Sharon Baker’s Biography

I am an artist based in Birmingham, England. My art practice uses printmaking processes. My work has been shown in several national print competitions and in exhibitions across the UK and France including in the House of Commons. In 2019 I was the winner of the inaugural Westmorland Landscape Prize. I gained a BA (honours) Degree in Fine Art from Wolverhampton University specialising in Printmaking and an MA in Fine Art from Coventry University. I work in the arts and manage a small local charity delivering art experiences to improve health and wellbeing: Sandwell Third Age Arts. I am also a director of Birmingham Printmakers, a not-for profit open access print workshop for artists, and a director of Make It Better C.I.C. supporting communities to live well through the arts.

Solo Exhibitions

Re-cast’ at Galerie Mayci, Moseley, Birmingham.
‘Manhole Covers: Pictures beneath your feet’ at Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery.
‘The Journey Series’  Theatre Bar, Old Joint Stock, Birmingham.
‘Lucky Roars & Love Me’ at Malvern Hills District Council Chambers.
‘Printmaker in Focus’ at Wrexham Arts Centre, Wales.
‘Things Half Forgotten’ Haden Hill House, Cradley Heath.
‘Red Echoes at the Window’ , Birmingham.
‘Arrangements for Impulse & Order’ Kidderminster Library Gallery
‘States of Mind’ at Solihull Sixth Form College, West Midlands.
‘Sharon Baker: Selected Prints’ at West Midlands Regional Arts Headquarters, Birmingham.
‘Sharon Baker: woodcuts & Lino Prints’ at Rugby Library Gallery.

Selected & Juried Group Exhibitions.
Forthcoming ( Janaury-March) Teesside Print Prize 2020 Palace Hub. Tees Valley Arts Middlesbrough.

The Rugby Open 2020
The ING Discerning Eye 2020
The 11th Coventry Open 2020 Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry.
‘Love Letters’ Gallery Top,  Rowsley, Derbyshire.

Print International, Ty Pawb, Wrexham, Wales
Westmorland Landscape Prize Rheged Centre, Cumbria. Winner of the First Prize.
‘Celebrating the year of the Print’ Winterbourne House & Gardens, University of Birmingham.
Derby Print Open 2019. Winner of the St Cuthbert’s Mill Award.
‘Micro’ at Air Gallery, Altrincham, Cheshire.
Leamington Spa Open 2019, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum.
Birmingham Printmakers at the Birmingham Midland Institute.

10th Coventry Open Exhibition, Herbert Museum & Art Gallery, Coventry.
166th Open Exhibition 2018 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
RBSA Print Prize Exhibition, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham.
Derby Print Open, Banks Mill Studios, Derby.
‘Rendez-vous aux Jardins: L’Europe des Jardins’, Cairnhill, Roiux Martin, France.
Saltaire Open Houses Arts Trail, Saltaire, Yorkshire.
NNcontemporary Art Open Exhibition Biennial 2018, Northampton.

Teeside Print Prize 2017, Saabat Gallery,  Middlesbrough.
RWA 165th Open Exhibition. Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
Leamington Spa Open 2017, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum.

‘The Masters 2016’  Etching Exhibition at Bankside Gallery, London.
Impress’16 National Contemporary Print Exhibition, Stroud, Gloucestershire.

‘Salon’ at Water Hall Gallery, Birmingham Museum & art Gallery.
National Open Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London.
Birmingham Printmakers at the Birmingham & Midlands Institute, Birmingham.

‘Birmingham Today Competition’, RBSA Gallery, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham.

‘Birmingham Printmakers: 30 Years of Printmaking 1983-2013’, at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
‘The Ludlow Open’, Harley Centre, Ludlow College, Ludlow.
‘The Worcester Open’, Worcester City Museum & Art Gallery, Worcester.
‘Summer Exhibition’ Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

‘Print-side’ at the Bond Gallery, Birmingham, with Birmingham Printmakers.
‘RE Open’ The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Bankside Gallery, London.
Printmakers Council’s ‘8th British International Mini Print Exhibition’, London Print Workshop & touring until 2014.

