Early Life - 1912 - 1935


Born 8 June, St Andrews, Fife.


Family moved to Stirlingshire.


Visited Paris and Rouen.

1931 – 33

Edinburgh College of Art, Diploma Course (Painting) DAE.

1932 – 34

Maintenance scholarship from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).

1933 – 34

Studio at St Andrews, while recovering from illness.


Vacation Scholarship (Andrew Grant bequest) for study in London.

1934 – 37

Continued at Edinburgh College of Art.




Andrew Grant Bequest Vacation Scholarship– studied at the National Gallery in London.

  • First exhibited painting at SSA, RSA Galleries, Edinburgh. (g)
  • Visited Iona with College friends.
  • Maintenance award, Edinburgh College of Art, extended for a second year on merit.
  • First exhibited painting at SSA, RSA Galleries, Edinburgh. (g)
1935 - 1939

1935 – 43

*Society of Scottish Artists, Edinburgh. (g)


Andrew Grant Bequest Vacation Scholarship, to study in London at Easter.

1936 – 40

Studio at 5 Alva Street, Edinburgh.


1937 - 1939

1937 – Awarded ECA Andrew Grant Vacation Scholarship to study at the International Exhibition Paris.

  • Received Painting and Drawing Diploma (DA Edinburgh).
  • Travelled to Paris and South of France (St Tropez and Ramatuelle) in the company of Margaret Mellis.
  • Edinburgh College of Art award for maintenance of studio and evening class fees.

1938 – Post Diploma Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship, to study abroad but deferred for one year due to ill health

  • Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. (g)
  • Annual Exhibition of Modern Art, Fine Art Society, Edinburgh. (g)

1939 – Received a special ECA maintenance Scholarship for one year, for full-time study.

  • Worked in Henley on Thames and Scotland – Aviemore, Rothiemurchus Forest and Kirkcudbright.

1940 – ECA Special Maintenance Scholarship renewed for one year

  • ECA Special Maintenance Scholarship renewed for one year, to work in Cornwall as recommended by Hubert Wellington.  Met Adrian Stokes and his wife Margaret Mellis, with whom she had been at art college in Edinburgh; Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Naum and Miriam Gabo, Herbert Read, Borlase Smart, John and Elizabeth Summerson, Margaret Gardiner, Bernard Leach and Alfred Wallis.

1940 – Moved into No. 3 Porthmeor Studios.

1941 – Met John Wells.

  • Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. (g)

1941 – 42 – Worked in Hampton’s camouflage factory, St Ives.

1942 – Became member of Newlyn Society of Artists and St Ives Society of Artists.

  • 1942 – 49 -*Newlyn Society of Artists. (g)
  • 1942 – 49 – *St Ives Society of Artists. (g)
1942 - 1945

1943 – Introduced Borlase Smart to Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth.

  • Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. (g)

1944 – Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. (g)

1945 – St Austell Brewery prize for landscape.

  • First met David Haughton, Bryan Wynter, Guido Morris.
  • Watercolours and Drawings by Living Scottish Artists, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh. (g)
  • The Moderns, Castle Inn, St Ives. (g)


1945 - 48

1945 – 47 – St Ives Society of Artists, travelling exhibition in UK and South Africa. (g)

  • Private teaching.
  • *Modern Artists, Downing Gallery, St Ives. (g)

1946 – First meetings of Crypt Group in her studio.

1947 – Downing Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall. (s)

1947 – 48 – Met David Lewis (married 1949, annulled 1963).

Crypt Group second and third exhibitions.

1948 – Redfern Gallery, London. (g)



Visit to Switzerland with the Brotherton family

  • Worked on glacier drawings and gouaches in Switzerland.
  • Worked in Paris.
  • Founder member of the Penwith Society of Artists.
  • Resigned from the St Ives Society of Artists with 16 others.
  • Downing Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall. (s)
  • Redfern Gallery, London. (g)
1949 - 51

1949-99 *Penwith Society of Arts, St Ives. (g)

1950 – Visited Italy; attended Barbara Hepworth opening at Venice Biennale.

