Kate Barry is a Canadian artist currently based on the the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) nations in Vancouver, BC.

Kate Barry is a performance artist working in drawing, painting and video.  Her work centers on embodied practice; she employs live art methodologies including body, object relationships to create performative-paintings and video. 

Specializing in performance art, video and live art practices, Barry’s work spans almost three decades queering notions of gender and sexuality through painting and drawing. Her current research centers on site-specific performative-painting and video installation. Barry has developed a methodology called performative-aktion-painting which is a collaboration between body, object and site. It’s an approach that employs handmade paint brushes to create large-scale action paintings on unstretched canvas. The handmade brushes are used sculpturally as an extension of the queer body.  Mediated through video and video projections the camera expands the live art experience through time and space. 

Barry has contributed 25+ years to working in artist-run spaces committed to the exhibition of artwork outside the mainstream. She has performed and exhibited in galleries and festivals throughout Canada and internationally, including the National Gallery of Canada, Live Art Ireland, Vancouver Art Gallery, Open Space (Victoria), 7a*11d Festival of Performance Art (Toronto), World Pride Toronto, and the Rider Project (NYC).  In addition, she has self-produced work at the Musee d’Orsay (Paris, France) and Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto).

Currently, Kate Barry is a sessional faculty at Emily Carr University of Art & Design and serves on a Collective called the Mutual Aid and Reciprocity Fund (MARFEC) at ECU. Barry is also a member of the Board of Directors of the artist-run-centre, The Western Front (Vancouver). In 2017, Barry was the Programmer for the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen  (MPCAS), a large, outdoor, urban screen launched by grunt gallery and the City of Vancouver in 2020 (right before the pandemic hit). She was also the project manager for More Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women and she worked as the archival and research associate for the book, Wordless: The Performance Art of Rebecca Belmore in 2019. From 2011-2014, Barry was a member of the Board of Directors for FADO Performance Art Centre (Toronto).

Kate Barry has curated several shows most notably, PLACE for the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen, grunt gallery, Vancouver, 2019-2020; Nature Lover: Performance for the Camera, the Fabulous Fringe Film Festival, Durham Region, 2017; 11:45PM: FADO Performance Art Centre’s Emerging Artist Series at Xpace Gallery,2014, and White Wedding to the Snow: Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephen’s performance art wedding in Ottawa, Canada, 2010. From 2013 until 2016, she wrote a popular Blog called Performance Art13 that focused on the Toronto performance art scene from a visual art perspective.

Kate Barry is represented by Vtape, Toronto, Canada.

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