Barbara Steele


I have been involved in the arts for many years, both in the United Kingdom and Canada.  After working first as a textile artist, I returned to study for a BA Fine Art (Hons) at Exeter School of Art and Design (University of Plymouth) followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and Post Graduate Certificate of Education. 

I now work across several media - painting, photography, printmaking - depending on the project.  I am particularly interested in site specific art, linking issues between art and the environment, art and place.  I have led community art projects which highlight recycling and environmental issues. 

My work is held in private collections in Canada, France and United Kingdom and in the public collection of the University of Plymouth.  


Recent Exhibitions include:


'Nine Days of Art', Brimblecombe Cider Farm, September 2002


'Art Farm Project', Rocombe Farm, September 2003

'Making Waves', Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, October 2003



'Making Waves: Dr David Kelly' at the Burton Art Gallery



Artists' Book Project, The Dart by Alice Oswald, launched January 2004 

'I Send You This', The Great Barn, Higher Ashton, Devon, August 2004



        Water Series Traces I, Traces II, Traces III (sold) at 'I Send You This' exhibition


'Response to Eden', Phoenix Gallery, Exeter, September 2004

'On the Wall', Olympia, October 2004

'Reflections at St Pancras', Exeter Autumn Festival, October 2004

'Response to Eden', Eden Project, Cornwall, October 2004

'Embodiments', Exeter Natural Health Centre, Exeter, November 2004

'All Wrapped Up', The Great Barn, Higher Ashton, Devon, November 2004



'Embodiments', Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset, May 2005

'Small Originals', Gallery 22, Ashburton, Devon, June 2005

'Reflections at Dartington Hall', in the Japanese Garden during the Ways with Words festival, Dartington Hall Estate, Devon, July 2005

'Bound/Unbound', Dartington Art Gallery, Dartington, Devon, July 2005


                'Bound/Unbound' exhibition at Dartington Art Gallery featuring my artist's bookworks

'Barbara Steele: Artist's Books', Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter, Devon, August 2005

'The Art Bar', The Great Barn, Higher Ashton, Devon, August 2005

'Embodiments', Bridgwater Arts Centre, Somerset, November 2005

'Bound/Unbound', Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Devon, October 2005



'Embodiments', Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Somerset, March/April 2006

'Barbara Steele: Paintings & Works on Paper' The Camelford Gallery, Camelford, Cornwall, June 2006

'Evolver Prize Exhibition 2006', Sherborne House, Dorset, July 2006

'Evolver Prize Exhibition 2006', Bournemouth University Atrium Gallery, August 2006

'Forest Dreaming 4', Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, Haldon Forest, Devon, September/October 2006

'Teignbridge Open Studios: Ian & Barbara Steele', Chudleigh, Devon, September 2006

'Forest Dreaming 6', Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, Haldon Forest, Devon, December 2006



'The Great Create', NT Greenway, Galmpton, Devon, July/September 2007

'Reflections at West Town Farm', Ide, Devon, September 2007


                'Reflections at West Town Farm'

'Devon Art Works', artists' open studios, Chudleigh, Devon, September 2007

'Ian & Barbara Steele', Town Mills Gallery, Lyme Regis, Dorset, October/November 2007

'Christmas Exhibition', Coombe Farm Gallery, Dittisham, Devon, November/December 2007


'Gallery Artists', Coombe Farm Gallery, Dittisham, Devon, January/September 2008

'TRAIL', Tomorrows Teignmouth Gallery, Teignmouth, Devon, September 2008


                     'Flotsam' installation for TRAIL


'Structure:Time', The Picture House, Exeter, January/February 2009

'Ten Artists Walk a Farm', West Town Farm, Ide, Exeter, September 2009


         'A Walk Around the Greenhouse at West Town Farm', artist's bookworks

Artists' Book Project, 'Cook the View', launched September 2009

Six Days of Art, Teignbridge, May/June 2010

DAN @ RD&E, Exeter, July/October 2012