  • Aspects of British Art, ICA, London. (g)

1951 – St Ives Festival Prize for painting.

  • Visited Italy and Scilly Isles. Worked in Paris.
  • St Ives Festival. (s)
  • Fifteen Artists from Around St Ives, Heals, London. (g)
  • British Abstract Art, Gimpel Fils, London. (g)
  • Abstract Painting, Sculptures, Mobiles, Artist International Association (AIA), London. (g)
  • Danish, British and American Abstract Artists, Riverside  Museum, New York. (g)
  • St Ives Festival Exhibition, Penwith Society. (g)
  • Artists of Fame and Promise, Leicester Galleries, London. (g)
  • Redfern Gallery, London. (g)


1952 - 53

1952 – Attended Penzance School of Art to learn etching and engraving.

  • Recent Paintings and Glacier Constructions, Redfern Gallery, London. (First solo artist show in London.) (s)
  • WIAC (Women’s International Art Club) Exhibition, RBA Galleries, London (invited artist). (g)
  • The Mirror and the Square: An Exhibition of Art ranging from Realism to Abstraction, AIA, London. (g)

1953 – Visited Paris. Met among others, Giacometti, Arp and Antoine Pevsner.

  • Travelled to Italy. Worked in San Gimignano.
  • Went to Scilly Isles.
  • International watercolour exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, New York. (g)
  • Artists of Fame and Promise, Leicester Galleries, London. (g)
  • West Country Landscape, Arts Council (South West region) exhibition. (g)

1954 – Worked in Tuscany and the Province of Siena.

  • Travelled to Paris with David Lewis and Roger Hilton With Nicholson, visited the director of Aujourd’hui at his glass-wall house.
  • Visited Veira de Silva.
  • Travelled to Venice to attend Ben Nicholson’s Biennale exhibition; met Peggy Guggenheim
  • Recent Italian Drawings, Downing Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall. (s)
  • Small Paintings, Carved Reliefs and Drawings, Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London. (s)
  • British Painting and Sculpture 1954, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. (g)
  • British Watercolours 1914-1953: Empire Art Loan Exhibitions Society tour to Australia. (g)

1955 – Travelled to Milan, Rome, Tuscany, Campania, Umbria and Sicily.

  • Italian Government travelling award.
  • Attended Ben Nicholson’s exhibition at the Museé Nationale d’Art Moderne, Paris.
  • Met Poliakoff, Istrati and Michel Seuphor, visited studios of Brancusi, Arp, Giacometti and Pevsner.
  • Seven Scottish Artists, Scottish Arts Council touring exhibition. (g)
  • Annual Exhibition, City Art Gallery, Bradford. (g)
  • Abstract Art 2, Milan (invited artist). (g)
  • Aspects of Contemporary Scottish Painting, South London Art Gallery, and tour. (g)
  • Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London. (g)
1956 - 60

1956 – Drawings from Sicily, Italy and South West Cornwall, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

  • First solo artist show in Scotland. (s)
  • Annual Exhibition, City Art Gallery, Bradford. (g)

1956-57 – On staff of Leeds School of Art.

1957 – Modern Art in Yorkshire, City Art Gallery, Wakefield. (s)

  • Yorkshire Artist Exhibition, Leeds City Art Gallery. (g)

1958 – Travelled to Spain; Barcelona and the Balearics.

  • First House Exhibition; drawings, paintings and sculpture of the 20th century, Waddington Galleries, London. (g)
  • Colour, Line & Form, Waddington Galleries, London. (g)

1959 – The John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 1959. (g)

1960 – Inherited estate of Balmungo, near St Andrews, from Aunt, Mary Neish.

