Claire Barclay

Scottish (born 1968)
Claire Barclay Untitled 2006 © Clair Barclay


Born 1968
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Paisley

Claire Barclay was born in Paisley, Scotland. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1986 to 1993: receiving a BA in Environmental Art and a Master of Fine Art. Barclay is known for her prints and large-scale sculptural installations which respond to the exhibition space they are contained within: striking precarious balances between function and dysfunction, chaos and order. Her work has been shown internationally, including solo exhibitions at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (2015-2016); Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (2013 - 2014); and Skulpturi, Copenhagen (2011). Barclay lives and works in Glasgow.

Glossary terms

  • The creation of environments - installations that surround the viewer and with which the viewer interacts - that emerged in the 1960s with artists such as Allan Kaprow. It is also loosely applied to any art practice addressing environmental concerns and to Land Art.

  • An art practice developed in the second half of the twentieth  century that broke away from the view of a sculpture as a singular object to be looked at. Instead, installation artists create an environment that may surround the viewer. Many are temporary or created for a particular location.