Barbara Sutherland

Assistant Professor, Fibre

Barbara Sutherland’s area of research entails a cross-disciplinary approach to working with cloth, sculpture and installation. This research is guided by the theory and practice of topology and phenomenology, and is a means of fuelling and developing a corporeal and spiritual awareness.

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The sensory experience of place, privileging the tactile, guides my investigation into spatial relationships. Writer Denis Hollier said, “ is possible to see without being seen but it is not possible to touch without at the same time being touched. One never emerges intact from any contact.”


MFA, Visual Arts, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS.

BFA, Fibre, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, AB.

BA, Physical Geography, University of Victoria, BC.

Selected Professional Activity

Slip, The Ledge Gallery, Epcor Centre for Performing Arts, Calgary, AB, 2014.

River/Water, Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta, 2013.

Swag, Open Spaces: Windows to a View, Telus Convention Centre, City of Calgary, AB, 2012.

Fibreworks 2012, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario, 2012.

Hard Twist 6-Obsession, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, 2011.

Sub Rosa, with Amélie Proulx, Mary E. Black Gallery, Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2010.

Selected Publications

“Under the Radar.” Studio Magazine, Spring 2012. Print.

Peacock, Jan. Sub Rosa: Amélie Proulx and Barbara Sutherland and ideas of translation.[Exhibition Catalogue] Mary E. Black Gallery, July, 2011 Print.

Frere, Mackenzie. “Barbara Sutherland and Genevieve Goodhart: Expanding Intimacy.” Internet magazine: Fibre Quarterly, Spring, May 1, 2007.

Selected Awards

NSCAD University MFA Fellowship, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2008-2010.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2009.

Governor General’s Academic Medal, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, 2007.

Board of Governors Award, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Alberta, 2007.

Louise McKinney Scholarship, Ministry of Advanced Education, Alberta, 2006.