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In Memory of Barbara Halnan [1941-2021]


"Opening of Confluence 3" 2016 at The Shop Gallery, Sydney. Photo: W.Seeto 

Barbara Halnan described herself as an artist, painter, and installation artist; and her interests as art, music and reading. She was all that and much more and for many she was also a friend and colleague.

She played an important role in Articulate's decade as an artist-run space and was there as participant, volunteer and exhibitor and a place she regularly visited for exhibitions and openings by friends and fellow artists. Barbara was an essential part of the Articulate community, along with her colleague and partner Rose McGreevy [1945-2014]. 

"Articulate Turns 7" 2017 at Articulate Project Space, Sydney. Photo: W.Seeto

As an artist Barbara was knowledgeable, unpretentious, friendly, self-sufficient, reliable and hard-working. She went about her business with determination and when she set her mind on something she needed no prompts to achieve it. 

Barbara made an impression on everyone who met her and she will be sadly missed by those associated with Articulate. 

In 2022, Articulate will hold a survey exhibition of Barbara's work to celebrate her memory and her part in Articulate's history, as well as her place in Australian art that is reflected by her work. It will be held concurrently with an exhibition in Paris by her colleagues there and it will be live-streamed to coincide with the exhibition in Sydney. 

"Ferret 4" 2018 at Articulate Project Space, Sydney. Photo: W.Seeto

The exhibition is being organised by William Seeto, a friend and colleague of Barbara's. He is interested in locating artworks by Barbara in the possession of others and would appreciate your assistance if you have any. If you can help, he can be reached here via email.