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Gawain Barnard is a Welsh photographic artist whose work merges a documentary style with poetic sensibilities to create a constructed visual narrative. Whether through long-term projects that adopt the familiar scope of landscape and portrait to construct a semi-fictionalized chronicle or via the individual image that is created as a lyrical portrait, his work has an individual yet strong aesthetic. 

In 2021 his work was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, In 2013 he was the winner of the 2013 Aneurin Morgan Thomas Award for best artwork from Wales as part of the National Art Open and was a featured artist of the 2014 Eisteddfod. He is the recipient of Arts Council awards and his work has been shown nationally and internationally and is held in numerous private collections.


2023 October, Trails Exhibition, Turner House Gallery, Penarth. Wales

2022 November,  Selected and featured in AND 2022 some of the best up-and-coming influential documentary & portrait photographers from across the globe.

2022 Honour mention-Belfast exposed International Photography festival

2022 June - September, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London.

2022 March, The Other Art Fair, Saatchi Art, London

2022 March, Treeline at Nelly Duff Gallery, London


2022  Ways of Living - Then There Was Us, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom. 

2021 September-January 2022- Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London.

2018 Shortlisted for Athens Photo festival

2016 March, Maybe we'll be soldiers: Annenberg Space for Photography, L.A., USA

2016 February-April, Common Ground: A Fine Beginning & Document Scotland, Wales Millennium Centre, Wales, UK

2016 March, A Fine Beginning exhibition: Made in Wales, Oriel Colwyn, Wales, UK

2015 November, A Fine Beginning exhibition: Made in Wales, Carousel, London, UK

2015 September, A Fine Beginning exhibition: Made in Wales, Cardiff Made, Wales, UK

2014 August - 1 October, A Fine Beginning exhibition: Common Ground, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow

2014 September - November, A Fine Beginning exhibition: Made in Wales, Oriel Colwyn, Wales, UK

2014 August 1st-9th, Boredom to Burn, National Eisteddfod, Llanelli, Wales, UK

2014 March, Arcade Cardiff, A Fine beginning exhibition: Made in Wales, Cardiff, UK

2014 March, Ty Crawshay Gallery, University of South Wales

2013 December, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York

2013 December, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, National Open Art Competition, UK

2013 November, RizHoma Gallery, What's New UK Photography, Milan, Italy

2013 November, The Minerva Theatre, National Open Art Competition, Chichester, UK

2013 October, The Royal College of Art, National Open Art Competition, London

2013 April, Young boxers, Carlisle Photo Festival, UK

2012 November, 100 Years of Photography at Newport, University of Wales, Newport, Wales, UK

2012 February, Daniel Cooney Fine Art Gallery, New York. Emerging Artists Exhibition

2011 April,  Journeys By Train exhibition on the Trans-Siberian Express, traveling from Moscow to Beijing

2010 October-November, Trace Gallery, Cornwall, UK

2010 July -September, Fotosommer Stuttgart, Germany

2010 May-June, Ffotocardiff: Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, UK

2010 February, Do I have to paint you a picture: Artist-led Polaroid showcase, Morgan Arcade, Cardiff, UK

2009 December, MFA Graduate show: Across the Line: Ffotogallery, Penarth. UK

2009 February, New shoots: The Centrespace, Bristol, UK

2008 January, Adult Adolescence: Ffloc Gallery, Centre for Photographic Research, Newport, UK

2007 March, Abandoned Chairs: Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, UK

1999 June, Swansea university graduate show the Custard Factory, Birmingham, UK

1999 April, Avenue X (A New York Exodus): The Chattery, Swansea, UK


Solo Exhibitions

2011 September, Maybe We’ll Be Soldiers, Ffotogallery, Cardiff


2021 Royal Academy Summer exhibitor

2013 The ANEURIN MORGAN THOMAS Award: Best work from Wales
2011 Recipient of the individual artist grant from the Arts Council of Wales.


MFA Documentary Photography, University of Wales, Newport. 2007-2009

PGCE (FE) Cardiff University, 2004-2005

BA (Hons) Photography In The Arts, Swansea Institute, University of Wales. 1996-1999


2018-Ongoing: Tutor, Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University

2016-Ongoing: Instructor, Post Production, University of South Wales, Cardiff

2014 December- March 2015: Consultant for Rockwash prep and store, geological image and mapping

2011 January: Lecturer in Documentary Photography with the Ffotogallery, Cardiff

2006-2016: Technical Demonstrator at the University of South Wales, Newport

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