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

  • Environmental art is a broad term encapsulating art that creates an immersive ‘environment’, often made for an urban or rural space, as opposed to a traditional gallery. The term was popularised in the late 1960s by artists pushing the boundaries of sculpture and is often closely linked with Land Art. The scope of environmental art is very broad and can be fragile and ephemeral, solid and permanent, large or small scale.

  • 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.