherry Pit Gallery, Burlington, VT, USA
Sublime to the Ridiculous, Plaka, Athens, Greece

183rd Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh, UK

2008 The Mundane Shell: Glasgow International, (two-person show with Laurence Figgis), Glasgow Print Studio, UK
2006 Risky Business, PPOW Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Overlap 3, The British School at Rome, Rome, Italy
Salon 2006, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY, USA
Britishness (Another Product), British Art Show 6, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK
2005 Theme of the Unseen, Times Square Gallery, New York, NYC, USA

Visual Aids Visual Aids-Postcards from the Edge, Roger Miller Gallery, NYC, USA

2004

2002

 

2001

Reality Check, Spike Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Independent Space, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Winter Show Group Show, Phillip's Contemporary Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

Young Scottish Painters, Phillip’s Auctioneers, Edinburgh, UK

New Generation Scotland, Compass Gallery, Glasgow, UK

Snatch, Vic Gallery, Glasgow, UK

Film Projects

2019 Zone Out, Associate Producer/Story Consultant, (Director: Linda Campbell), International Epilepsy Day, Glasgow, UK https://internationalepilepsyday.org/video-competition-results/

Commissions

2014 I Can Do It, collaboration with Martha Plimpton, Aubrey Plaza and Will Forte for comedy album 2776. Commission for Stephen Levinson, Joel Moss Levinson and Rob Kutner, LA, USA (Onekid Oneworld) https://soundcloud.com/2776album/i-can-do-it
2011 21 Revolutions, Glasgow Women’s Library

Scholarships/Awards

2019 1st Prize winner: Film: Zone Card, International Epilepsy Day, Dublin, Ireland.
https://internationalepilepsyday.org/video-competition-results/
2009 Guthrie Award, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK
2008 Glasgow Visual Artists Grant Scheme, Glasgow, UK
2003 International Council Travel Scholarship, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY, USA
2002 Sainsbury Scholarship, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY, USA
2001 Villore Scholarship, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY, USA

Jock Macfie Prize, Glasgow School of Art, UK

2000 Hart Bursary, Glasgow School of Art, UK

Residencies

2005                Sainsbury Scholarship in Painting and Sculpture, British School at Rome, Rome, Italy

Bibliography

2018 Sharon Thomas: Mary Barbour Wikipedia link (2018)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Barbour
2016 Borderland of Epilepsy: Online blog collaboration and installation exhibition, CCA, Glasgow, 2016
https://borderlandofepilepsy.com/
Flow Magazine, Issue 17, p.8
http://www.gsa.ac.uk/media/1148620/flow_issue_17final.pdf
2015 Janice Forsyth Show, BBC Radio Scotland, Mary Barbour interview with Edie Stark, Nov 2015
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06ns0cc
Mansfield, S. (2015), A Perfect Birthday, The Scotsman Weekend Life Magazine, p16-17 (8/3/2015)
https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/books/glasgow-women-s-library-celebrates-21st-anniversary-1-3333440
2013 Monument to Mary Barbour, Newsnight Scotland: Interview with BBC Laura Maxwell (May 2013)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-17304239/artist-sharon-thomas-on-documenting-the-life-of-mary-barbour
2012 BBC Radio Scotland: Morning show- International Women’s Day celebrates the life of Mary Barbour (March 2012)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-17304237
McMeekin, E. (March 2012). New Artwork to celebrate the life of Govan Heroine, The Herald Scotland,
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13049820.New_artwork_to_celebrate_the_life_of_Govan_heroine/
Kotze, T. Glasgow Women’s Library hosts group exhibitions 21 Revolutions, The List, 7 September 2012
https://www.list.co.uk/article/45243-glasgow-womens-library-hosts-group-exhibition-21-revolutions/
Morag. Equals and Herstory Portrait: Andrea Kusel and Sharon Thomas in conversation, 13 September 2012
https://womenslibrary.org.uk/2012/09/13/equals-and-herstory-portrait-andrea-kusel-and-sharon-thomas-in-conversation/
Coll, M. Work of art is tribute to Rent Strike heroine, Southside Press and Govan Press, April 12, 2012, p10
2010 Athens Voice (Feb 2010). Artists for Athen’s Pride
https://www.athensvoice.gr/sites/default/files/issue/2010/01/26/av_287.pdf
Rice, G. (2010), Preface: The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman
Nevola, F. (2010). Sharon Thomas’ Herstory in Context
Patrick, A. (2010). Telling the Herstories: a perspective on Glasgow, gender and the marking of women’ histories
2009 Peacocke, H. (Nov 2009) Sharon Thomas at The North Wall, Oxford Times
https://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/4733224.sharon-thomas-the-north-wall/
Butler, S. Neo-Maternalism: Contemporary Artists’ Approach to Motherhood, The Brooklyn Rail, Jan 2009
https://brooklynrail.org/2008/12/artseen/neo-maternalism-contemporary-artists-approach-to-motherhood
Nevola, F. Sharon Thomas: Making of a Painter, Apotropaic, Museet for Religios Kunst, Denmark: Narayana Press, 2009
Nevola, F. In Conversation with Sharon Thomas: Painter, Thinker and Jester, Apotropaic, Museet for Religios Kunst, Denmark: Narayana Press, 2009
Rathje, G. Preface to Apotropaic, 2008