  • Recent Gouaches and Spanish Drawings, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (s)
  • Artists from Waddington Galleries, Nottingham University Gallery. (g)
  • Painters from Cornwall, City Art Gallery, Plymouth. (g)
  • Penwith Society of Arts Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, Arts Council touring show. (g)
Mid Career 1 : Order and Disorder - 1961

1961 – Contemporary Scottish Artists, Scottish Committee of the Arts Council exhibition, Toronto, Canada. (g)

  • Watercolours and Drawings by Contemporary Scottish Artists: from the Collection of the Scottish Committee of the Arts Council, touring exhibition. (g)
  • International exhibition of works in Watercolour, Brooklyn Museum, New York. (g)
  • British Watercolours, Waddington Gallery, London (tour to Stockholm, Sweden). (g)
1961 - 65

1961-63 – Rented studio in London.

1962 – West Penwith Painters and Sculptors, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol. (g)

1963 – Returned to St Ives. Purchased No.1 Barnaloft, St Ives.

  • Waddington Galleries, London, summer exhibition. (g)

1963-65 – Worked in Scotland and St Ives.

1964 – Pictures for Schools, Royal College of Art Gallery, London. (g)

1965 – Three weeks in USA with Contemporary Art Society, visiting museums and collections.

  • Painters from West Penwith, St Ives, within SSWA (Scottish Society of Women Artists) Annual Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh. (g)
1966 - 70

1966 – Visited Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft and Rotterdam.

  • British Painting 1940-1949: From the Collection of the Arts Council, Arts Council exhibition. (g)
  • Five Artists, Peterloo Gallery, Manchester. (g)
  • WIAC Exhibition, Whitechapel Art Gallery (invited artist). (g)

1968 – Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh. (s)

  • The Bear Lane Gallery, Oxford. (s)

Marjorie Parr Gallery, St Ives. (g)

  • British Painting 1940-1949: From the Collection of the Arts Council, Arts Council exhibition, touring Scotland. (g)

1970 – Sheviock Gallery, Cornwall. (s)

  • Park Square Gallery, Leeds. (s)
  • Contemporary Scottish Paintings (purchased by the Scottish Arts Council over the past four years), Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. (g)


1970 - 73

1970-71 – Helen Sutherland Collection, Arts Council touring exhibition. (g)

1971 – Marjorie Parr Gallery, London. (s)

1972 – Plymouth Society of Art, annual exhibition (invited artist). (g)

1973 – Introduced to Rowan James, who became her personal assistant.

1973-92 – Worked in St Ives and St Andrews.

1973-89 – *Wills Lane Gallery, St Ives. (g)

1977 - 80

1977 – British Artists of the 60s, Tate Gallery, London. (g)

Cornwall 1940-55, New Art Centre, London. (g)

1978 – The New Art Centre, London. (s)

  • Scottish Paintings and Watercolours, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (g)
  • Painters in Parallel, Scottish Arts Council Festival Exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art. (g)
  • The Modern Spirit in Scottish Painting, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (g)

1979 – Tate Gallery ’79, Tate Gallery, London. (g)

1979-99 – *New Craftsmen Gallery, St Ives. (g)

1980 – Contemporary Art Society exhibition, Sothebys Edinburgh Festival Exhibition. (g)


Mid Career 2 : Expanding Forwards - 1981 - 82

1981 – The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (s)

  • LYC Museum and Art Gallery, Cumbria. (s)
  • Newlyn Society of Artists, Galerie Artica, Cuxhaven, Germany. (g)

1981-83 – Contemporary Art from Scotland, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh (Scottish Arts Council tour). (g)

1982 – Paintings and Drawings, Crawford Centre for the Arts, St Andrews.

  • (Shown at Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney, in 1984.). (s)
  • Scottish Artists, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (g)
  • The Sea, St Ives and the Seeing Eye, St Ives Festival Exhibition, Penwith Gallery. (g)
  • Art from Cornwall, Galerie Artica, Cuxhaven. (g)
1984 - 86

1984-85 – Worked in Orkney.

1984 – The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney. (s)

  • Homage to Herbert Read, University of Kent, Canterbury. (g)

1985 – St Ives 1939-64, Tate Gallery, London. (g)

  • Cornwall 1925-1975, Michael Parkin Gallery, London. (g)

1986 – Elected President of the Friends of Crawford Arts Centre.

