Norfolk by Design brings together the curatorial and creative skills of Davina Barber, Paul Barratt and Paul Vater.
After graduating in History of Art from Bristol University Davina Barber worked in London for both the Dickinson and Timothy Taylor Galleries. She went on to set up her own business sourcing unusual furniture and fine art for clients. By then, with four small children in tow, she decided to move back to her home county of Norfolk. Here she discovered a wealth of talented artists and artisans hidden amongst the beautiful landscape. Davina felt the need to showcase their work and along with the aide of Paul Vater and Paul Barratt, Norfolk by Design was born.
Paul Barratt started working in contemporary art galleries in 1989, having graduated in Fine Art from Goldmsith’s, London University. He initially worked at Anthony d’Offay Gallery, one of the contemporary art dealers, who dominated the market in the 80s and 90s. He was approached by the Lisson Gallery to be gallery manager for the influential art dealer Nicholas Logsdail. This was followed by a short period in New York at Gladstone Gallery, to work for visionary art dealer Barbara Gladstone, working with the artist Matthew Barney.
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Paul established his design company, Sugarfree, in 1990 and quickly gained a reputation for delivering fresh, effective marketing campaigns and brand identities for clients including Save the Children Fund, United Nations Association and UNHCR. Over the years those added to the roster include IPC Magazines, Arts Council England, The Roundhouse, Barbican Centre, Arts Marketing Association, Look Ahead Housing and Care, Paddington Waterside, BBC Worldwide, Commonwealth Foundation, Prestel, City of London Corporation, Baker Street Quarter, Victoria BID and the University of East Anglia.
Paul has key responsibilities for branding, marketing and fundraising for Norfolk by Design. Together with his fellow curators he undertakes studio visits to maintain strong relationships with artists, designers and craftspeople who show their work with us. He manages the main Norfolk by Design website and has developed the online shop where selected works are presented for sale.
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Norfolk by Design installation at the stables, Houghton Hall – May to September, 2019