Barbara Campbell is an Australian artist who works primarily in the medium of performance. Since 1982 she has worked with the specific physical and contextual properties of a given site, be it art gallery, museum, atrium, tower, radio airwaves and now the internet, in developing and presenting her works.
After completing undergraduate degrees in fine arts and art history, Barbara Campbell was awarded a Master of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney in 1998. She has been artist-in-residence at numerous Australian university campuses and at studios in Santa Monica, New York and Paris. In 1994 she was awarded the New South Wales Women and Arts Fellowship and in 2004 she received a Fellowship from the Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.
Prior to 1001 NIGHTS CAST, Barbara Campbell’s most recent performance/exhibition was THE GRIMWADE EFFECT at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne in October-December, 2003. This project was the result of her Macgeorge Fellowship at the University of Melbourne in 2002. The Grimwade Effect was reconfigured at the CraftACT Gallery, Canberra for Metis in May 2004.
Between 1996 and 2001 Campbell developed and presented work at various sites around The University of Sydney. These came together in the survey exhibition FLESH WINNOW, in 2002. The accompanying collection of essays of the same name was published jointly by the Department of Performance Studies and the Power Institute: Foundation for Art and Visual Culture of The University of Sydney.
Although performance art is by its nature ephemeral, artefacts and objects created in and around Campbell’s performances are in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia; Griffith University; Queensland University; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the State Library of Queensland and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She was also commissioned to create CAMERAL, a public art work for the ACT Legislative Assembly, Canberra in 2001.