Barriball works in a variety of media, including paint, pencil, ink, found photographs and video projections. Her talent was first spotted in the New Contemporaries exhibition in 2000, and she has had gallery representation since leaving college. She has subsequently shown work internationally in exhibitions including The British Art Show 6 at venues throughout the UK, Rewind at Glassbox in Paris, Superfluity at Latvijas Makslas Akademija in Riga and Bonobos at Niels Borch Jensen Galerie in Berlin.
In 2008 Barriball launched a poster campaign on the escalators of the London Underground, encouraging acts of self-reflection. In 2011 the Milton Keynes Gallery featured a major exhibition of Barriball's work which travelled to the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh in 2012.
She is represented by Frith Street Gallery in London and Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh. Four of her works are held in the collection of the Tate Gallery and solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Gasworks, London; New Art Gallery Walsall; Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen; and Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, among other venues.
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- Anna Barriball at Frith Street Gallery
- Anna Barriball at Ingleby Gallery "Link to artists page, CV, biography and exhibition information: Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh."
- Anna Barriball – Saatchi Gallery