  • Forty Years of Modern Art 1945-1985, Tate Gallery, London. (g)
  • The Modern Spirit in Scottish Painting II, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (g
1986 - 89

1986 onwards – Regular exhibitor at Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. (g)

1987-04 – Worked in St. Ives and St. Andrews.

1987 – Established the Barns-Graham Trust (activated upon her death in 2004).

  • Gillian Jason Gallery, London. (s)
  • Aspects of Landscape, Scottish Arts Council touring exhibition. (g)
  • Looking West, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Royal College of Art, London.  (g)

1987-89 – The Experience of Landscape: paintings, drawings and photographs from the Arts Council of Great Britain Collection, South Bank Centre/ Arts Council touring exhibition. (g)

1988 – Ancrum Gallery, Roxburghshire. (s)

  • The Scottish Painters Abroad, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (g)
  • Some of the Moderns, Belgrave Gallery, London. (g)
1988 - 90

1988-89 – Freeing the Spirit, Contemporary Scottish Abstraction, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews. (g)

1989-90 – Worked in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

  • W. Barns-Graham Retrospective 1940 – 1989, touring to Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance; City Art Centre, Edinburgh; Perth Museum and Art Gallery; Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews; Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr. (s)
  • Scottish Art since 1900, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and tour to Barbican Art Gallery, London. (g)

1989 – The Scottish Gallery, London. (s)

  • Post-War British Art, Austin Desmond Fine Art, London. (g)
  • A Century of Art in Cornwall 1889 – 1989, The County Museum and Art Gallery, Truro, Cornwall. (g)
  • Song of the Sea, Dundee Museum and Art Gallery. (g)
  • 20th Century Scottish Paintings, The Scottish Gallery, London. (g)
  • 40 Years at the Penwith, Beaux Arts, Bath Festival. (g)
1990 - 92

1990 – Ancrum Gallery, Roxburghshire. (s)

  • Scottish Art 1900 – 1990, The Scottish Gallery, London.  (g)
  • Festival of Fifty-One, Arts Council Collection touring exhibition. (g)
  • Three Generations of Scottish Painters, Beaux Arts, Bath Festival. (g)
  • Some of the Moderns, Belgrave Gallery, London. (g)
  • Scottish Drawing, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (g)

1991 – Visited Barcelona. Studied the work of Tàpies, Miró and Picasso.

  • St Ives, Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London. (g)
  • Directions Near and Far, William Jackson Gallery, London. (g)

1991-92 – Worked in Lanzarote.

Late Flourish - 1992 - 93

1992 – Received Honorary Doctorate, University of St. Andrews.

  • Honorary Member Penwith Society and Newlyn Society.
  • W. Barns-Graham Drawings, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews and The Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro (s)
  • Artists from Cornwall, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. (g)
  • The Scottish Gallery: The First 150 Years, Festival Exhibition, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (g)
  • New Beginnings, Postwar British Art, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. (g)
  • Flowers East, London. (g)

1992-93 – W. Barns-Graham at 80

  • William Jackson Gallery, London touring to Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie; Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal; Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter; Dundee Art Galleries & Museum, Dundee; Wakefield Art Gallery, Wakefield. (s)

1993 – Tate St. Ives: changing collection display, and throughout following years. (g)

1994 - 95

1994 – Drawings 1945-1960, Art First, London. (s)

  • The Wolf at the Door, Penzance. (s)
  • British Abstract Paintings, Flowers East, London. (g)
  • Painters Prints, Curwen Gallery, London. (g)
  • Curwen Gallery Contemporary Prints, Coach House Gallery, Guernsey. (g)

1995 – Art First, London. (s)

  • Porthmeor Beach: A Century of Images, Tate St Ives. (g)
  • 100 Years Context & Continuity, Newlyn Art Gallery. (g)
  • A Cornish Midsummer, Royal West of England Academy; in collaboration with the Penwith Society, St Ives. (g)
  • Cornwall, New Academy Gallery, London. (g)
  • William Gear Friends Past & Present, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. (g)
1996 - 98

1996 – The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (s)

1996-97 – The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. (s)

1997 – Art First, London. (s)

  • The New Millennium Gallery, St. Ives. (s)
  • Three Years On!, Art First, London. (g)
  • Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW), Edinburgh, Critics Choice. (g)
  • The Fifties: Art from the British Council Collection, touring to Cyprus, France and Ireland. (g)
  • The Impact of Abstraction, Tate Gallery St Ives. (g)

1998 – Henley Arts Festival, Henley on Thames, with Art First (London). (g)

  • Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition, London. (g)
  • Displays 1997-8, Tate, St. Ives. (g)
  • Curwen Print Makers, Curwen Gallery, London. (g)
1998 - 2000

1998-2004 – *Royal Scottish Academy (RSA), Edinburgh. (g)

1998-2004 – *Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW), Edinburgh. (g)

1999 – Honorary Member RSA and RSW and Scottish Arts Club.

  • Received Honorary Doctorate, University of Plymouth.
  • McGeary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium. (s)
  • Art First, London. (s)
  • Liberation and Tradition – Scottish Art 1875 – 1963, Aberdeen Art Gallery and McManus Gallery, Dundee. (g)
  • Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London. (g)
  • Scotland’s Art, City Art Centre, Edinburgh. (g)
  • RSA Festival Exhibition, Edinburgh. (g)
  • St Ives and British Modernism, Jonathan Clark Gallery, London. (g)

1999-2000 – Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: An Enduring Image, Tate Gallery St. Ives. (s)


2001 – Awarded CBE for Services to Art.

  • Awarded Honorary Doctorate, University of Exeter.
  • Publication of first edition of W. Barns-Graham; a studio life, by Lynne Green, published by Lund Humphries
  • Eigse, Carlow Arts Festival, Ireland – invited Principal Artist. (s)
  • W. Barns-Graham Prints, Exeter University. (s)
  • W. Barns-Graham: painting as celebration, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews.
  • Art First, London. (s)
  • Art First in Print, Art First, London. (g)
  • New Work from Scotland, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames. (g)
  • Critic’s Choice (Mark Lawson), Newlyn Art Gallery. (g)
  • St. Ives in the 60s, Tate Gallery St. Ives. (g)
  • St Ives Past and Present: paintings and prints, New Academy Gallery, London. (g)
  • The Colourist Connection, McManus Gallery, Dundee. (g)
2002 - 04

2002-04 – ‘W. Barns-Graham: painting as celebration’

  • ‘W. Barns-Graham: painting as celebration’, toured by Crawford Arts Centre, St. Andrews to Aberdeen Art Gallery; Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro; Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield; City Art Gallery and Museum, York; Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University; Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston upon Hull; Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie; Hawick Museum. (s)

2002 – Elected as Honorary Member of the Royal West of England Academy.

  • ‘Wilhelmina Barns-Graham – A Celebration at 90’, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (s)
  • ‘Wilhelmina Barns-Graham at 90; A Tribute from Art First’, London. (s)
  • Critic’s Choice (Mel Gooding), Newlyn Art Gallery. (g)
  • Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. (g)
  • Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London. (g)
  • Lemon Street Gallery, Truro. (g)

2003 – Awarded Honorary Doctorate, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

  • Newlyn Art Gallery – new screenprints. (g)

Died 26 January 2004, St Andrews at age of 91.

Subsequent Events - 2004 - 2006

2004 – Wilhelmina Barns-Graham 1912 – 2004: A Tribute – Recent Paintings and New Prints’, Art First, London. (s)

  • Ben Nicholson and the St Ives School, Permanent Collection Display, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. (g)

2005 – On 31 January, Rowan James died following a short illness.

  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Movement and Light Imag(in)ing Time’, Tate Gallery St Ives
  • Fine Prints from the Final Decade, Art First, London. (s)
  • Famous Fifers, St Andrews Museum. (g)

2006 – Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Important Works from her Career, Art First, London. (s)

  • Late Prints and Small Painting, Dorse Gallery, South Petherton, Somerset. (s)
2006 - 07

2006-07 – Consider the Lilies

  • Consider the Lilies – Works from Dundee’s Twentieth Century Art Collection’, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 2, Edinburgh, touring to the Fleming Collection, London. (g)

 2007 – The prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: A Complete Catalogue, by Ann Gunn, published by Lund Humphries.

  • Paintings and Drawings 1952 – 2003, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (s)
  • Elemental Energies: the Art of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Trinity Hall, Cambridge. (s)
  • A Different Way of Working, Gateway Gallery, University of St Andrews. (s)
  • Evolution: the Work of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Sherborne House, Sherborne, Dorset. (s)
  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham in Print, Art First, London. (s)
  • A Life in Print, Penwith Galleries, St Ives. (s)
  • Modernism in St Ives, Tate Gallery St Ives. (g)
  • Pier Art Centre, Stromness, Orkney. (g)

2008 – Art First, London. (s)

  • The Legacy of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Paintings and Drawings 1938-2003 in the Collection of The Barns-Graham Charitable Trust, Art London Art Fair (Invited Charity). (s)
  • An Adventure in Printmaking, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames. (s)
  • Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast (Prints). (s)
  • Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh (Prints). (s)
  • The Art of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, David Krut Projects, New York. (s)
  • Behind Closed Doors: Birmingham’s Private Collections from van Dyck to Cornelia Parker, Barber Institute of Arts, University of Birmingham. (g)
  • Energy in Abstraction: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham/Sandra Blow, Art First, London. (g)
  • St Ives Moderns, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives. (g)
  • British Abstract Art 1950-1985, Portland Gallery, London. (g)
2008 - 12

2008-09 – Four Scottish Painters

  • Four Scottish Painters: W. Barns-Graham, John Bellany, Alan Davie, Anne Redpath, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. (g)

2009 – Order and Disorder: Paintings 1965-1980, Art First, London. (s)

  • ZOOM: Looking Back/Looking Forward, Art First, London. (g)
  • The Edinburgh School of Painting, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall. (g)
  • Collage London/New York, Fred Mann, London. (g)
  • Society of Scottish Artists Annual, Vision Building, Dundee. (g)

2009-12 – A Discipline of the Mind

  • A Discipline of the Mind – The Drawings of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham,
    Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney, and tour to Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds (2009); Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery (2011); Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford, North Devon (2012); Perth Art Gallery & Museum (2012). (s)
2010 - 11

2010 – Relief Collages 1982-1987, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (s)

  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham – On Growth and Form, Paintings and Drawings 1950-2002, Tower Building, University of Dundee (as part of the 150th D’Arcy Thomson Anniversary). (s)
  • Edge of Abstraction, Mascalls School Gallery, Paddock Wood, Kent. (g)
  • Artists of St Ives and the South West, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. (g)
  • Godrevy Light, National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall. (g)
  • Volcano: Turner to Warhol, Compton Verney, Warwickshire. (g)
  • Cross Currents in Modern British Art: Part I – English Modernism, The Fine Art Society, London. (g)

2011 – Publication of second edition, revised and expanded, of W. Barns-Graham; a studio life, by Lynne Green, published by Lund Humphries.

  • Colour as Celebration, Prints and Paintings, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames. (s)
  • St Ives Moderns, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives. (g)
  • Scottish Art 1650-2010: Work from the City’s Collection, City Art Centre, Edinburgh. (g)

2012 – Centenary Year celebrating artist’s birth.

  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: a Scottish artist in St Ives, Fleming Collection, London and City Art Centre Edinburgh. (s)
  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: a Line of Drawing 1943-1993, Art First, London. (s)
  • A Joy of Colour: late prints and paintings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Watermill Gallery, Aberfeldy. (s)
  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham; from St Andrews to St Ives, 108 Fine Art, Harrogate.
  • A Different Way of Working. The Prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Inverness. Museum & Art Gallery and tour to St Fergus Gallery, Wick; Iona Gallery, Kingussie; Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries. (s)
  • A St Andrews Modernist. Paintings, Drawings & Prints by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham 1912-2004, Fraser Gallery, St Andrews. (s)
  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham – Collector’s Choice, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (s)
  • An Artist in St Ives: paintings & Drawings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham 1912-2004, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives. (s)
  • Drawn to Colour: Prints and Drawings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Shirley Crowther Art at The Jointure Studio, Ditchling, Sussex. (s)

2013 – A Different Way of Working.

  • A Different Way of Working. The Prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Dick Institute, Kilmarnock, touring to Scott Art Gallery, Hawick Museum. (s)
  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: the Late Prints 1998-2004, ART@47, Pittenweem, Fife. (s)
  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: The Printed Image, 108 Fine Art, Harrogate. (s)
  • Mathematical Beauty: the Science and Art of Form, Gateway Galleries, University of St Andrews. (g)
  • Artist Prints, Waterhouse & Dodd, London. (g)
  • Collecting Prints, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames. (g)
  • Forty Years of Fine Art, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames. (g)

2014 – Sale of Balmungo House, St Andrews.

  • In Perspective: the Late Paintings, Art First, London. (s)
  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Prints, Leyden Gallery, London. (s)
  • A Survey of Works from 1945-1995, Art First at Art London Art Fair. (g)
  • Modern Masters III, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (g)
  • Modern British & St Ives Exhibition, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives. (g)
  • Scottish Art Today, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames. (g)
  • Modern British Heroines, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (g)
  • Rhythms of Land and Sea: an Exhibition Celebrating Orkney, in recognition of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’s seminal trip to the islands, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (g)
  • No Foreign Land: Landscapes from the Fleming Collection, Fleming Collection, London. (g)
  • Five from St Ives: Barns-Graham, Berlin, Frost, Hilton & Wells, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives. (g)

2015 – Coast to Coast, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames. (s)

  • Delineations: Drawings at Art First, Art First, London. (g)
  • A Scottish Selection: Paintings from the Fleming Collection, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings. (g)
  • St Ives Connections: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham with Roger Hilton, John Wells and Bryan Winter, Art First, London. (g)
  • Artists and Music, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames.  (g)
  • A Selection of Prints from the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust Gift, The Scottish National of Modern Art 2, Edinburgh.  (s)
  • Modern Scottish Women Painters and Sculptors 1885 – 1965, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 2, Edinburgh.  (g)

2016  – Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Last Light, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (s)

  • Collection of Collages 1982 – 1993, Art First, London.  (s)
  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: a Scottish artist in St Ives, Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance, Cornwall.  (s)
  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: St Andrews and St Ives, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives.  (s)
  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham – Line and Rhythm: Line Drawings and Late Prints, Watermill Gallery, Aberfeldy.  (s)
  • A Different Way of Working : the prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Beverley Art Gallery, Yorkshire.  (s)
  • St Ives Exhibition 2016, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives.  (g)
  • Seeing Round Corners, Turner Contemporary, Margate.  (g)
  • Artists and Music, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames.  (g)

2017 – Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Waterhouse & Dodd, London (s)

  • A Different Way of Working: the prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon (s)
  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: St Ives 1940-1947, Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall (s)
  • London Art Fair, with Waterhouse & Dodd (g)
  • Wynwood Art Fair, Miami, with Waterhouse & Dodd (g)
  • TEFAF, Maastricht, with Waterhouse & Dodd (g)
  • Women Artists: Power and Presence, Otter Gallery, University of Chichester (g)
  • Portraits of Stromness, Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney (g)
  • A Studio Practice, The Scotish Gallery, Edinburgh (g)
  • St Ives Annual, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives (g)
  • Artists of Fame and Promise, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames (g)
  • Patricia Cain: Seeing beyond the Immediate, Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries and The Scott Gallery, Hawick (g)
  • Coastal Connections, Otter Gallery, University of Chichester (g)
  • Two points Atlantic: St Ives and Provincetown, Crane Kalman Gallery, London (g)
  • Modern Art and St Ives, Tate St Ives (g)
  • Miami Art Fair, with Waterhouse & Dodd (g)

