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Gareth Proskourine-Barnett

MA Illustration Senior Lecturer
Camberwell College of Arts
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Gareth  Proskourine-Barnett


Gareth Proskourine-Barnett is an illustrator, researcher and educator. Since graduating with an MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins in 2011 he has worked on a range of self-initiated and commissioned projects, taken part in artist residencies and delivered workshops internationally. His work applies design fictions to speculate on unstable landscapes and the way materials embody histories, incorporating self-publishing, lecture-performances and essay-films as part of an expanded approach to illustration (taken as a performed act).

Recent projects have been presented at the V&A’s Digital Futures Symposium at the Institute of Computing in London, at The New Art Gallery in Walsall, at the REFORM Design Biennale in Denmark, and at Plan8t in Changsha, China. Gareth is currently working towards a PhD at the Royal College of Art in the department of Critical and Historical Studies. His practice-led research project, titled ‘The Spaceship Ziggurat and the Ripped Concrete’, applies a forensic fictioning  to the debris of the Birmingham Central Library, reimagining the site as a regenerative pirate spaceship to reclaim Brutalist architecture as an alien other (or xeno). By applying a materialist reading of the Internet as a space - not a virtual, abstract cyberspace but an augmented version of the old, real world – he is attempting to re-animate our relationship to place and the way that documentary practices can record histories that are being lost, forgotten or misplaced.

Gareth has previously taught at a number of universities across the UK including at Birmingham City University where he was Course Leader for BA Art and Design, and the Royal College of Art. He is also the External Examiner for MA Illustration at Kingston University.


MA Illustration

Gareth Proskourine-Barnett Studio

Gareth Proskourine-Barnett The Spaceship Ziggurat and the Ripped Concrete