Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’s prints on show at The Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Bideford

Eclipse, etching, 1999

Eclipse, 1999, Etching, ed of 25

‘A Different Way of Working: the Prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’ now in Devon

Opening Saturday: From March 25 – May 14 Wilhelmina Barns-Graham has 59 of her prints exhibited at The Burton at Bideford, covering the period from 1950 to 2003.


The exhibition, which is curated by Ann Gunn of St Andrews University and is titled A Different Way of Working: The Prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, illustrates the broad range of printmaking techniques –  offset drawing,  lino-cutting, etching, lithography and screen-printing – that she used at different times in her life.


The exhibition charts her journey as a printmaker; that she worked with some of the UK’s most renowned printers, including Kip Gresham and Stanley Jones (both of whom worked at Curwen Press), culminating with examples from the exceptional set of 65 prints which are the product of an extraordinary collaboration with Carol Robertson of Graal Press, that she started in 1998 aged 86!


As Wilhelmina Barns-Graham was one of the few of her St Ives peers to become fully involved with printmaking, it was important to the Burton’s Collections and Exhibitions Manager, Warren Collum, that the exhibition told the story of her evolving work. He said: “As well as the stunning, innovative prints and sketches in the exhibition, we’ll have many of Wilhelmina’s tools and studio materials to really give visitors an insight into how she produced her work. We’re very much looking forward to having Wilhelmina’s experimental work with us until May.”


Trust Chairman, Geoffrey Bertram, will open the exhibition on Saturday March 25 at 2pm. He will also be doing a separate ‘talk and tour’ event on May 6 at 2pm.



The Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon  EX39 2QQ

Tel 01237 471 455       www.burtonartgallery.co.uk

Opening times   Monday – Saturday: 10am-4pm   Sunday: 11am-4pm