‘Wrexham Print international’, Oriel Wrecsam, Wales.
‘Bainbridge Open’ Print Show, London.
‘We are Birmingham’ at the Bond Gallery with Birmingham Printmakers.

‘Birmingham Printmakers Staff House Gallery Show’, Birmingham University.

‘Pushing Print’ Ingoldsby Gallery, Pie Factory & Old Town Gallery, Margate, Kent.
‘Impress ’09’ National Printmaking Festival, Stroud.

‘RBSA Print Prize Exhibition’ RBSA Gallery, Birmingham.
‘Artfest Birmingham’ Birmingham Council House Chambers.

‘New Art Birmingham NAB 2007’ Curzon Street Station, Birmingham.
‘Birmingham Open Art Show’ Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

‘Virtual’, Ernst & Young Offices, Birmingham.
‘A Stitch in Time’, Riverside Gallery, Richmond, London.
‘Virtual’, City Inn, Birmingham

‘Derby City Open’, Derby City Art Gallery.
‘Animal, Vegetable & Mineral’, Periscope Gallery, Birmingham.

‘Small Works’, Periscope Gallery, Birmingham.
‘Blue Skies’, Custard Factory, Birmingham.

‘Flipside’, St Paul’s Gallery, Birmingham.
‘Birmingham Works II’, Chuck Works, Birmingham.

‘Access all Areas’, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry.
Birmingham Print Workshop at Warstone Gallery, Birmingham.
‘Birmingham Works I’, Chuck Works Birmingham.

‘A Century of Art at Warstone’, Warstone Gallery, Birmingham.
Keele University Exhibition with Birmingham Printmakers.
Crescent Theatre, Birmingham with Birmingham Printmakers.

MA Show at Lanchester Gallery, Coventry University.
Spike Island Print Show, Bristol.

‘Pressing Forward’  Midlands Arts Centre MAC with Birmingham Print Workshop.
‘4 Birmingham Printmakers’ at London Print Workshop.

Making a Mark’ Custard Factory, Birmingham.
Cheltenham Open Drawing Competition.

‘Twilight Shift’ Bond Gallery, Birmingham.
New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton with Birmingham Printmakers.
‘Proof’ Midlands Arts Centre MAC, Birmingham, with Birmingham Printmakers.

Leicester Art Exhibition for Schools and colleges.

Bournville College of Art, Birmingham institute of art & Design two person show with Glenn Griffiths.
‘First Bite’ Wolverhampton Polytechnic Printmakers Degree Show, Midlands Art Centre.

Live Performance Art
‘Flux-Fest’ Fluxus Festival performance & artwork commission at Vivid, Birmingham.
Performer in ‘Yin Yang: You can’t have sound without silence’ by Andrew Phillips, Bond Gallery, Birmingham.

2019 Winner of the Westmorland Landscape Prize.
Winner of the St Cuthberts Mill Award at Derby Print Open.
2008 Birmingham City Council Creative Space Business Grant.
Arts in Sandwell Local Arts Fund Award.
Arts Council England Creative Ambition Award.
Artists Access to Art Colleges: Coventry University.
1994 West Midlands Arts Bursary Award.
Princes Trust Development Award.

Curated Exhibitions.
‘Art in Empty Spaces’,  Queens Square, West Bromwich for Sandwell Third Age Arts.

‘Arts All Over the Place’ Festival of Arts and Mental Health, Custard Factory, for Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS  Trust.
‘Survivor Art Exhibition’ at Birmingham University for the Institute of Applied Social Sciences & Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust.

‘Spring Celebration’s’ at Haden Hill House, Cradley Heath, for Sandwell Third Age Arts.
‘Survivor Art Exhibition’ at Birmingham University for the Institute of Applied Social Sciences & Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust.