James M Barrett has been a professional artist for 30 years (For 15 years as one half of the duo Barrett-Forster). He has an MA Fine Art (distinction) from Goldsmiths and MA Cultural Studies (distinction) from TVU.

He has had solo exhibitions in: The Australian Centre for Photography, North Melbourne Town Hall (Australia), Cambridge Darkroom Gallery, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester Green Rooms, New Art Projects Gallery (London), The Museum of Installation, Rear Window Gallery, and Harvey Nichols Department Store Windows.

He has also exhibited in international group shows for: The Australian National Gallery, Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art, Experimenta (Australia), Hong Kong Arts Centre, MAMA (Rotterdam), Oude Kerk and Gallery Art Kitchen (both Amsterdam), Hal Bromm Gallery (NY), Practice Space (LA), Berkeley Art Museum and Duke University (both USA), Naarden Photography Festival (Netherlands), le Confort Modern (France), and FNAC (touring Europe).

In London James has exhibited in: The Victoria & Albert Museum, South London Art Gallery, The Guildhall, Clifford Chance, Gasworks Gallery, Financial Times, Sadlers Wells, Riverside Studios, Catto Contemporary, Aldwych Station; and made commissions for The Institute of Contemporary Art. Nationally he has exhibited in: Manchester City Art Gallery, The Cornerhouse Gallery, Walsall New Gallery, MAC (Birmingham), Harley Gallery (Nottingham), and Nottingham Castle Museum.

His art has featured in numerous publications, including Michael Petry’s Hidden Histories, a survey of most influential  gay artists of the C20th, and his work is held in the collections of FNAC (Paris), Duke University (North Carolina), City of Senigalia (Italy), the John Kobal Collection, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and in numerous private collections.

James has been included in The National Portrait Gallery Awards, shortlisted for the Whitworth Young Contemporaries, and has received awards from: The Photographers’ Association, Foyles and Arte Viva Festival (Italy). At the 2014 international Pride Photo Awards  (Netherlands) he came first in the year’s theme category, and won both the Friends of PPA Award and the overall Audience Award.