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I am an artist and researcher currently based in the UK. My work investigates our relationship to place, documenting landscapes and environments altered by human intervention. 

Since graduating with an MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins in 2011 I have worked on a range of self-initiated and commissioned projects, taken part in artist residencies and delivered workshops internationally. I am currently working towards a PhD at the Royal Collage of Art in the department of Critical and Historical Studies. You can read about my current research here. 

Alongside my personal practice I collaborate with other designers and writers on publishing projects under the name Tombstone Press. My work has been exhibited at museums and galleries in the UK, Russia, India, Thailand and the USA. 

I also work as a lecturer at Birmingham City University in the School of Art. I have also given guest lectures about my practice and delivered workshops at a range of institutes including The Royal College of Art, Brighton University, Norwich University of the Arts, Silpakorn University (Thailand) and Chulalongkorn University (Thailand). Workshops have focussed on developing approaches to a documentary illustration practice.

For more information or to say hello please email me.


Specialist Workshops & Teaching Projects: 


As part of Flatpack Film Festival 2017, Studio_LAB acted as a live workspace where students from Birmingham City University were invited to take part in a series of experimental workshops; thinking through making. Students from across art and design engaged in hybrid approaches to static and moving image making alongside a programme of guest lectures, performances and film screenings that explored post-digital practices and the tension between URL and IRL. Students used Facebook to live stream from the space each day and also exhibited work in progress in the space on the final day. You can read more about the project here >>>   


The Art of Walking (Erasmus+)

This week long project explored the potential of walking within contemporary approaches to documentary illustration practices. Through a series of practical workshops, tutorials and critical sessions, students from Silpakorn University in Bangkok developed a range of responses both in the studio and out in the field. Workshops investigated working collaboratively, the potential of fictions in documentary practices, drawing the intangible and mark-making as an historical document. This project was supported by Erasmus+ and Birmingham City University. 



Gareth Proskourine-Barnett (b.1984)   


PhD Critical and Historical Studies, Royal College of Art (*started 2015) 
MA Communication Design (Distinction), Central Saint Martins, 2011 
BA(Hons) Visual Communication (First), Birmingham City University, 2008 

Professional Development: 

Curratorial Programme 2017, Grand Union Gallery, Birmingham, UK, 2017 

Current Research: 

My current research looks to cyberspace to provide a territory in which the ruins of Brutalist Architecture can be excavated and (re)imagined to (re)claim and (re)locate the utopian ambition of past gestures. 

Collaborative Projects: 

DIG (Documentary Illustration Group)
DIG is a collaborative research project by Leah Fusco, Mireille Fauchon and Gareth Proskourine-Barnett which aims to explore new modes of documentary practice where the only certainty is uncertainty. 

Tombstone Press is an experimental publishing house dedicated to exploring themes around architecture, urbanism and psychogeography. 

ThemLot Illustration Collective (2007-2012) 
Founded in 2007 by James Bourne, Mark Long and Gareth Proskourine-Barnett, Them Lot worked on a wide range of collaborative projects commissioned by a diverse range of clients. In 2011 they were selected to part in the annual Pick Me Up Graphic Arts exhibtion at Somerset House. 

Selected Exhibitions: 

Live Art Cinema, The Edge, Birmingham, 2017
Flat Pack Film Festival, Flat Pack Hub, Bimringham, 2017 
Shaping The View, The University of Edinburgh, 2016 
Art Thesis Exhibition, Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre, Bangkok, 2016 
The Reportage Illustration Award 2015, F Block Gallery UWE, Bristol, 2015 
Highrise and Fall, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol 2015 
The Itinerant Illustrator, Srishti School of Art and Design, Bangalore, 2014 
X100, X Marks The Bokship, London, 2013 
On Landscape, Guest Projects, London, 2013 
Brut-Kok, (solo) Chulalongkorn University Museum, Bangkok, 2013 
Utopia is a Direction, (solo) The Albert, London, 2013 
Moscow International Young Artist Biennale 2012, Moscow, 2012 
The Tomorrow People, Elevator Gallery, London, 2011 
Pick Me Up, Somerset House, London, 2011 
The Society of Futopia, New Generation Arts, Birmingham, 2008 
New Fangled, Main Gallery, Las Vegas, 2008
Deviant Art Festival, Trollhattan, Sweden, 2007 

Symposiums & Conferences: 

Tokyo: A Trans Asian City, ImaginAsia2017, Meiji University, Japan, 2017, (*upcoming) 
Visualisation, The Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, University of Southampton, 2016 
Shaping The View, Illustration Research, The University of Edinburgh, 2016 
The First International Design Disseminating Conference, BACC, Thailand, 2016 
People Mobility and Asian Heritage, ImaginAsia2016, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, 2016 
Everywhere and Nowhere, Nottingham University, 2016 
Visionaries, Varoom Lab, Birmingham City University, UK, 2015 
Brave New Worlds, Newcastle University, UK, 2015 
The Itinerant Illustrator, Srishti School of Art and Design, Bangalore, 2014 


I Want! I Want! Researcher in Residence, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, May 2017 - July 2017 
Publisher in Residence, Winchester School of Art Publisher Hub, November 2014 - February 2015 
Artist in Residence, School of Visual Communication, Birmingham City University, September 2014 - June 2015 
Artist in Residence, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, June 2014 - September 2014 
Artist in Residence, The Albert, What If Projects, February 2014 - May 2014 


Affectation Correspondence, Tombstone Press, 2017 (*upcoming) 
A Project, Hatton Gallery, 2015 
How Buildings Kill, Tombstone Press, 2013 


Lecturer in Art and Design, Birmingham City University, 2017 - present
Lecturer in Illustration (0.6), Birmingham City University, 2016 - 2017 
Visiting Tutor, Life and Observational Drawing, Worcester University, 2014 - 2016 
Art and Design Teacher, M.P.W College, Birmingham, 2014 - 2016 
Artist in Residence, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 2013 
Visiting Tutor, Illustration, Birmingham City University, 2010 - 2016 


‘Re-frame and Re-Claim’, Norwich School of Art, 2017 
‘Object Oriented Illustration’ Royal Collage of Art, 2016 
‘Walkshop’ (DIG), Illustration Research, Edinburgh School of Art, 2016 
‘Reportage and the City’, Silpakorn University (Erasmus +), Thailand, 2016 
CARIS Summer School, UK, 2012/2015/2016 
‘Expanded Drawing’, Arts University Bournemouth, 2014 
‘Investigating Locations / Telling Stories’, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, 2013 

Guest Lectures: 

Norwich School of Art, 2017 
Royal Collage of Art, 2016 
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, 2014 & 2016 
Silpakorn University, Thailand, 2016 
Brighton University, 2016 
Arts University Bournemouth, 2016 
Cardiff School of Art and Design, 2015 
Winchester School of Art, 2014 


Reportage Illustration Award 2015 (Shorlisted) 
Art Books Wanted 2014 (Shortlisted) 
3x3 Illustration Awards, Student Prize, 2011 (Bronze Medal) 
Emma Jesse Phipps Bequest, 2008, Birmingham City University 
George Jackson Travel Bursary, 2008, Birmingham City University 


Ambit Magazine, Arts Council England, Folk Clothing, Dazed and Confused, Somerset House, Urban Outfitters, Diesel Jeans, Size?, Proximity Advertising Agency, Y-Not Music Festival.