2018 – A Joy of Colour – Late Paintings and Prints by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames (s)

  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham – Sea, Rock, Earth and Ice, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, touring to Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield (s)
  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Rhythms of Colour, Watermill Gallery, Aberfeldy (s)
  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: The Late Prints, Gallagher & Turner Gallery, Newcastle (s)
  • Linear Meditations, Charing Cross Hospital, London (s)
  • Virginia Woolf An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings, Tate St Ives, and tour to Pallant House, Chichester and Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (g)
  • London Art Fair, with Waterhouse & Dodd (g)
  • TEFAF Maastricht, with Waterhouse & Dodd (g)
  • REVERBERATIONS – Modern Art in St Ives, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives (g)
  • International Blues, Fen Ditton Gallery, Cambridge (g)
  • Art of Collecting, Mall Galleries, London (g)
  • Modern Master VIII, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh (g)
  • Trees Observed, Fen Ditton Gallery, Cambridge (g)
  • British Art Fair, with Waterhouse & Dodd (g)
  • Shared History: The art of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, George Dannatt and John Wells, Waterhouse & Dodd, London (g)
  • Drawing from the Past, Callendar House, Falkirk (g)
  • 50/50: Fifty Women Artists 1900-1950, Mercers Hall, London (g)
  • ART MIAMI, with Waterhouse & Dodd (g)

2019 – Earth, Ice, Rock and Sea – the art of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, 108 Fine Art, Harrogate (s)

  • Linear Meditations, St Mary’s Hospital, London and Milton Keynes University Hospital (s)
  • A Distant Isle – Wilhelmina Barns-Graham in Lanzarote, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives (s)
  • Squares in Movement, Penwith Gallery, St Ives (s)
  • A Journey Through Four Decades, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh (s)
  • Edinburgh School and Wider Circle, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh (g)
  • Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, with Waterhouse & Dodd (g)
  • London Art Fair, with Waterhouse & Dodd (g)
  • A Good Night, Falmouth Art Gallery (g)
  • IN Colour: Sickert to Riley, Wolfson Gallery, Charleston, East Sussex (g)
  • The Last Hurrah, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames (g)
  • 50/50: Fifty Women Artists 1900-1950, Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds (g)
  • The World As Yet Unseen; Women Artists in Conversation with Partou Zia, Falmouth Art Gallery (g)
  • St Ives Moderns, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives (g)
  • Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
  • Lines from Scotland, St Andrews Museum (g)
  • SSA Annual, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (g)
  • Creative Tensions – The Penwith Society of Arts 1949-1960, Penlee House Museum, Penzance (g)
  • All that the rain promises and more…. , Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh (g)

2020 – Inspirational Journeys, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (s)

  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Prints, Royal West of England Academy (s)
  • Collages 1982 – 1987, Waterhouse & Dodd (s) (online)
  • Nature’s Energies – Drawings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, The Watermill Gallery Aberfeldy (s)
  • St Ives: Movements in Art and Life, Royal West of England Academy (g)
  • London Art Fair with Waterhouse & Dodd (g)
  • Lines from Scotland, Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, touring (g)
  • Seeing Red, Fen Ditton Gallery, Nr Cambridge (g)
  • Modern Masters Women, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh (g)
  • 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Gallagher & Turner, Newcastle upon Tyne (g)
  • Winter 2020, Belgrave St Ives (g)

2021 – Inspirational Journeys, The Atkinson, Southport (s)

  • Modern Master XII, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh (g)