Interview with Muralist Brian Barnes

Stockwell Memorial, Brian Barnes, 2001

Brian Barnes MBE made his mark on London, and his native Battersea in particular, as both an artist and community activist. Whilst some of his most iconic murals have been lost, many remain and continue to brighten the urban streetscapes they occupy. These include Nuclear Dawn (1981) in Brixton and the Stockwell Memorial (2001). Sadly, Brian passed away in November of last year (2021). To celebrate his work we will be releasing a series of short films featuring Brian talking about his process and the political impulse that shapes his work.

Spectacle filmed many interviews with Brian Barnes over the years covering both his art and activism. The first of our films on Brian Barnes was filmed by students on one of Spectacles training courses. It features Brian discussing the his Stockwell Memorial mural and can be seen in full here:

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  1. Thank you so much for posting this. Brian was my art teacher back in the 70’s when he did a short stint at Tulse Hill School, he was someone I very much admired and looked up to and I was so sad when his daughter Eloise told me of his passing. It was so nice to hear his voice again. Brian was and always will be a legend in my eyes.

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