Karma Barnes is a New Zealand born, artist based in NSW, Australia. She graduated in 2014 with a Masters Degree in Creative and Expressive Arts Practise and 2009 with a Bachelors Degree of Art and Creativity. Her creative practice encompasses modalities including installation, participatory practices, street art and land art, through her projects Imagine the Land and <In.scribe> Youth Arts Mentoring; established in Australia and New Zealand as well as internationally.
The Imagine the Land Project works to cultivate relationships between people, art and nature through the use of participatory art practices, community and public art presentations. The project has engaged over 10,000 people in collaborative art-making within public art exhibitions, workshops and public arts events to produce large scale site-specific installations. Projects have included The Contemporary Art Gallery of Rome (2019), Te Uru - West Auckland Regional Gallery (NZ 2016), YWCA National Child Protection Launch (NSW, 2016) The Bhoom Festival (New Delhi, 2015), The Wallace Gallery (NZ 2012), The Wellington Museum of Land & Sea (NZ 2011) and The Villa de Leyva Museum (Colombia 2010).
Karma is a registered art therapist, project director and community arts facilitator with extensive experience working with a diverse range of populations including youth, women’s groups, Indigenous and cultural groups and communities with special needs. Karma has worked with peek community social and health organisations throughout the Northern Rivers bridging the personal, social and ecological. She has been directing the award-winning <In.scribe> Youth Arts Mentoring Project since 2013. The project has produced public artworks across the Northern Rivers including the regions largest youth artwork; an 80-meter mural. The project has produced projects with NGO's and communities in the Northern Territory, Timor Leste and India.
K A R M A B A R N E S
MA Creative ECAP, Grad.Cert ECAP, BA Art & Creativity.
Professional Registration ANZACATA
Image: Giorgio Sacher