Barry Tate


Barry Tate ​is a Warrnambool, Victoria based artist, master ceramicist and beloved arts educator whose practice spans over three decades of prolific production.

His work contemplates systems of belief, the propaganda art of the church, tragedy and the apocalypse. Ranging from clay, glitter, gold, fibre optics, spray paint, lights and electric motors, no material has been out of bounds in Tate’s playful investigation of fear and faith.

Tate holds a Diploma of Fine Art from Deakin University, a Post Graduate Fellowship, Fine Art – Ceramics and a Post-Graduate Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne. He has been a finalist for the Blake Prize, and in 2018 is a finalist in the Hillview Sculpture Biennial and the Western​ ​Sydney​ ​University​ ​Sculpture​ ​Award​ & ​Exhibition. His works are held in the collections of Griffith​ ​University ​Brisbane, Warrnambool​ ​Art​ ​Gallery, and in private​ ​collections​ ​in​ ​Australia​ ​and​ ​Japan.


1986 – 1987
Post-Graduate Diploma of Education, Hawthorn Institute of Education, University of Melbourne

1981 – 1982
Post Graduate Fellowship, Fine Art – Ceramics, RMIT Melbourne

1974 – 1978
Diploma of Fine Art, Deakin University


2018 Finalist, Hillview Sculpture Biennial Indoor Sculpture Award
2018 Finalist, Western Sydney University Sculpture Awards and Exhibition
2007 Finalist, Blake Prize
2005 Finalist, Blake Prize
2003 Finalist, Blake Prize


2018     Hillview Sculpture Biennial, Sutton Forest, NSW
2018     Western Sydney University Sculpture Award Exhibition, Sydney
2017     This is Colony (solo), Fox Galleries, Melbourne
2016     Director’s Choice, Fox Galleries, Melbourne
2015     Form Two Orderly Queues, The Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane
2014     Hong Kong Art Fair, Hong Kong
2012     Incandescence, Place Gallery, Melbourne (solo)
2011     Exotic Lines, Place Gallery, Melbourne (solo)
2009     Fusions Gallery, Brisbane

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