Flow Magazine, Issue 13, p.12 http://www.gsa.ac.uk/media/455322/gsa_flowissue13_a4.pdf

2005 Overlap 1 (2005) www.exibart.com/profilo/eventiV2.asp?idelemento=25938

Publications

2014 Patrick, A. (Ed.) (2014) 21 Revolutions Freight Books & Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow

https://sharonthomas.co.uk/21-revolutions-publication-2012/

2011 Tolley, G. (Web Editor). Thisiscentralstation.com, Glasgow, 2011

https://issuu.com/centralstation/docs/centralstationbook

Directors welcome, (2011). GSA Prospectus, Glasgow

https://sharonthomas.co.uk/gsa-prospectus-2013/

2009 Nevola, F. & Rathje, G. (Ed.) (2009) Apotropaic, Museet for Religios Kunst, Narayana Press, Denmark

http://www.pulpnoir.dk/apotropaic/

183rd Royal Scottish Academy: Annual Exhibition catalogue

2008 Frei, L. Cross Section: Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art. Glasgow. CCA, 2008
2007 Canziani, C. (Ed.) (2007) Ma Come Mai? Rome, Italy

https://sharonthomas.co.uk/ma-come-mai-paolo-bonzano-gallery-2007/

2005-6 Fine Arts 2005-6, Benci, J. (Ed.) (2006) British School at Rome, ISBN 0904152502

 

Annual Report 2005-6, British School at Rome, Rome: Studio Lobodi Sid. 2006 View Literature

https://sharonthomas.co.uk/british-school-at-rome-2006/ 

2001 Young Scottish Painters Exhibition (2001) Renfrew, M. Phillips Auctioneers, Edinburgh, UK
Sum, Painting Department, (2001) Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK, ISBN 0901904929

Art Fairs

2005 Art Chicago, Butler Field, Chicago, IL, USA. (Represented by Jack the Pelican Presents)
 

2002

Flash Art Fair, Una Hotel Tocq, Milano, Italy. (Represented by Jack the Pelican Presents)

Affordable Art Fair New York, Pier 92, NYC, USA

Take Home a Nude, Sotheby’s, NYC, USA

Collections

Ferrari New York, USA
Danish Royal Collection Denmark
Museet for Religiøs Kunst Denmark
People’s Palace, Glasgow Museums UK
Scottish Women’s Convention UK
Unite the Union

Glasgow School of Art Friends

UK

UK

Donations

Lord Provost Charity, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow, UK

Selected Artists Talks

2019 Research Forum: Feminist Public Sculpture, with Griselda Pollock, Hazel Reeves and Rachel Reeves, Leeds Arts University, UK
2018 Mary Barbour: Making of a woman in Art and Politics, (Science Week: Two Marys), Caledonia University, Glasgow, UK
2017 Mary Barbour: Making of an art work and its legacy, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, UK
2016 Mary Barbour: Making of an art work and its legacy, Riverside Museum, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK
2015 Mary Barbour: Making of an art work and its legacy, Arcadia University, Glasgow, UK
STUC, Women’s Council of The Isles, Glasgow, UK
2011 Ken Currie, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
2009 NYAA, New York, USA
2007 Fleeting Arcadias Symposium, with Colin Porteous, Frances Robertson, and Jim Harold, Glasgow School of Art, UK
2006 Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK
2005 British School at Rome,Rome, Italy
East Harlem School at Exodus House, New York, USA

Teaching

2020

2016-2019

Visiting Fine Art Lecturer: University of Glasgow, UK

Visiting Fine Art Lecturer: House For an Art Lover, Glasgow, UK

2010-2016 Visiting Fine Art Lecturer: Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK
2018 Project Coordinator/Fine Art Lecturer: Mary Barbour: A Women’s Workshop, sponsored by Glasgow Life/The Daisy Project/ Govan Help/ GCA/ NHS/Simon Community, Glasgow, UK
Visiting Fine Art Lecturer, Arran Visual Arts, Arran, UK
2017 Visiting Fine Art Lecturer, Shotts Prison, UK
2016 Visiting Fine Art Lecturer, Tramway, Glasgow, UK
Visiting Fine Art Lecturer, Strathclyde University: Centre for Lifelong Learning, Glasgow, UK
Visiting Fine Art Lecturer, LEAP, Glasgow, UK

Selected Professional

2014 Founding member: Remember Mary Barbour Association