Gav Barbey’s artistic career has spanned 30 years, from his early apprenticeship as a commercial artist, to scenic artist and sculptural prop maker, to the study of theatre and film design at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts.
As a professional Designer Barbey collaborated with such companies as Pina Bausch dance company, Sydney and Melbourne Theatre Co, and was a founding member of Richard Roxburgh’s award winning Co, ‘The Burning House’. He’s early interest in Puppetry, Dance and Image Based performance has taken him to International Festivals as not only a Designer but also as a Performer and Visual Artist. As a Film Maker, Writer and Director Barbey’s films have won awards, and programmed Internationally including ‘Sundance International Film Festival’.
As an Exhibiting Visual Artist Gav has exhibited throughout Australia. Internationally in Korea, Hong Kong and the USA and is held in collections in the above and including the UK and South Africa. His latest body of works is a culmination of visual art, performance and film. In 2005 his first children’s book ‘Little Seed’ was published by Pan MacMillan. His hand painted animation interstitial series ‘Musicmakers’ is distributed by Pantheon International and currently have sold across 10 regions worldwide.
Gav is currently studying for his master’s degree in Interrogational and Transformative studies. His community and environmental work has seen him work with Humane Society International on numerous projects utilizing his visual art and film making, with the Tanzanian NGO Killi Kids Eco Orphange working with orphaned children on healing through artistic expression. Gav has taught at The National Institute of Dramatic Arts, The New South Wales Gallery, Primary schools and corporate workshops. He has held numerous public live and interactive installations in both New York and Australia.